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Crispy Squirrel And Vimto Trifle: THE Cookbook Of 2013?

Excellent work from Robert Owen Brown, the Mark Addy chef

Written by . Published on November 24th 2013.

Crispy Squirrel And Vimto Trifle: THE Cookbook Of 2013?

THERE'S a new publishing house in the city: Manchester Books Limited.

We love his grouse and game in particular. The main picture above show what the man can do with grouse.

Their first book has been launched and is called Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle.

Foodies in Manchester may recognise Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle as the handiwork of the indefatigable chef of the Mark Addy, Robert Owen Brown.

This book is a mix of the remarkable recipes of a remarkable chef and also a gleeful trot through the life and times of a 21st century kitchen-botherer.

Some of the anecdotes are utterly hilarious involving beermats and veal as well as yarns about hollowed out filing cabinets becoming kitchen hardware. Some are more serious, but all underline how Robert Owen Brown's north western roots inspire his memorable dishes.  

The book


The book

The book is also beautiful, a tribute to the design flair of Joby Catto. The words come via Neil Sowerby, a Confidential freelancer, and one of the foremost munchers and drinkers in the North.

Admired by food critics such as Jay Rayner and fellow chefs of the calibre of Fergus Henderson, with time served at The Midland, Brasserie St Pierre, Reform and Lounge Ten amongst others, Robert Owen Brown is not only a chef who knows all the correct preparations of tripe and how to present the perfect grouse, but a man who can cook with great finesse.

Indeed he's been a Confidential favourite for years, the genuine article, a chef without compromise, difficult occasionally, interesting always, impatient to brew up some new notion of how Northern English cooking can be re-interpreted. 

Manchester Books Limited is a new company aiming to publish a whole series of books about Manchester, The North and northern personalities. They are looking for good ideas on any topic. Look out in spring for the new definitive guidebook to Manchester.

Crispy Squirrel and Vimto Trifle is £12.99 and can be purchased from here. Or picked up directly from The Mark Addy.

Vimto trifle

Vimto trifle

The cookbookThe cookbook 

Robert Owen Brown takes a bird home for the eveningRobert Owen Brown takes a bird home for the evening

Puddings as well as gamePuddings as well as game

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 14th 2013.

"Robert Owen Brown takes a bird home for the evening"? Did Gordo write that 'Carry On' line? I thought he was looking at the wrong end of a ten year stretch in Sing Sing?

Jenny CollinsNovember 15th 2013.

That's christmas presents sorted then (even the veggie's getting one!)

AnonymousNovember 17th 2013.

Best get the Squirrel traps out then.

MattNovember 18th 2013.

Oi Polloi on Thomas Street have a large well established worldwide web presence and also sell the odd publication on topics ranging from, as you would expect, clothing, to surfing, climbing and cycling. Perhaps it would be a idea if the publishers made contact to see if they were interested in stocking this book on their online store / in the shop. I may be being previous, as I am merely a customer, but I think this kind of thing would be up their street...

4 Responses: Reply To This...
AnonymousNovember 18th 2013.

Oi Polloi refused to serve me recently because I wasn't sporting a beard or skinny jeans.

MattNovember 18th 2013.

Or the chip on your shoulder ;)

AnonymousNovember 20th 2013.

No chip, but I was sporting a tweed shoulder bag. They said I wasn't sporting enough tweed to justify being served though.

AndrewNovember 26th 2013.

I know you are joking, but to be fair to Oi Olloi, where I have shopped close to 10 years now, none of the staff dress like NQ Hipsters and that is definitely not the look the shop is going for. Skinny jeans and beards is a more of a Common Bar staple and it’s too cool have any kind of manners bar staff.

Poster BoyNovember 18th 2013.

Manchester -by Bruce Mitchell.

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