Essex is about so much more than stilettoes, handbags and TOWIE wannabees. For centuries, this county has harvested fish and shellfish from its enormous stretch of coastline, fattened cattle and sheep on its marshlands and hunted game through its forests. Today, rural events will include a food hall packed from the moment they open and Essex cooks were grabbing national attention long before the latest batch of TV celebrity chefs.
The Essex Cook Book celebrates the array of eateries that make the county such a culinary capital, showcasing recipes and stories from some of the region’s finest local restaurants, delis, gastro pubs, cafes and local suppliers.
This includes contributions from Mayfield Farm and Bakery, 2016 World Bread Awards Winners, International Wine Challenge award-winners West Street Vinyard and the historic Greenstead Family Barns Café, housed in a barn originally constructed in 1640.
Then there are the likes of Great Garnetts, an independent family business famous for its Christmas turkeys, Michelin-starred restaurant The Anchor Riverside, run by head chef Daniel Watkins and European Bistro The Sand Bar Seafood & Co. With a foreword from two-Michelin star holder Daniel Clifford, who’s Flitch of Bacon restaurant is one of the most exciting new additions to the Essex eating scene, this book in the hugely successful ‘Get Stuck In’ series is expected to follow the pattern of many of the others which are regularly among the best-selling cookery titles in their region.