The Cotswolds Cook book is taking the Cotswolds by storm and it has just landed in my kitchen!
A one-of-a-kind cook book filled with stunning photos, beautiful recipes and the stories behind the Cotswolds’ finest independent restaurants, cafés, delicatessens, pubs, producers and suppliers. This book is all about championing local suppliers and making the most of all the food and drink on offer by creating innovative and delicious dishes that all home cooks can try.
Released this month, The Cotswolds Cook Book brings together the very best of the region’s burgeoning food and drink scene; from a fantastic array of independent restaurants and cafés to pubs, delis, producers and suppliers.
The Cotswolds Cook Book features over 40 recipes and strives to capture and promote the region’s vibrant, diverse approach to catering, with each chapter focusing on delicious yet unique recipes and the stories behind each foodie business.
Good food is easy to find in the Cotswolds; its home to some of the best independent food businesses in the UK and with this book you can recreate their signature dishes. You may recognise a few familiar faces such as Michelin star chef David Everitt-Matthias, Cotswold Chef of the Year winner Richard Craven and MasterChef: The Professionals contestant Wayne Sullivan who have all supplied an exclusive recipe to the book – edible encouragement for readers to dig out their aprons!
“It’s been a pleasure taking part in The Cotswold Cook Book. My wife and I decided to move to The Cotswolds from London 30 years ago, we had intended to stay just a few years, but we fell in love with the area and its rich larder including so many small scale and respectable producers. The Cotswold Cook Book celebrates some of the best in the region from a high end Indian restaurant to a great local distillery and farmers market. Enjoy the book and get cooking!”
Says the proprietor of Le Champignon Sauvage, David Everritt-Matthias, who has shared the recipe for his chocolate and walnut oil ganache with roasted pears.
You will find contributions from a range of unique venues such as Bibury trout farm, Star Bistro who work with young people with disabilities, travelling-inspired café The Straw Kitchen, The Sweet Potato Spirit Company, bespoke private caterers The Little Pickle, numerous award-winning eateries and food co-operative Cotswold Taste; it’s clear that the Cotswolds is all-encompassing when it comes to the culinary industry.
“We a truly thrilled to be featured in The Cotswolds Cook Book, we live and work in an absolutely fantastic region with some brilliant chefs and food businesses.
“Since we set up The Little Pickle just over two years ago, we’ve been cooking our way around all corners of the Cotswolds and we’ve enjoyed every second of it,” says Alex from The Little Pickle who gave their recipe for gin & beetroot cured salmon with beetroot slaw and salmon croquettes.
The recipes are achievable by all home cooks and also serves as a guide you could use the book as a guide for all the best places to go in areas including Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, Nailsworth, Chipping Campden, Shipston-on-Stour and Worcestershire. The extensive selection of eateries will leave you spoilt for choice with all your favourites and a few new haunts.
And to complement these delicious delicacies, The Cotswolds Cook Book also serves its readers a broad spectrum of drink inspiration. Shake up a cocktail or two with Cotswolds Distillery’s chilled concoctions, have a go at creating an All-Day Breakfast Martini or Espresso Martini from The Sweet Potato Spirit Company, make the perfect cafetiere coffee with Rave Coffee and discover some new tipples with wine specialists The Grape Escape who provided an unmissable wine pairing guide.
Here executive chair of Cotswold Taste Nick Waloff praises the prosperity of the area’s independent food scene, being one of the many who excitedly awaits the book’s release:
“The Cotswolds region produces great food and drink, and The Cotswolds Cook Book is a truly spectacular romp through some of the best of the best. Cotswold Taste is very pleased to be a part of the action. Well done, Meze Publishing!”
With an abundance of passionate chefs, dedicated suppliers, bakers, producers and suppliers, it is clear that the people of Cotswolds really have something to shout about.
The Cotswolds Cook Book retails at just £14.95 and will be available in all of the businesses featured in the book. It will also be sold in select local gift shops, book shops including Waterstones, and online on at www.mezepublishing.co.uk/shop.
The book is the 20th in the ‘Get Stuck In’ series of regional cookbooks by Meze Publishing, who were crowned Best Newcomer at the Independent Publishing Awards 2016.
Roll up your sleeves, get stuck in and let me know how you get on!!!