New to Paperback! Britain’s very own version of the French bistro or the Spanish tapas bar, the gastropub has at last come of age. Confident and influential the gastropub movement has grown into a vibrant and essential part of all that is good about British food and cooking in the 21st century. Trish Hilferty, the award-winning cookery writer and award-winning chef of The Fox Dining Room in London, has written a book that pulls together all the classic dishes that combine to make up the definitive recipe list for lovers of gastropub cooking. These are recipes taken from Trish’s own stunning menus, drawing on influences from Britain, Europe and the antipodes – in addition Trish has included a number of additional great classic dishes from leading fellow gastropub chefs. Written in her inimitably clear and precise nononsense style, with striking photography by Jason Lowe, this is a book to turn to time and time again – wonderful dishes packed full of gutsy and bold flavours, the epitome of all that is so good about the gastropub repertoire.
Born and brought up in Sydney in a family of food lovers, Trish Hilferty began her cooking career in the mid-1980s working in various hotel bistros. After travelling and working along Australia’s east coast, Trish moved to London. Here, she ‘switched sides’, learning the restaurant trade from the front of house at Braganza. Trish returned to cooking, eventually ending up at the Brackenbury with Adam Robinson. After time back home and further travelling, she returned to London to work at the Eagle, London’s first gastropub. After two and a half years there and another sojourn in Sydney, she set up the Fox Dining Room in 2001, which scooped the prestigious ‘Tio Pepe London Gastro Pub of the Year’ award in 2005. She has contributed to Big Flavours & Rough Edges, and Real Pub Food (Absolute Press). Her first book, Lobster & Chips (Absolute Press), won the Best Single Subject Food Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2005.