New Titles in 2017/18

This Is Mine

Mark Dodson, with foreword by Michel Roux OBE

Michelin-starred Mark Dodson spent more than a decade at the pass of the three star Waterside Inn, at Bray-on-Thames. Little wonder, therefore, that his former boss, Michel Roux OBE, has contributed an affectionate and praiseworthy foreword to this debut book from one of his best friends.

Mark reflects on a truly starry career in this lovingly-created debut while showcasing the recipes that have made his Devon restaurant one of the finest rural eateries in the UK. Showcasing fabulous game dishes among an array of 60 recipes, This Is Mine is a title that will delight the home cool, with recipes tailored to the domestic kitchen. 

Published October 2017. Hardback. 208pp. RRP: £24.99

 

It's Not About Me

James Sommerin, with foreword by Claude Bosi

This eagerly-anticipated debut book from the most successful chef in Wales goes behind the scenes at James Sommerin's eponymous restaurant. Lavishly photographed, large format and boxed, it charts James's journey to winning his first Michelin star at The Crown, at Whitebrook, before repeating the feat in 2016 at Restaurant James Sommerin.

Self-effacing and focused on great food, craftspeople and artisanship, it provides rare insight into the life of a top flight chef. James is the present winner of the AA Welsh Restaurant of the Year, holds a Michelin star, 3 *** rosettes and has a score of 7 in The Good Food Guide.

Published Winter 2017. Hardback. 224pp. RRP: £39.95

 

Ma Famille

Cedric Bosi

Cedric Bosi learned about great food and hospitality while growing up in Lyon with his brother, Claude, the two-Michelin-starred proprietor of London’s Hibiscus. The Bosi brothers helped at their parents’ bistro, before moving to England.

Cedric worked for Claude at Hibsicus, then in Ludlow, before starting a career in gastro-pubs. He successfully ran venues near Ludlow before moving to London to run venues in Fulham and Wimbledon.

After relocating to Ludlow, to relaunch the town’s idyllic Charlton Arms, he has decided to create his first book of recipes. Featuring sumptuous pub classics and drawing heavily on his French roots, A Family Cookbook traces the genesis of his culinary development, from Lyon to London and Ludlow.

Published December 2017. Hardback. 176pp. RRP: £19.95

 

Please Mind The Gap

Sophie Sparham, with foreword by Professor Benjamin Zephaniah

The debut poetry collection from Derbyshire poet Sophie Sparham is an invigorating selection that focuses on LGBT+, veganism, social mores and issues surrounding mental health. A compelling writer with a singular vision, Sophie's collection features a foreword from fellow activist-poet Professor Benjamin Zephaniah.

Published October 2017. Paperback. 64pp. RRP £6

 

No One Would Have Believed - The Jeff Wayne Autobiography

Jeff Wayne

Jeff Wayne has the most remarkable life. Having grown up in awe of a father who graced the cover of Billboard magazine, and shared the stage with the best of the bunch in a Golden Era of Hollywood, Jeff Wayne exceeded expectation. After composing over 3,000 advertising tracks for the world’s most famous products, plus numerous TV and Radio themes and film scores, then sign, produce and tour with one of Britain’s most successful male artists, David Essex, he went on to compose, orchestrate, conduct and produce a musical adaptation of HG Wells’ classic science fiction story, ‘The War of The Worlds’. It became one of the best-selling UK albums of all time, now approaching 4 million copies and 15 million worldwide.

Wayne has remarkable tales to tell of his own family upbringing: including Jewish-Italian ‘connections’, of watching his father have his own coast-to-coast radio series – ‘The Jerry Wayne Show’ performing with guests like Judy Garland, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and many others. Jerry followed the ‘Chairman of The Board’ Frank Sinatra on radio’s ‘All Time Hit Parade’, before being blacklisted in the McCarthy era. There are captivating stories of moving to London’s Knightsbridge when a nation was still largely on stamp rations before lining up Richard Burton, Justin Hayward, David Essex, Phil Lynott and Julie Covington in ‘The War of The Worlds’.

Wayne didn’t just create a dark martian world set back in Victorian England when he released ‘The War of The Worlds’ – he created a monster. As the title says, ‘No One Would Have Believed… ‘

Published Autumn 2018. Harback. RRP £20. Special Edition, boxed, with autographs, photographs, dvd/cd £75

 

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