Remarkable Success of ‘Cookery Book With a Difference’ is Boost to New Children’s Kidney Centre at Great Ormond Street
LONDON, August 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
A book entitled A Life in Food, a personal perspective on cooking and hospitality by
the pioneer of boutique hotels, is proving to be a big winner for a new children’s kidney
centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Written by Bea Tollman, the Founder and President
of Red Carnation Hotels, the book has been so successful that it is being reprinted for
the third time. Its earlier two editions have completely sold out, selling nearly 8000
copies. Patients with kidney conditions at Great Ormond Street Hospital are benefitting
from this remarkable success, with the full selling price of the book going towards Great
Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
A Life in Food is part cookery book, part autobiography. It charts Bea Tollman’s
remarkable career in the hospitality industry. In three continents, and in a career
spanning more than 50 years, she has been at the forefront of the trend towards boutique
hotels. The lavishly-illustrated account of her life is interspersed with recipes for many
of the ‘signature’ dishes which she has created at her restaurants and hotels.
Bea Tollman said, “Over the years, many people have asked me how I learned to cook,
and where my journey with both fine dining and comfort food began. A Life in Food is the
result. I hope it brings to others a little of the pleasure which cooking has given me all
my life. And I am delighted that proceeds from the book are going to such an important
Notes to editors
A Life in Food is available from Amazon.co.uk: Price GBP25.00
Red Carnation owns and operates 14 award-winning luxury boutique hotels. These are
situated in the UK, the Channel Islands, South Africa, Switzerland and the United States.
They are predominantly 5-star, providing a level of service considered by many to be
unparalleled. Not only is this reflected in the countless industry and media awards which
the hotels have won, but in the words and actions of regular guests, whose repeat
business, reviews and recommendations to others are a source of enormous pride for
In London, Red Carnation has the Milestone, 41, Egerton House, The Chesterfield
(Mayfair), The Montague and The Rubens. In Evershot, Dorset, it has Summer Lodge, an
outstanding country house hotel. In St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Red Carnation has two hotels
- The Old Government House and the Duke of Richmond. In Geneva, Red Carnation has the
Hotel d’Angleterre, situated on the shores of Lake Geneva. And in Palm Beach, Red
Carnation has The Chesterfield (Palm Beach). Finally, in South Africa, Red Carnation has
three hotels – the Twelve Apostles, just outside Cape Town; Bushman’s Kloof, a Relais &
Chateau hotel located in the heart of the bush, nearly 130 miles from Cape Town; and the
Oyster Box at Umhlanga.
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust is the country’s
leading centre for treating sick children, with the widest range of specialists under one
roof. With the UCL Institute of Child Health, we are the largest centre for paediatric
research outside North America and play a key role in training children’s health
specialists for the future.
Our charity needs to raise GBP50 million every year to help rebuild and refurbish
Great Ormond Street Hospital, buy vital equipment and fund pioneering research. With your
help we provide world class care to our very ill children and their families.
The British Kidney Patient Association (BKPA) Children’s Kidney Centre at Great Ormond
Street Hospital brings together the dialysis unit and kidney wards for inpatients and
contains 15 inpatient beds and 10 haemodialysis beds. It also includes a brand new teenage
area for older patients who need to come into the hospital on a regular basis for
dialysis. The new ward offers more space and en suite facilities providing more privacy
and comfort for patients and their families.
1. The Starlight Children’s Foundation also benefits in part from the sales.
For further information, or to receive a review copy of the book, please telephone or
Great Ormond Street: Andrea Ttofa, Deputy Head of Communications Tel: +44(0)20-7239-3039 email: Andrea.Ttofa@GOSH.ORG Red Carnation: Stephanie Chiswell Tel: +44(0)20-7514-5633 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Red Carnation Hotels and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital