There’s been a lot of talk about the Sheffield independent food scene recently, following closures of some prominent city restaurants.
But its not all gloomy for local foodies, as the book shows.
Produced by local publishers Meze in partnership with the brilliant Exposed magazine and city food champions Eat Sheffield, the book sports 225 jam-packed pages of food loveliness.
The back-cover blurb states the “chock full of recipes, stories and anecdotes” publication is “your window into the a world that Sheffielders (true to their nature) rarely shout about,” and that couldn’t be any more true.
“Our glorious city is blessed, truly blessed, with a burgeoning independent food scene,” states the introduction, “from bakeries to bistros, markets to Michelin stars, Sheffield offers up the full field to fork experience.”
Celebrating all that is good with the local food scene, The Sheffield Cook Book features recipes from city stalwarts, including The Milestone, Fancie, John Crawshaw’s, Silversmiths, Ashoka and many more.
Splashed amongst the professional-style recipes are guest offerings from a number of local faces, ensuring there is something for everyone and offerings are surprisingly accessible to the layman household chef.
BBC Radio Sheffield’s Rony Robinson offers a spicy aubergine and tomato dish whilst Women’s Institute member Jennifer Marsden represents a Victoria sponge (what else?).
Both the blue and white sporting sides of the city are represented too, with Sheffield Wednesday’s Lee Bullen and Sheffield United’s Chris Morgan including their own dishes.
In between the tempting recipes and mouth-watering pictures there are several features. Amongst others, there’s a nice description of The Sheffield Food Festival, a piece talking about The Moor Market and a couple of drinks sections including the likes of Mitchell’s Wine Merchants.
Of course, no Sheffield food book would be complete without mention of the city’s most treasured culinary accompaniment. Henderson’s Relish is represented with four pages of the condiment’s history and appeal.
Special mention has to go to two things in The Sheffield Cook Book; firstly there’s a terrific pun in Ashoka’s indian cuisine section, riffing off the Arctic Monkey’s song, the heading reads ‘bet you look good on the Tandoor’.
Secondly, the style of the book is fantastic throughout, however the cover art is something else and illustrator Luke Prest deserves credit for packing so many recognisable Sheffield features and food references into the colourful and inviting space. Its worth the cover price of £12.95 in itself.
Publishers Paul Cocker and Phil Turner, along with their team, have done a cracking job of capturing the local food scene in an all-round excellent book.
What are you waiting for? Go and buy your copy now ! You’ll enjoy the read as well as have fun replicating the brilliant recipes. Anyone for trying out the meat and potato pie, butternut squash and goats cheese tart or Beeches’ Yorkshire pudding tribute to t’ole in t’road?
There’s even a simple recipe from We Love Sheffield’s own James Hargreaves included. All-day breakfast bake, anyone?
The Sheffield Cook Book is available to buy now from Amazon online, or via a number of local book shops and restaurants.