The Cambridgeshire Cook Book, published by Meze Publishing, is a celebration of the vibrant food and drink scene on our doorstep. I followed the cook book’s progress and as soon as it was released, I snapped up a copy! So I was thrilled when I was invited to attend the official launch. It was held at The Shack, which is a rather snazzy covered outdoor space at Gog Magog Hills, perfect for an event like this.
The launch was organised by Gerla de Boer of Cambridge Food Tour, who wrote the cook book’s welcome message. In attendance were many of the people and independent businesses featured in The Cambridgeshire Cook Book, as well as Paul Cocker and Lisa Pullen of Meze Publishing.
The Cambridgeshire Cook Book features over 40 recipes by the region’s chefs, restaurants, cafés, pubs, shops, producers and suppliers. It includes a Recommended Wine List, compiled by Cambridge Wine Merchants, to pair with some of the recipes in the book. Great idea!
The foreword was written by two-Michelin-starred chef Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House. There are 192 pages of delicious recipes and gorgeous colour photos. The Cambridgeshire Cook Book was compiled by Lisa Pullen, who hails from St Neots.
The launch took place on a lovely summer’s evening and we enjoyed Prosecco and a selection of tantalising food from the recipes and producers featured in The Cambridgeshire Cook Book, such as The OOO Company, Shelford Delicatessen, Norfolk Street Bakery, Sedgwick’s Charcuterie and Chocolat Chocolat, among others.
I had the pleasure to meet Jin Yee Chung, winner of the 2015 Cambridge Bake Off, who brought a stunning mango mouse and pandan layer cake for the event. It was almost too beautiful to slice. You’ll be pleased to know that Jin’s recipe for his delicious pandan layer cake is in The Cambridgeshire Cook Book. If this doesn’t convince me to invest in a KitchenAid stand mixer, nothing will!
The fabulous people and independent businesses included in The Cambridgeshire Cook Book are:
The Anchor Inn
Barker Bros Butchers
The Black Bull Inn
The Blue Lion
Cambridge Chop House
Cambridge Cookery School
Cambridge Dining Company
The Cambridge Distillery
Cambridge Food Tour
Cambridge Wine Merchants
The Carpenters Arms
Clare College Catering
Croxton Park Partnership
Dale Pinnock, The Medicinal Chef
Elder Street Farm Shop & Deli Café
The Free Press
The George Hotel and Brasserie
Gog Magog Hills
The Horseshoe Inn
Inder’s Kitchen Ltd
Jin Yee Chung, winner of the 2015 Cambridge Bake Off
The Larder at Burwash Manor
The Merry Monk
Norfolk Street Bakery
The OOO Company
The Prince Albert
The Red Lion Inn
The Royal Standard
St John’s Chop House
Tom’s Cakes Ltd
The Urban Shed
The White Pheasant
The Willow Tree
There are mouth-watering recipes for a variety of delectable foods such as cake, chicken, venison, asparagus, scallops, duck, cheese, pork, salmon, sea bass, tuna, crab, polenta, spinach, strawberries… the list goes on. You will have to flip through the pages to see all of the delights!
The Cambridgeshire Cook Book is priced at £14.95 and can be purchased at any of the businesses featured in the book. It is also available at select local gift shops and book shops, including Waterstones. You can also get it online at Amazon.
Meze Publishing is the brainchild of specialist cook book designer Paul Cocker and experienced publisher Phil Turner. The firm specialises in publishing cook books and has already created regional ones for Nottingham, Derbyshire and Sheffield. I’m told there’s a cook book in the works for neighbouring Suffolk, so stay tuned! You can follow Meze Publishing on Twitter or Facebook for all the latest news.
I was invited to attend the launch of The Cambridgeshire Cook Book. I did not receive compensation for my review. All views are my own.
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