Get behind the crowdfunding campaign for a clever new cookbook to raise funds for, and awareness of, cystic fibrosis and immune suppression.

Twenty-eight-year-old Pippa Kent, who has cystic fibrosis, underwent a double lung transplant last year. The operation saved her life – and altered it for ever.

Now, and for the rest of her days, she must take immunosuppressant drugs, which weaken her immune system, to make her body less likely to reject her new lungs. She must also follow a strict diet suitable for immune suppression.

Pippa says: “As a complete foodie all my life, one of the things that immediately stood out post-transplant was the food limitations that would now be imposed on me.

“Taking a concoction of immune suppressant medication meant that there was suddenly a whole list of foods that were off limits, such as rare meat, blue cheeses, soft-boiled eggs, and an additional list of considerations when it came to food purchase and preparation.

“Eating was something that had to be thought about in a different way, and calculated in terms of risk, rather than just something I could enjoy. With hundreds of cookbooks at home, I was faced with the reality that I could no longer simply open one and cook from it. I decided I wanted to do something about it.”

So what did she do? She created a recipe book – in collaboration with well-known chefs, restaurants, foodies and a specialist team of dieticians – full of delicious ideas that are suitable for transplant and immune suppression patients. (Thousands of people in the UK take immunosuppressants, including transplant patients and those suffering with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis.)

With a background in food and drink PR, Pippa enlisted an army of high-profile foodies to contribute recipes to the book. Gizzi Erskine, Paul Ainsworth, Tommy Banks, Leon, Burger & Lobster, and Honey and Co are all on board.

But – and it’s a big but – creating a book is expensive. Creating a beautiful cookbook is very expensive. Pippa needs to find the money to cover great design, photography, proofing and printing costs. So far, she has raised £9,705 of the £58,000 she needs to get the presses rolling. Time is of the essence: Pippa needs to raise the funds by 20 May 2018 if the project is to proceed.

To back her campaign, visit Kickstarter page.

Pippa will donate a proportion of the proceeds from Now What Can I Eat? to the Papworth Hospital Trust and the Brompton and Harefield Hospital Trust.

April 2018