Taste of Sheffield brought to book

Paul Cocker

Paul Cocker

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Foodies everywhere will be able to get a true flavour of Sheffield when the city’s own cook book is launched this spring.

The project is the idea of graphic designer Paul Cocker, who is teaming up with industry champion Eat Sheffield to publish the book in time for this year’s Food Festival.

Says Paul: “We want this to be a celebration of Sheffield: the dishes, the chefs, the producers and the entire city as it is now.”

As in-house designer with a local company, Paul has produced more than 20 cook books over the last few years. But last April he handed in his notice and set up his own company, Meze publishing.

He is already working on projects with two high-profile chefs, but The Sheffield Food Book is his passion.

“The city has a brilliant brand and I sometimes feel we don’t shout enough about it,” says Paul, who has an inside knowledge of the industry – his parents ran the Fighting Cock at Ecclesfield for many years.

The book will feature the stories and recipes behind around 30 of Sheffield’s finest food producers, restaurants, café bars and delis. It will be available, priced £12.95, from outlets citywide.