“On every family holiday I’ve ever taken, one of the greatest pleasures is sitting down to eat – together.” Writes Simpson Travel founder Graham Simpson in his introduction to the independent luxury holiday company’s brand new cookbook, The Traveller’s Table. My copy of the book arrived just before Christmas, and I spent most of the holidays flicking through it’s glossy pages, daydreaming about the cuisine from one of my favourite parts of the world. Keep reading to see how you could win your own copy – I have five to giveaway!
Food is the real highlight of travel for me, too. It’s one of the easiest, quickest, and most social ways to experience a new culture – and it’s also a way to bring a part of that culture home with you, through new flavours and recipes learnt along the way.
The book’s authors, chef and food stylist Carolyn Caldicott and travel photographer Chris Caldicott, have spent much of their lives doing exactly that. For over twenty years, the husband and wife team ran the World Food Café in Covent Garden, London, where they served up street food inspired by the flavours and recipes they discovered on their extensive world travels.
Now, they’ve put together Simpson Travel’s first ever collection of recipes in a beautiful little cookbook designed to capture the essence of the Mediterranean. The result is a slim, colourful paperback rammed full of sumptuous food photography – it’s a really enticing affair that makes me want to travel, straight back to the Med.
The Traveller’s Table is divided into four sections – Corsica, Greece, Turkey, and Mallorca – with an enticing, detailed introduction for each that really reflects the passion the authors feel for the cuisine. “Good food doesn’t just fill your plate; it invites an appetite for life” say the Caldicott’s – and they’re so right!
I love learning about the cuisine in a new country, not only through eating but also talking about food with locals, learning to cook, or finding out more about where ingredients are produced. I’ve visited fish smoking factories in France and olive oil orchards in Croatia, wineries in Catalunya and pisco vineyards in Peru – seeing first hand where food comes from and talking about the ingredients with the locals who know it best is an unbeatable experience. So I think it’s great that each section of The Traveller’s Table includes guides to the country’s cuisine based on the Caldicott’s experiences doing the same; outlining the key local ingredients, regional specialities, local tipples, and traditional flavours which capture the essence of that place. I also love the “Quick Bites” sections, which suggest some of the great snacks that you can pick up at markets or street food stalls – like spanakopita, the spinach and feta pies which are my favourite Greek treat, or gato Mallorquin, a dense almond cake found in the bakeries of Mallorca.
The idea behind The Traveller’s Table was to produce a cookbook that people could take on holiday with them in order to shop, eat, cook and eat like a local. Simpson Travel are, after all, a villa holiday specialist – so with this book they’re offering the chance to explore a new destination through it’s food, whilst still cooking at home and dining with your family. But it’s also a great way to bring the flavours of the Mediterranean into your home – which is exactly what I’ll be doing over the next few weeks as I rustle up a few Greek feasts and transport myself back to one of my favourite countries – starting with the oh-so-tempting pork souvlaki skewers!
Win a Copy of The Traveller’s Table
Fancy getting your hands on this fab new cookbook? You’re in luck – as I have five copies to give away. To enter, simply sign in to the Rafflecopter form below and tell me which country in the world serves up your favourite cuisine. Please note that by entering you will automatically be signed up for my monthly newsletter. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time, but hopefully you won’t want to as they’re a great way to keep track of my latest posts and travel escapades. Please also note that we can only send these cookbooks out to UK addresses I’m afraid. Enter below – good luck!
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This post was written in collaboration with Simpson Travel. All words and opinions are my own. All images are by Chris Caldicott.