A Taste of Devon




A Taste of Devon celebrates glorious good food in Devon. In this sumptuously illustrated book, Andrea Leeman introduces some of the finest food and drink produced in Devon, and profiles 24 producers. Andrea Leeman’s range extends from the north coast, wind-lashed in parts by the Atlantic, through farmyards, steeply wooded valleys and uplands to the more fertile south coast with the South Hams and the Dartmouth and Salcombe estuaries. It is hard to imagine any other county with such diverse countryside and food. Brixham may be Devon’s major fish market, but individual fishermen such as Mark Cawsey at Clovelly, three generations of the Newton family at Beer, and David Kerley in the Fish Shed at Topsham, all tough out the competition. Andrea visits honey makers; cheesemakers, including a mozzarella cheese farmer; a chilli farm; a hemp oil producer; an olive and almond grove; wine and cider makers. She learns from snail farmer Maura Bailie-Bellew that snails become romantically rampant during thunderstorms. Ostrich breeder Mike Godfrey even shows her how to avoid being kicked by an ostrich. 20 mouth-watering recipes accompany the profiles of the producers. These range from dishes based on fish, lamb, beef and pork to vegetables, and special scones. Andrea Leeman is author of the companion volume A Taste of Somerset and comments that excluding airmiles – and eliminating food miles from farm to table – have been among the priorities in her quest for gastronomic excellence. ISBN 978-1-904537-49-6 210mm x 255mm 112 pp Full colour illustrations throughout – Photography by Stephen Morris