Student Cooks up a Book

22nd November 2007 2:50pm - Return to press releases

Peter Sidwell and his new book, Simply Good Taste.

Peter Sidwell a former student of Beverley College (now East Riding College) has written his first cookbook "Simply Good Taste".

He has sold a thousand copies even though it hasn?t hit the shops yet!

Peter studied at the College in 1993 on NVQ Food Preparation and Cooking. He started his career as an apprentice at the Ambassador Hotel at York, moving to the York Pavilion in Fulford as a chef. After working in London he decided to spread his wings further to expand his knowledge and skills, travelling around Europe.

After travelling Peter took the move from employee to employer and is now the owner and Chef of the ?Good Taste? caf? in Keswick.

Peter has been blown away by the level of interest as fans of his food from across the globe have asked him to send them a copy of the book. They won?t have to wait much longer as Peter?s glossy book combining mouth watering recipes with breathtaking photographs of the Lake District is on sale from Friday 23 November 2007.

Peter said, ?After years of pouring over other people?s cookbooks I decided I wanted to publish a collection of my own recipes. I literally sat down on one of the sofas in the caf?, took a leather bound book and a cup of coffee and put pen to paper. It took months to do and I have done it without the backing of a big publisher. I am so proud of the result.?

The recipes in the book are Peter?s personal favourites and presented under chapters aimed at his diverse range of customers: Out and About, Family, Boys? Weekend, Caf?, BBQ and Something Special.

He says: ?This cookbook is about making everyday eating more exciting and everyday cooking more fun. So if you like the sound of local Lakeland lamb with mint couscous instead of mint sauce, or poached eggs with caramelised pancetta instead of baked beans, this is your kind of book.?

Sue Robson, Head of Curriculum Area said, ?I taught Peter in my early days as a catering lecturer and remember him well for his enthusiasm for the subject. I am delighted that he has achieved so much and proud that Beverley College helped him to gain his qualification placing him on the first step of his career ladder.?

So far, Peter?s book is heading for Italy, France, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Ireland as well as all round the British Isles.