A NEW recipe book aimed at helping people who have lost their sense of taste following Covid is set to launch in a North East city.

The book is available to 3,000 residents across Sunderland in a collaboration between the City Council and award-winning chef Ryan Riley.

Mr Riley was inspired to set up his Life Kitchen cookery school in 2018 after nursing his mother Krista who died from terminal cancer.

Using ingredients and textures designed to combat the loss of taste and smell some cancer patients experience as a result of their treatment.

With Life Kitchen co-founder Kimberley Duke, he has turned his expertise to helping people who, are still suffering from the loss of taste and smell following Covid-19.

The 54 page full colour hardback book contains 18 specifically designed recipes aimed at addressing Covid taste loss.The book also offers health and wellbeing information in collaboration with Abscent charity. The book will also be available from: Sunderland Royal Hospitals, Macmillan Cancer, GP surgeries, St Benedict's Hospice, Sunderland Voluntary and community sector organisations, and Local Food banks.