Charity ‘Celebrity Spice’ Cook Book

Celebrity Spice cookbookParveen’s cookbook, ‘Celebrity Spice’ is available to buy now, from

“Britain is a nation of curry lovers” said Parveen, “So I thought it’d be a great idea to collect the curry favourites from celebrities and provide a tailor made dish for them, then list all the recipes in a cook book for everyone to enjoy.” Parveen says it was interesting to find out what different celebrities liked, “Sir Michael Parkinson‘s favourite curry is classic Bombay potatoes, Sir Richard Branson‘s is chicken pilau rice and Sir Trevor McDonald loves lamb bhuna.” Parveen says she was a little surprised by some of the celebrities’ choices: “I would have thought Bear Grylls would have gone for a hot and spicy vindaloo, but he prefers a mild korma. And the lovely Leona Lewis is a vegetarian. Her chickpea curry is really tasty.”

Others who have contributed are Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor (who plays Sally Webster), footballer Nigel De Jong, boxer Amir Khan, model Gemma Atkinson and many more. “Some came to my home for lessons, it was surreal to see famous footballers and soap stars in my kitchen chopping onions” said Parveen.


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Parveen wants all the proceeds from the charity cookbook to go to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in gratitude for the care her son received after a sudden illness. Three years ago Hashim, now 17, was left brain damaged and was in a coma for eight weeks after contracting a virus. His family were told to expect the worst but after six months of intense rehabilitation at the Hospital, he defied the odds and slowly began to pull through. Hashim had to learn to walk, talk and feed himself again and went on to make miraculous progress. He finally was well enough to go back to school and went on to achieve eight GCSEs. Parveen said, “The care he received from a raft of dedicated professionals was truly outstanding. As a family we are indebted to the hospital as their love and care given was 110 percent at all times.”

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Parveen wants to dedicate the cookbook to her son: “I also felt that doing the book is a good way to show Hashim the goodness that came out of him being ill and also to show other people there is light at the end of the tunnel. The book is dedicated to the sheer determination of Hashim and the miracle that he is within the medical world.”