This book is just what it says on the cover – food and drink in the particular context of the Isle of Wight – so I wanted to structure it in a way that would bring to life the different eating experiences you can enjoy on the Island, or back home using Island ingredients.
Each of the nine scenarios takes as its backdrop a quintessential aspect of the Island’s landscape or lifestyle, or both – its majestic Downs and picturesque beaches; its fishing traditions alongside those of festival-going; its renowned sailing prowess and royal Victorian heritage. These locations and themes, in turn, cue a certain type of meal, such as a picnic or barbecue; a proper sit-down fishy feast or a portable pit stop; a one-pot sustaining supper or a stylish afternoon tea. And each offers the opportunity for a wide variety of recipe choices – starters and mains, snacks and sides, desserts and drinks.
The scenarios also tell another important part of the Wight’s story, the unfolding of the seasons from spring to winter, with the recipes showcasing the not-to-be missed local fresh produce highlights through the year. Not only that, but the accompanying photos shot in real time chart the subtle changes in the scenery and quality of light to capture the essence of the Island’s special atmosphere.