If you come from Birmingham, you will of course be aware by now that the city’s food scene is really becoming something worth shouting about. One way in which it is being celebrated this year is through the launch of Birmingham’s very own cookbook, to which many of the city’s best restaurants, cafes, delis and suppliers have contributed recipes. I was sent the cookbook in advance of the official launch event this week (which I sadly can’t make), and I was very pleased to unwrap a beautifully produced book, packed full of fab recipes and profiles on some of my favourite places to eat.
The cookbook has been published by Meze Publishing, who recently won ‘best new-comer’ at the Independent Publishing Awards, in collaboration with Dine Birmingham, who have been documenting Birmingham’s foodie rise for years. The book includes recipes from fine dining establishments such as Adams, Purnell’s and Simpsons, as well as from some of our much loved independents suchs as Cherry Reds, Loaf, Original Patty Men and many more. My favourite thing about the cookbook is that it can be used for when cooking at home as well as for inspiration for when you want to eat out.
The nature of the book means that there really is something for everyone and every occasion, whether you are wanting to make wasabi king prawns a la Henry Wong for a dinner party, or to re-create Cherry Reds’ American-style pancakes for breakfast, the book has it covered. Birmingham is also lucky enough to have an incredible range of different cuisines represented in its food scene, so expect every kind of dish from Thai, to French, to Indian and so on. As a pescatarian, I was happy to see there were plenty of dishes for me to try my hand at; The Spice Kitchen have contributed two lovely looking veggie curry recipes, and I can’t wait to give the choo chee seabass from Sabai Sabai a go!
I’m really looking forward to using the Birmingham Cook Book in my kitchen, as well as trying out some of the places in there that hadn’t been on my radar! I can already imagine how there could be further editions in the future featuring even more of our great eateries! You can order the cookbook (£14.95) from the Dine Birmingham Website, so what are you waiting for?