About Me

Hi!  Welcome to my website. I’m Kenny McGovern, a food writer and recipe developer, and author of The Takeaway Secret book series. I’ve been obsessed with recreating takeaway and fast food style dishes at home since I was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder – you can read a longer version of that story in my books.

I experiment with ingredients, recipes and dishes to try to recreate some of the world’s most famous fast foods, as well as dishes which are more region specific.  Those recipes can be found on this site, and in the books below.

The Takeaway Secret (2010)
More Takeaway Secrets (2012)
The Takeaway Secret 2nd Edition (2017)
The Street Food Secret (2018)
The American Diner Secret (2019)
The Indian Takeaway Secret (2021)
The Chinese Takeaway Secret (2022)
The Mexican Takeaway Secret (2023)
The Thai Takeaway Secret (2024)

BBC: I Made My Own Fast Food (2020)

The Student Pocket Guide
Baked Salt & Chilli Chicken Wings
BBQ Pulled Chicken
MacAulay & Co, BBC Radio Scotland
The James Whale Show, TalkRadio
DriveTime with John Beattie, BBC Radio Scotland

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram.

If you’d like to work with me or collaborate on anything food related, you can contact me here.