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Game for experimenting; Food festival launch for game meat cook book.

Byline: Rachel Wearmouth

CHEFS game for experimenting in the kitchen can explore recipes in a new cook book devised by a Northumberland farming stalwart.

Delicious dishes incorporating pheasant, venison, partridge, rabbit and grouse can be found in Emma Whittingham's Game On Northumberland.

The former manager of Alnwick Farmers' Market said the game meat hunted on Northumberland Estates, although rich in flavour, is often overlooked by people who don't know what to do with it. 1

The 47-year-old, who now works as a book keeper at Alnwick's Barter Books, will launch her first venture into publishing at Alnwick Food Festival next week.

Expected to pull in more than 20,000 food lovers from across the region from September 23 to 25, it will provide the mother-of-two with the perfect platform.

Venison casserole, rabbit pie and pheasant curry are just some of the recipes in the book. "It has been a great learning curve," said Emma, of Percy Street, Alnwick. Everyone is quite scared of cooking game but it really is quite easy to cook.

"You can buy game from farmers' markets or from the larger supermarkets as well. I grew up living on game.

"My father shot and I learned game from being very tiny. I have never owned a cook book, I learned how to cook from my mother Irene, so it is bizarre that I'm now writing my own cook book."

Emma has even launched her own publishing company, christened Game On Press, to release the book.

Readers will be able to mine her knowledge of the North East game market, including details such as where to buy meat, when shootings take place, game storage and information on seasonal vegetables.

A foreword from the celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli will introduce the recipes.

The book keeper was encouraged to write Game On Northumberland after market customers repeatedly asked for her help.

She said: "I started writing down recipes for people when I ran the farmers' market, sometimes in the freezing cold. People used to ring me up after they had tried them and said they were absolutely brilliant. Then they would say 'have you got a book?'" Game On Northumberland will be available from farmers' markets, Barter Books and other Alnwick outlets for pounds 6.99.


TAKING THE FEAR OUT OF COOKING GAME Barter Books staff member Emma Whittingham has written a cook book called Game On
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 17, 2011
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