Get Ready for the Manchester Cookbook Second Helpings

Following the success of the first cookbook celebrating food and drink in the capital of the north, Second Helpings is going to uncover yet more fantastic independents across the city.

By Manchester's Finest | Last updated 30 October 2018

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Second Helpings will be released on Monday 29th October and will feature culinary contributions from across the city, from Ancoats to Chorlton, First Street to Stockport.

The new cookbook is full to bursting with over 55 recipes and stories that take you behind the scenes of many of the city’s food and drink successes and what drives their passion for food and drink.

The variety of the restaurants, producers, deli’s, cafes and bars showcases’ the cultural melting pot and fervent support for independent businesses that make Manchester’s food and drink so vibrant.

Ben Mounsey, Head Chef at Grafene shares his journey in the foreword, and there are new faces to look out for including Mark Husak and Mayur Patel of Bundobust, Simon Wood of WOOD and a Finest favourite – Mark Fairley from the Old School BBQ Bus in Failsworth.

The book also features plenty of ideas for quenching your thirst. Brothers Aaron and Callum Darke of Zymurgorium offer unique, modern cocktails and produce their own gin.

For those who prefer something homelier, Ancoats General Store is the right page to turn to. The coffee shop’s owner Mital Morar offers up a taste of his homeland with hot drinks and space for board games amidst the corner shop shelves.

There’s a long list of venues within the pages of Second Helpings, with such a wide range of recipes and dishes on offer – there’ll be something for every occassion.

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