In 2016, foodies from across the globe will flock to Northern Ireland to celebrate the Year of Food and Drink, putting the talents and products of local artisan producers, farmers and fishermen under the spotlight for the world to see.
To celebrate the landmark event, Gourmand world award-winning food writer, James McIntosh, is urging local producers and farmers to submit their favourite stories for inclusion in his lavish ‘coffee table’ book, which will highlight quality food and drink producers from across the province.
The NI Cookbook will also feature exclusive interviews with Northern Ireland’s diaspora: the men and women who now work in far flung corners of the world, but still dream of the tastes of their homeland.
“It’s an exciting project,” says James McIntosh “and we’ve already started by writing about the incredible story of Lough Neagh eels, and Leggygowan goat’s cheese of Saintfield.”
“The whole book is about storytelling. Food is the story of people on a plate and each plate has a story which benefits a community and nourishes a family.
“With my book about the best in artisan food and drink from Northern Ireland, I want to tell the story of all the small producers who make the taste of Northern Ireland so unique”.
Previous titles from McIntosh include ‘Food on the Silk Road’, produced in conjunction with a TV series in China, as well as numerous titles about using an AGA cooker.
McIntosh was brought up on a farm in Tandragee, Co. Armagh, where he started a lifelong obsession with Northern Irish foods.
Food and drink producers are invited to contact James on his website at www.nicookbook.com
Appearance in the book is free. James McIntosh Publishing will manage the photography, writing and publishing at no cost to participating food and drink producers.