If there’s one meal I simply cannot skip – it’s my breakfast. Growing up, we always had a hearty breakfast – almost always chappatis either with eggs or jam, or even with left overs from the night before. There was also fruit, oats (a whole other story!), cheese, sausages, etc on offer. My brothers would end the meal with jam and cream on their chappatis! And when they were in their teens, we lost count of the number of chappatis they polished off in one go….

Now you might not really be interested in what I ate for breakfast, but wouldn’t you love to know what some of the greats ate for theirs? Thomas Edison, Rosa Parks, Jane Austen…..Interesting, right?

Sample this from Winston Churchill: Poached egg, toast with jam and butter, cold meats, grapefruit, whisky, cigar ! 


the most important meals of their lives winston churchill

The Most Important Meals of Their Lives

The Most Important Meals of Their Lives is an e-book that has been launched by Send a Cow,  a British charity, as part  of its new Break… Fast appeal.

The Send A Cow team spent a weeks looks at historical records, talking to experts, inspecting archives and personal correspondence of several famous world figures to find out what they ate. They sourced recipes of breakfasts that were actually eaten or inspired by some of the men and women who continue to inspire us with the lives they lived and their achievements. Send A Cow called in a team of professional chefs and food historians to put together this collection of 18 breakfast recipes.

Did you know that Mahatma Gandhi, who spent a great deal of time experimenting with food to find the perfect diet, often ate porridge and cocoa and goat’s milk for breakfast.

And to think that the Bard of Avon actually wrote all the wonderful works he did on a breakfast of sops – stale bread and milk!

the most important meals of their lives william shakespeare

My most favourite author, Jane Austen, did much better with pound cake, tea, toast and cocoa. 🙂

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While giving us some new recipes, the book also gives us a peek into the daily lives and routines of some of the world’s most influential people. For example, although Charles Darwin may forever be remembered for the theory of evolution, but he was also an early pioneer of a low-carb approach, and was experimenting with a cayenne pepper diet over a hundred years ago!

Today I invite you to download ‘The Most Important Meals Of Their Lives’ here

But before you do, find out more about Send A Cow’s Break….Fast campaign for the children of Africa:

A good breakfast gives a child the energy to go to school and reach their potential. However, millions of children in Africa don’t have enough to eat. Research* shows that up to one in every three (34%) people in Uganda and almost a third (29%) in Rwanda are gravely undernourished – an estimated 15 million people. Without full stomachs youngsters struggle to focus on their school lessons and are prevented from realising their individual potential. Send a Cow’s Break… Fast appeal aims to raise £500,000 to give children in Africa a better start, and every £1 donated will be doubled by the UK government until 30th June 2014.

“We know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but too many children are not getting that vital head start. Across Uganda and Rwanda, 15 million are gravely undernourished. Given the right chance, any one of those children could be the next Florence Nightingale or Neil Armstrong.” ~ Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening

Support the Break…Fast appeal to provide seeds, tools and livestock so families can grow enough food to feed themselves. There is a suggested a donation of £2.50 to the Break… Fast appeal. A £2.50 donation, when doubled, by the UK Government, is enough to ensure a child can get all the benefits of a nutritious breakfast for an entire month.

“Research shows that a full stomach plays a key role in doing well in education. With the opportunity to eat a healthy breakfast every morning, children in some of the poorest parts of Africa will have the vital nutrients they need to go to school and concentrate on their lessons. And if they can prosper in their education they have an excellent chance of breaking free from poverty and achieving their true potential.” Simon Barnes, CEO of Send a Cow


the Break…Fast Appeal from Send a Cow on Vimeo.

So go ahead and download the book, but also spread the word and make a your contribution towards helping the children in Africa enjoy the most important meals of their lives! For more information on the Break… Fast Appeal please visit www.sendacow.org.uk or tweet @Sendacow with the hashtag #BestStart.

*According to the Global Hunger Index 2013 from the International Food Policy Resource Institute (IFPRI)