We’re eagerly anticipating the launch of Gill Meller’s new recipe book ‘Gather’ at our Literary Salon event on 27 September.

Gill Meller has been a part of the River Cottage team for the last 11 years and has worked closely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. He regularly appears on the Channel 4 TV series and has contributed to many of the River Cottage books. He wrote The River Cottage Handbook: Pigs and Pork.

Gill’s new book ‘Gather’ is a celebration of seasonal British food. Each chapter focuses on ingredients from different environments, from moorland to garden, farm, field, seashore and orchard. Through 120 original recipes, Gill’s focus is on simple cooking inspired by the changing landscapes where he lives and works.

He says: ‘It’s a collection of simple and simple delicious, seasonal recipes. I feel they reflect the incredibly diverse output of the productive and beautiful landscapes that surround me.’

Gill will be visiting Dorset House and joining in our new Literary Salon as part of his programme of launch events. Guest will be able to meet Gill and talk to him about his recipes. They’ll also enjoy some wonderful snacks showcasing the ethos of his book. We share his mindset because we are equally dedicated to using the best seasonal produce, organic whenever possible. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for booking details nearer the time.

Foodie month in Lyme

September in Lyme is set to be a real foodies’ month. Gill’s book launch follows on from Mark Hix’s annual Food Rocks festival, now in its fourth year. We’re proud to say that Mark is originally from this part of Dorset. His aim is to celebrate the very best food, produce and suppliers from Lyme Regis and the surrounding areas.

Mark Hix Food Rocks Festival

Sneak peek – Food Rocks festival highlights include:

  • Crab and mackerel supper clubs hosted by Mark Hix
  • Bloody-Mary-Breakfast-Cook-Off with Russell Norman (Polpo, The Restaurant Man) and Mark Hix
  • Wine from Lyme Bay Winery, Castlewood Vineyards and Furleigh Estate
  • Panel talks with the Blue Marine Foundation and the Marine Stewardship Council

Food Rocks takes place on 3 and 4 September.