Ah, isn’t it nice to read a book where there are references in it you recognise? This applies to fiction and non fiction in my eyes.
So I was sent a review copy of The Leicestershire & Rutland Cook Book and being the diligent little reviewer that I am, I read it cover to cover and in order. As in I started at the front and moved all the way through to the end. Now, the foreword by the chappy who owns Hambleton Hall got my back up a bit. It harked back to the old days of when Leicestershire was not such a centre of gastro delight. Now I am not so young as to not remember these days. A posh meal out in Leicester in the 80s was hard to find. In fact even in the 90s it wasn’t especially easy. But the last word he gave on his little intro irritated the hell out of me. ‘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!’ It feels so apologetic. Surely this is not foreword fodder. I’m hoping people who are not as anally retentive as me will skip straight past this to Tim Burke’s foreword, the Leicester Mercury restaurant reviewer and writer of the wonderful local blog Eyes on the Prize. I love Tim. The man can write. I had the pleasure of meeting him and his fabulous girlfriend at the launch evening and he was as engaging in person as he is in print.
Anyway, I really do like this book very much. There are recipes for gin cocktails, pork pies, curries, burgers, french toast, cakes, pies, lots of venison and Stilton as you might imagine, and on the whole the book feels balanced. If I were being hyper critical I’d say there’s a lot of meat. The veggies might feel a little sad given the heritage of Leicester’s Indian veggie cuisine. I’d also suggest that the amazing chefs who have submitted some of these recipes might think about their audience a little more – most people who buy this will admittedly be foodie types. But some of the recipes are laborious at best. Then again chefs are chefs, not cook book writers. The two are very different things.
All the recipes have been submitted by restaurants/cafes/small producers with a little blurb about them and what they do. Now this is a tricky format to follow but I think Tim has pulled it off in his edit. It could have felt like one long advert but it does not. It feels proud. There are a few places I’d like to have seen represented amongst the pages, but you never quite know the politics on these kind of books.
Anyway, it’s good. I like it. I tried lots of the recipes on the launch night and enjoyed them very much.
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