Set for release on July 4th, The Birmingham Cook Book boasts the very best of the independent food scene from the city and surrounding Warwickshire county; from Michelin-starred restaurants to cafés, pubs, farm shops and suppliers.
The book will be number 13 in the series of regional ‘Get Stuck In’ guides by Meze Publishing, who were recently crowned Best Newcomer at the Independent Publishing Awards. Glynn Purnell, who gained Birmingham its very first Michelin Star back in 2003, has written the foreword and is keen for people to see just how far the city’s independent food scene has come along:
“Who would have thought that Birmingham would be the UK’s hotspot for food? I have been running independent restaurants for 15 years now and both the city and the region are getting stronger, from the coffee shops to the delis and the amazing restaurants.”
Dine Birmingham – the city’s major online food and drink guide – feature in the book, and Editor Ahmed Ahmed commented:
“The Birmingham Cook Book is a wonderful celebration of the chefs, producers and independent venues that make our citys food scene so unique and outstanding. It's fantastic to be part of this exciting project.”
Fine dining restaurants such as Adam’s, who were Trip Advisor’s 2015 Restaurant of the year, and three time AA rosette winning Simpsons also feature, with the latter sharing their roast veal sweetbread recipe. Owner Luke Tipping explains why he is so passionate about Birmingham’s ever evolving food scene:
“Having watched this city go from strength to strength in the last 10 years, I'm proud that we now have the opportunity to showcase the diversity of the Birmingham food scene in this great new cook book, boasting five Michelin stars, and a host of independent restaurants,” he says.
The Birmingham Cook Book strives to promote the city’s diverse approach to catering, with each chapter focusing on unique approaches to great food and the stories behind each dish. For example, you’ll find entries from the lads at Original Patty Men – winners of the British Street Food award for Best Burger, sharing their cheeseburger with chorizo jam and garlic mayo recipe. Not forgetting Birmingham’s original organic butchers, Rossiters, who come recommended by BBC Good Food. Owner Stephen Rossiter also works with Loaf Bakery and Cookery School, an institution built on promoting the value of real food in Birmingham, and with their delicious recipe for Kung Pow pastrami bao – they must be doing something right.
Sweet treats also get their shout out in the book; The Tame Hare at Leamington offer up their salted caramel delice and the keen bakers at Miss Macaroon are mixing things up with their blueberry and white chocolate macaroon recipe.
Native Birmingham foodie and television personality Alison Hammond also features in the book and is one of many excitedly awaiting the books release: “I’m absolutely delighted to be involved in this cook book. After appearing on Celebrity MasterChef I have been dying to get some of my favourite recipes out there for everyone to enjoy. I just love Brum and we have the most Michelin star restaurants outside of London… now thats something to be proud of,” she says.
With amazing recipes, dedicated suppliers and an abundance of passionate cooks, chefs and bakers, it’s clear Brummies really have something to brag about.
The Birmingham Cook Book retails at just £14.95 and will be available soon in all of the businesses featured in the book as well as select local gift shops, book shops including Waterstones and online at www.amazon.co.uk.