My original aim for this section of the site, as mentioned in the forward to A Taste of West Sussex, was as a cornucopia of mouth-watering information about where to shop and eat and who is producing our local food here in West Sussex. Now I find that several people are doing the same thing and therefore I commend their sites to you, for I could not present the information in any better way to you. In preparation, and hopefully to be launched by Easter 2015, is a comprehensive directory of all things food in the county, which will also include festivals and celebrations. You will find news of this as soon as it is ready, as well as links to other sites already live.
This will therefore develop into my own celebration of West Sussex food, in order to support my book and to share the knowledge that I continue to gather as I am out and about, meeting you and those producing food in our glorious county. I am constantly amazed by how much is going on here and the growing number of opportunities that we all have to eat local, whether cooking and sharing at home, or eating out.
Enjoy every mouthful!
A Feast of West Sussex is my 19th book, and I am as excited about it as I was about my first, over 25 years ago. Part of this is because the local food scene has changed so much (and all for the good) in the decade since my last books were published, and there is a real thirst amongst a growing number of people for great local food. Local food makes sense, whether for ecological reasons or simply for the excitement of cooking with a constantly changing selection of seasonal ingredients, packed with truly fresh flavours.
The result of my passion and 30 years of living and cooking in this glorious county is a book which I hope you will enjoy in your own kitchen, and as a gift for friends. The flavours of West Sussex are captured within the pages. Prepare the recipes and you will be able to share the excitement, freshness and originality of our local foods, and to serve that excitement to yourself, your friends and your family.
Sheila Dillon, the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme, said that the book is ‘utterly relevant, beautifully written and produced’.
A Feast of West Sussex is about ingredients and recipes. Delicious information percolates from the pages into your culinary creativity to help you choose local, seasonal food wisely.What is the difference between ales and beers? When is venison in season and why is West Sussex is such a centre of excellence for herbs and tomatoes? Food facts and culinary inspiration share the pages of A Feast of West Sussex.
And just to whet your appetite, the delicious high summer recipes include
- Arundel mullet - there are some wonderful Gold spot mullet about
- Egg mousse with Selsey Crab - perfect for summer buffets
- Potato and pea curry with cheese - quick, light and delicious
- West Sussex tomato tabbouleh salsa - a substantial salad - and
- Strawberry ice cream
A Feast of West Sussex (£9.99) is available in bookshops, gift shops, at tourist attractions and in farm and community shops throughout the county. It is also available from Amazon, and signed copies are available at the many signings that I am doing, a full list of which is here.