Birds custard. Cadburys chocolate. HP Sauce. Birmingham has always had strong ties to food and drink but a UK hotspot? Absolutely.
Birmingham has upped its game big time and the food and drink scene is thriving. Independent restaurants, coffee shops, delis, cafés, farm shops, pubs and up and coming street food vendors are growing and developing everyday and making a positive mark on the city and our experience of it.
The Birmingham Cook Book is a story, guide book and cook book all rolled into one, celebrating the diversity and creativity of Birmingham’s independent food and drink scene. Each chapter profiles an independent, including stories and anecdotes behind each business, followed by curated, signature recipes that you can try yourself and pretend you’ve got the skills of Adams, Purnell’s, Simpsons, Original Patty Men, Miss Macaroon, Loaf Bakery and Imrans- to name a few.
My favourites have to be the guys at Original Patty Men- winners of the British Street Food award for Best Burger, sharing their cheeseburger with chorizo jam and garlic mayo recipe, dirty burgers are my thing.
And Loaf, sharing their kung pow pastrami bao recipe because I’m completely obsessed with baos. I would love to see more places do good baos in Brum.
What I love about this book is the diversity and breadth of the independents covered from fine dining to street food; Indian to Thai food and the city centre to the suburbs and beyond. It really does cater for people of all ages, tastes and budgets.
The tone and style of the book is pretty special too and the brummie honesty we all know and love, shines through the stories, anecdotes and cool images throughout. You can read from cover to cover or dip in and out for that dose of inspo of cool places to visit or tasty recipes you fancy recreating yourself.
Anyone who is excited about the growing food and drink scene in Brum and wants to actively support local independents should buy this book and explore everything the city has to offer. It is the perfect gift for friends, family, or for yourself because that is totally allowed too. I’ve already bought three copies for Christmas presents…
The Birmingham Cook Book is published by Meze Publishing who recently won ‘best new-comer’ at the Independent Publishing Awards, in collaboration with Dine Birmingham, who are an amazing source, documenting all things food and drink in Brum.
The Birmingham Cook Book is £14.95. You can buy it on Amazon but you could also support indie publisher, Meze or local outlets like Dine Birmingham and Loaf Cookery School. Go on, support independents in Brum.
*Cookbook and images courtesy of Meze Publishing*