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In this most marvellous, historic week for our city and county I’m delighted to announce that the Leicestershire and Rutland Cookbook is now available!

Published by specialist cookbook publishers Meze, it’s the latest in a series of regional cookbooks that celebrates local restaurants, food producers, delis, markets, brewers and more. In each case Meze works with a local food writer (in this case me!) to capture the spirit of each business and create profiles along with superb photography and recipes supplied from each business.

It’s been a great project for me to be involved in – giving the chance to meet and talk with many of the most passionate, creative and committed food  people in the region. The 192-page book  features  over 30 great businesses from the city centre  to rural Rutland – many of whom have been featured in this blog over the years as well as some new arrivals and older busineses that were new to me.

The book really does look beautiful and I hope is a good read as well as a storehouse of recipes. It is priced £14.95 and is available from all the businesses featured. Have a look a around for it and if you are interested please buy from them.  It should also be available from Waterstone’s and online ordering soon too for those outside the county.

  • The Leicestershire and Rutland Cookbook, written by Tim Burke,  published by Meze Publishing  £14.95 ISBN 9780992898182

 

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Great Food Club

August 8, 2014

Many, maybe most, readers will know about Great Food Club. It’s a great initiative for the East Midlands, providing a great source of information about the region’s best independent restaurants, cafes and food producers and supplying handy discounts too. Founder Matt Wright, for whom I do the odd bit of writing, has produced a short (74 second!) film that explains what it’s all about.  Membership is free so if you’ve not yet joined, have a listen to Matt and see what you think.

 

You can also find out more at www.greatfoodclub.co.uk

Kitchen Cabinet

January 25, 2012

Could be an intriguing evening for food lovers coming up in Melton next month. A new Radio 4 talk show the Kitchen Cabinet is being recorded at the Cattle Market on 7 February from about 6pm. It sounds like a straightforward Gardener’s Question Time format with audience questions, but the panel sounds lively enough: chair is Jay Rayner and other panellists include Allegra McEvedy, Stefan Gates, Rachel McCormack and Peter Barham – consultant food scientist to Heston B and Rene at Noma.

Entrance is free but you need to get a ticket – go here for details:  Kitchen Cabinet details.  I’ve got one  – hope to see you there.

Come dine…

November 6, 2010

Received a letter today inviting me to apply to be in the reality home cooking programme Come Dine With Me.  Now personally I’d rather boil my head than expose my cookery skills for national humiliation, or indeed invite the kind of people I’ve seen on that show into my little house.   However, you may feel differently. So if you feel you “have what it takes to throw a great dinner party”, they are looking for Leicestershire people right now. Send an email with your name , address and contact numbers  to comedinewithme@itv.com or call 0871 200 3939  (10p per call plus 10p a minute, mobiles may be considerably more etc etc).

Great Food

July 23, 2010

I started this blog mainly because I just wanted to keep writing about food, and local restaurants in particular.  I’d spent five enjoyable years doing proper independent  reviews for Metro, and when that finished I was frustrated there was not better media coverage of  the local food scene. There was the defiantly non-specialist reviews in the Leicester Mercury, the blatant  advertorials in a couple of rather vacuous style mags and the equally ad-grab reviews in the county set mags. A rather dull Midlands glossy called The Foodie occasionally gets over to Leicestershire.

So hurray for the newly-launched bi-monthly Great Food Leicestershire and Rutland, a glossy magazine that does what it says in the tin. Coming straight outta Melton Mowbray it’s a commerical proposition but one that does seem to be driven by a genuine passion for the area and for good food. The first issue has news of local events and products, features such as a farmshop map, and articles on  producers such as Nigel Moon at Whissendine Mill and local produce including stilton, bread from the Hambleton  bakery (which you will have read about on this blog of course) and local beers.  Local towns and villages are profiled for eating and drinking options, local chefs such as Danny Jimminson from the Hammer and Pincers and Adi Sinha from Memsaab contribute articles and recipes and there’s reviews of other places familar to readers of this blog  – including the Collyweston  Slater. Sure the reviews are all positive, but  they do give the impression at least of being genuine recommendations rather quid pro qu0 for adverts.

The articles are generally short and sweet, there’s a refreshing lack of pretention or ponciness and the photography and layout are good quality. Overall, it’s a terrific start and congratulations to editor Matthew Wright.  You can find out more at their website www.greatfoodleics.co.uk  and if you are quick you may be able to get a free copy of the July/August issue. If you do contact them, you might like to mention this blog.

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