Ryan created his Life Kitchen cookery school in memory of his mother, whose cancer treatment dulled her taste buds and took away her enjoyment of food. It became his mission to discover whether there was a way to bring that pleasure back. Working with Professor Barry Smith (founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses at UCL), he picks out ingredients, textures, and techniques that reignite that spark of enjoyment in eating. He does this with brilliantly clever combinations of ingredients, often using the fifth taste, umami, to heighten and amplify the flavours in his dishes - all of which he teaches at his cookery classes, which have been hosted throughout the UK.

Life Kitchen: Quick, easy, mouth-watering recipes to revive the joy of eating

  • Riley, Ryan

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