Closed World, Open Kitchen


UPDATE: We have now sold out of the first print run of 150 copies! Thanks to everyone who pre-ordered the first edition. Fear not though, we are going to get another batch of books printed in August, with the aim being to post new orders out by the end of the month.

After months of writing, re-writing, testing, shooting and eating, we are so very excited to go live with sales for our cookbook! Closed World, Open Kitchen, written during lockdown from our Leeds home because we missed cooking for people. Writing this book has been a bit of a substitute, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have time on our hands to do so. We’ve almost sold out of the first edition – there are about 30 copies left for those who are quick enough to snap them up. We will be ordering a second print run as soon as we have a few more orders, hopefully in late August.

Recipes in the book are diverse, taking inspiration from across the global cuisine spectrum, and are packed with the bold and interesting flavours that we both love. Fresh vegetables play a key part in a lot of our dishes and many recipes are vegan, though determined carnivores will find something in there for them too. Mushrooms and potatoes even have their own sections! A section on our ‘Currrython’ (a 48-hour post-Christmas open house curry feast for family and friends), is included, as well as a section on The Messy Cook’s Supper Clubs.

We hope you enjoy the book as much as we have enjoyed putting it together. Here’s to the days we can once more enjoy some tasty tucker, drinks, conversations and laughs with our loved ones. We will be making a personal donation to Leeds South & East Foodbank to recognise that we are lucky enough to have the time and money to invest in producing a cookbook.

Much love,
Cath (The Messy Cook) & Thomas x (Spoilt Broth)




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