The Manchester CookBook: Second Helpings has been officially launched and it features culinary contributors from Ancoats to Chorlton and First Street to Stockport. It bursts with over 55 recipes and stories that take you behind the scenes of their success and passion for food and drink.
The variety of the restaurants, producers, delis, cafes, bars and many more that are featured showcases the cultural melting pot and fervent support for independent businesses that make Manchester’s food and drink scene so vibrant.
The book revisits some of the places who featured in the first edition, and has been expanded to include the most exciting new ventures on the scene. Ben Mounsey, head chef at the bar and restaurant Grafene, shares his journey in the foreword, and there are new faces such as Mark Husak and Mayur Patel of Bundobust, a vegetarian restaurant that puts Indian street food centre stage, alongside institutions like Ginger’s Comfort Emporium which serves delicious desserts from a vintage ice cream van all over the city.
Victorian Chop House, The Manchester Tart Company and Simon Wood – winner of MasterChef 2015 and now the owner of his eponymous first restaurant – are just a few of the returning contributors ready to share more recipes.
For anyone in need of some liquid refreshment after all those mouth-watering dishes, the book also features plenty of ideas for quenching your thirst. Brothers Aaron and Callum Darke of Zymurgorium offer unique, modern cocktails and produce their own gin. For those who prefer something homelier, Ancoats General Store is the right page to turn to. The coffee shop’s owner Mital Morar offers up a taste of his homeland with hot drinks and space for board games amidst the corner shop shelves.
The Manchester CookBook: Second Helpings retails at £14.95 and will be available to purchase from all of the contributors included in the book. You can also get your hands on a copy from smaller independent shops, as well as national book chains like Waterstones, WH Smiths, and online from Amazon.