Stella West-Harling (MBE) is the founder of Ashburton Cookery Schools in Devon and Calderdale. She is also the owner of Home Farm Cafe in Devon and President of the Independent Cookery Schools’ Association, and recently published a book, A Cook’s Book. A life-long advocate of local sustainable food and a passionate chef, the book includes a history of British food and more than 100 traditional family recipes handed down over the years, from Lancashire Hotpot and the Dartmoor- inspired ‘Hasty Pudding’, to modern dishes including Saffron Risotto with Wild Mushroom and Pears.
From a poverty-stricken childhood in post-war Britain, West-Harling and her sister were looked after by a succession of family friends and relatives. The book reflects the importance of good food and family values. £18.95 (at time of print). www.ashburtoncookeryschool.co.uk
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