A UNIQUE cookbook filled with sweet and savoury recipes from Steyning residents is soon be revealed at the Steyning Food Festival.
The cookbook will be brimming with a range of recipes and the stories behind them from the Steyning community.
Kate Gover, who runs Kate’s Cookhouse stalls in Steyning and Shoreham, is designing and writing the cookbook and was inspired after a trip to Dorset.
Kate said: “I was down in Dorset and saw a beautiful local cookbook and thought why not do one for Steyning?
“We are surrounded by great local produce and I wanted to incorporate everyone in the area.”
After sending out a request in Steyning for recipes with photos and stories, Kate received over 60 entries.
She has currently spent two days typing up the recipes and said: “It has been really well supported by the community. Everyone thinks it’s a good idea. I asked people to also submit stories with recipes and some were really touching. There’s one belonging to a woman’s sister who died suddenly in January and some from long-lost family members.”
“This is for Steyning by Steyning and the stories make it extra special. I wanted people to own it and feel it is theirs.”
Kate has received a huge mixture of recipes from sweet and savoury, meat and vegetarian to drinks, biscuits and cakes.
Some of the tempting recipes are Venetian bread and butter pudding, chocolate and Guinness cake, Turkish recipes, and salmon and samphire.
Daisy Taylor, 10, sent in her ginger biscuits recipe and the 1st Beeding and Bramber Scouts sent camp donuts.
Kate has a background in food and promoting local produce, she runs Kate’s Cookhouse with her mother which is a small family business combining home cooking and fresh Sussex ingredients. They specialise in pies, sausage rolls, pates and terrine.
She added: “I’ve cooked all my life, my mum is a professionally trained confectioner and so I learnt from a very young age.
“I have fond memories of making béchamel sauce at the age of seven and telling her what to do.
“I spent nearly 20 years in the corporate world and one day decided that it was time for a complete change, time to follow my heart and not my head. I find cooking incredibly relaxing and creative.”
The design of the cookbook will be simple and low cost, an A5 ring-bound hard-back black and white book with pictures and images inside. There will be illustrations by Jo Burchell-Collins of foodie items such as mushrooms and Sussex rape seed oil.
All the proceeds go to RABI charity who support farmers in times of crisis.
The book will be on sale on September 7 and October 5 at the Steyning Food Festival and also from Steyning Bookshop, Bunces and the post office.