I’ve been thinking about Scotland this week, as I get ready for St Andrew’s Day. I’ve written about Scottish cookbooks before, so this time I wanted to celebrate Scottish food writers. As you’d expect, they write about food and drink in all its rich variety, so something for everyone.
I think this one counts, in that Lucinda is based in Edinburgh, so Scotland is at least her adopted home, if not her birth home. She is also the founder of one of Scotland’s business success stories, Genius. If you ever ate gluten-free bread before Genius, you’ll know what a positive impact her business has had. This cookbook shares gluten-free recipes for treats such as American-style pancakes, lasagne and even a tarte Tatin.
I love Tony Singh, his enthusiasm and sheer joy in creating flavoursome dishes. I love that this is about food that gives you a hug and warms up your bones. Seems very appropriate for this time of year. Not that I think it needs to be any particular time of year to try making a McTSingh Chilli Dog. Which I’d follow with a chocolate samosa. Or three.
If you’re a devotee of The Kitchen Cabinet, you’ll know Rachel’s voice well, and her love of whisky. The blurb says that this book covers the entire karma sutra of whisky. Who knew? I’m not a lover of whisky, though I love the romance of it and the flavour descriptions, the stories of the distilleries. And I’d enjoy Rachel’s writing about it for sure. If you have a whisky lover to buy for, this is a great gift, particularly if you add a dram or two to enjoy alongside it.
There’s a strong heritage of Italian families making Scotland their home, so wanted to recognise that in this list too. Carina’s book brings together her Italian family heritage and her Scottish roots. After restoring a Victorian kitchen garden with her husband, it’s no surprise that Carina’s book has a seasonal slant to it, and is heavily focused on fruit and vegetables.
Sue is a well-known Scottish writer, and this book focuses on the strong tradition of baking in Scotland. Whether you love sweet or savoury bakes, there’s something in here for everyone. It’s not all about tradition though, as Sue has included contemporary flavours in here too. I love the sound of Sticky Toffee Apple Cake, just right for autumn.
I think what this shows to the rest of the UK is that whatever you think of with Scottish cuisine then it’s so much more. Of course, like most countries, you’ll still find lots of traditional fare. In Scotland I’ve always found huge variety and innovation of taste, flavours and blending of old and new, near and far cuisines. I think it’s time for another trip! What’s your favourite Scottish food or part of Scotland for food exploring?