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A Taste of Cornwall

The season of barbecuing everything is almost over (*sob*)!  But if you're looking for some culinary inspiration, help is at hand, in the form of 3 brilliant new Cornish cook books.

It’s so easy to find recipes online these days but I do love a beautiful, hardback cookery book to pore over. Here are a few we’ve added to our collection this year and they’re all from brilliant Cornwall-based businesses. Ready to whip up a feast?

The Seaweed Cookbook, £12.49 (Dec 2017)

‘A guide to edible seaweeds and how to cook with them’

This beautiful hardback book from The Cornish Seaweed Company offers myriad ways to add seaweed – the super-est of superfoods – to your diet. There’s a visual directory of the most popular edible seaweeds, with details of when and where they can be found, their uses and nutritional properties. Plus 100 recipes, from simple and wholesome meals to fancy-pants dishes for special occasions. We tried out – and loved – the Thai-style fish pie with sea spaghetti, which was a really tasty twist on the classic family supper. Seaweed is still not the easiest to track down depending where you’re based and it can be pricey but you’ll find all the seaweeds from these recipes at Cornishseaweed.co.uk.

The Hidden Hut, £14 (April 2018)

Irresistible recipes from Cornwall’s best kept secret’

The Hidden Hut is Cornwall’s most buzzed about beach cafe. Perched above Porthcurnick Beach on The Roseland Peninsula, its chilled out feast nights are the fastest selling ticketed food events in the UK, rumoured to fly out faster than Beyonce tickets. Lunch here is everything you want after a morning on the coast path or in the sea – fresh, filling and homely. The Hidden Hut cookbook contains recipes for the off-grid cafe’s famous soups, chowders and spiced dhals, summer salads, warming winter braises and Cornish treats – as well as dishes from their sell-out feasts. I have been known to make a two-hour round trip for a cup of their soup by the sea, so I’m delighted to be able to get my hands on these warming recipes, just in time for autumn.

Prawn On The Lawn, £11.52 (march 2018)

‘Fish and seafood to share’

Prawn on the Lawn began as a fishmonger and seafood bar in Islington, serving seafood tapas and fresh fish from Devon and Cornwall. When owners Rick and Kate Toogood relocated to Cornwall in 2015, they opened up an intimate, 24-cover restaurant in the foodie harbour town of Padstow. Their book, rleased earlier this year, is ideal for fish-lovers who enjoy entertaining and want to whip up restaurant-quality food without the fuss. Expect a collection of quick, fresh, healthy and delicious fish and seafood recipes. Their signature Prawn on the Lawn dish is included, so you can recreate the restaurant favourite of avocado, chilli and prawn on toast.

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