Celebrate the region’s vibrant food and drink scene with The Leicestershire & Rutland Cook Book
The book is the 10th in the ‘Get Stuck In’ series of regional cook books by Meze Publishing, who were recently crowned Best Newcomer at the Independent Publishing Awards.
Tim Hart, the owner of Harts Nottingham, Hambleton Bakery and Hambleton Hall has written the foreword for the book as well as contributing his ploughman’s parcel and focaccia recipes.
“Great restaurants need great ingredients. Happily we are seeing more and more small producers growing vegetables, making cheese or charcuterie or raising animals for the table. I still sometimes envy our continental neighbours for their food traditions and great ingredients, but for game, beef, lamb, cheese and of course pork pies we are unbeatable!” he said.
Food lovers are spoilt for choice by the numerous award-winning, fine dining restaurants and traditional country pubs that Leicestershire & Rutland has to offer. The book also highlights local producers and suppliers in areas including Loughborough, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Market Harborough, Narborough, Newton Linford, Hallaton and Glenfield.
Among the venues featured are John’s House; Leicestershire’s only Michelin starred restaurant, Leicester Market who were voted ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ and Marquess of Exeter, ran by chef and proprietor Brian Baker who is the youngest ever chef to earn a Michelin star and has cooked for many celebrities such as Elton John and Valentino. Labour parliamentary candidate Matthew O’Callaghan who was awarded an OBE also contributes to the book, sharing his love for cheese and pies. After all; he is the chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association.
"I am so pleased for The Marquess of Exeter and that our recipe features in the Leicestershire & Rutland Cook Book. It’s a great way to inspire people to cook and to promote all the local expertise!” said Brian Baker who is a big fan of the Leicestershire & Rutland food scene.
You will also see contributions from Charnwood Brewery, Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Kayal, Gelato Village, Walter Smith and many more – readers will be sure to spot one or two of their favourite eateries, as well as find a few new haunts.
Owner of interactive chocolatier Cocoa Amore, Pete Gardener is excited to see the book in print.
“I love operating my business in Leicestershire with so many other complimentary foodie businesses on my doorstep and it is a privilege to be part of the Leicestershire cook book showcasing some of the best my county has to offer.”
With a carefully selected collection of diverse recipes achievable by all home cooks, from Delilah’s French toast to Fox and Hounds’ monkfish with madras, vermouth and granny smith velouté, James’ Café Bistro’s lemon torte with strawberry and honey sorbet, Walter Smith Fine Foods’ chicken chasseur and Beautiful Pubs Collective’s duck rillette - there’s something to whet everybody’s appetite.
The Leicestershire & Rutland Cook Book retails at just £14.95 and will be available soon in all of the businesses featured in the book as well as select local gift shops, book shops including Waterstones and online at www.amazon.co.uk.