Chelsea Pensioners and celebs launch kitchen offensive

<p>Proving that &quot;an army &shy;marches on its stomach&quot;, the Chelsea Pensioners are teaming up with celebrity foodies to launch a fund&shy;raising cookbook. </p><p><em>A Salute to Cooking</em>, which is published by indie publisher Bene Factum, features more than 100 recipes, including Joanna Lumley&#39;s sephardic orange cake and London mayor Boris Johnson&#39;s cheese on toast. Celebrity chef rivals Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay are also contributing, with Oliver offering &quot;Honeymoon Spaghetti&quot; which he discovered during his Italian honeymoon, and Ramsay submitting &quot;London Particular&quot;, a ham and pea soup inspired by London&#39;s thick &quot;pea souper&quot; fogs. </p><p>All profits will help fund the modernisation of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. The idea for the book came from Angela Currie, wife of Major-General Peter Currie, lieutenant governor of the Royal Hospital. After meeting through mutual friends, Currie began to co-ordinate the title with Bene Factum m.d. Anthony Weldon. Weldon said: &quot;I see this project as being in line with all the other fundraising for the military going on at the moment. The hospital has a traditional fa&ccedil;ade, but what goes on behind it is very contemporary.&quot; </p><p>Famous figures proved easy to persuade to contribute. Weldon said: &quot;I was able to get photographer Mario Testino and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, but everyone was so keen to support the cause. The Chelsea Pensioners are national treasures.&quot; </p><p>The recipes will be grouped according to courses,&shy; with cakes and snacks also included. There will be two set menus; a &quot;Victory Menu&quot; provided by cookery writer Marguerite Patten, developed from her Second World War recipes, and Baroness Thatcher&#39;s &quot;Cabinet Lunch&quot;, detailing the three-course meal she used to serve during her time as prime minister. A &quot;Field Marshal&#39;s Fare&quot; chapter will comprise recipes from the six living Field Marshals (the rank is currently suspended), including the Duke of Edinburgh. The book will also include a foreword by the Prince of Wales. </p><p><em>A Salute to Cooking</em> will be launched on 13th October in hardback, priced &pound;14.99. Weldon said the book would be targeted at the Christmas gift market. &quot;The book is aimed at everyone, especially those looking for an affordable Christmas or birthday present who would also like to think that their money was going to a great cause,&quot; said Currie.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>