QMS launches celebrity cookbook

A television celebrity has co-released a charity cookbook featuring meat recipes from famous Scots.

Carol Smillie, who is an advocate of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), has embarked on a campaign to encourage people to rediscover how beneficial it is to take time and eat together.

Smillie is one of a variety of Scottish celebrities who have contributed to the Round the Table cookbook, which features simple recipes for beef, lamb and pork. Other celebrities included TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and football legend Sir Alex Ferguson, and profits from the book will go children’s charities CHAS and Children First.

To support the book, QMS commissioned a YouGov survey of more than 1,000 adults, which found that 37% of people questioned never sat around the table to eat a meal as a family. It was also revealed that 31% of adults choose to eat in front of the television every night of the week.

Smillie said: “When I was growing up, family mealtimes were important – we all took our turn at setting the table and helped with the washing up. I have tried to instill the same habits in my own children. Like other families across Scotland, we have a busy lifestyle but we make a huge effort to ensure we are regularly in the same place at the same time so we can eat together.”


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