Eat Local Volume 2 cookbook to be launched

AUTHORS Brenda Fawdon and Christine Sharp will launch the second volume of the Scenic Rim Eat Local cookbook featuring 26 local farmers, growers and manufacturers with 60 recipes inspired by their stories.

The book, initiated by Scenic Rim Regional Council, will be released on May 1 at the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week launch in Brisbane.

Eat Local Volume 2 showcases the region and its variety of fresh produce on offer including vegetables, beef, finger limes, cheese, olives and wines.

Chef and Eat Local Week ambassador Ms Fawdon and writer Ms Sharp live on Tamborine Mountain and are wholehearted supporters of local produce.

They said the process of writing two books about local food and farming connected them with passionate producers.

“Having met so many decent, hardworking people in making the first volume, we were excited to get to know another 26 farmers, growers and makers, and to create this book of recipes inspired by their amazing produce, grown and raised with love, right on our doorstep,” Ms Sharp said.

Ms Sharp said it was a privilege to meet the people who grew the food that ended up on their plates.

“And what a difference it makes to our appreciation of that food, knowing something of the care and toil involved in the process – from seed to plant to harvest to market,” she said.

“After the farm visits Brenda set out to create recipes that would make the ingredients sing.”

Ms Fawdon said they hoped food lovers would fall in love with the Scenic Rim and its produce.

“We are so fortunate to live in a place both fertile and beautiful, where we have access to quality fresh produce,” she said.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said the first Eat Local book was so well received by everyone who read it and who was in it, that council was intent on making the second book a reality.

“This is such a powerful way to tell the story of our region, our fertile fields, our amazing producers and the delicious array of food and drinks, which are created in the Scenic Rim,” he said.

“People are often surprised to learn that so much production is happening literally on the doorstep of Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

“Brenda and Christine have once again created a stunning book.”

The book will be available at online and at Scenic Rim Visitor Information Centres, cafes and restaurants and Brisbane bookshops.