WI launches community cookbook to celebrate Gloucester Road
A cookbook containing 50 recipes from cafes, restaurants and traders along Bristol’s famous Gloucester Road will be launched on Thursday 17 October.
Created by the Gloucester Road WI (Women’s Institute), with members amongst those contributing to the recipes, the book is bursting with local and international influences. From British classics to Indian, Turkish and Swedish cooking, the cookbook perfectly reflects the diverse Gloucester Road community.
Income from sales of the book will go to local domestic abuse charity, Survive, and to future Gloucester Road WI projects that benefit the local community.
The Gloucester Road Cookbook came to be in 2012 when project leader Katie Skuse wanted to create a book which merged the talents of the WI group with the incredible mix of businesses on Gloucester Road.
Katie commented: “Gloucester Road has the longest stretch of independent businesses in the UK and the people who live on or around it are fiercely protective of it. In the face of the economic crisis and considering the new national WI resolution to protect our high streets, we felt strongly that we should create a book that the whole community can be proud of.
“Within our WI and luckily, within the group who wanted to get involved from the outset, were a graphic designer, a writer, a chef, a couple of financial geniuses, a couple of project manager/ logistics whizzes and a publisher. Between us, we have created a fantastic full colour, 196 page, hardback book.”
The Gloucester Road Cookbook will be available to buy for £15 (£10 to WI members) and can be bought online from The Bristol Shop and on Gloucester Road in Pearce’s Hardware, Fig and Grape & Grind, as well as other shops around Bristol (to be confirmed). Pre-orders are being taken now.