When it comes to eating out in and around Manchester we’re spoilt for choice. There’s no shortage of places where you can enjoy great food. But the reality is most of us can’t afford to eat out every night of the week.

Following the success of The Manchester Cook Book last year, Meze Publishing have returned with an eagerly awaited sequel.

The Manchester Cook Book: Second Servings will help you recreate the culinary delights to be found at some of our finest independent restaurants in the comfort of your own home.

It’s jam-packed with over 55 mouth-watering recipes from some of Manchester’s most popular eateries including the Victorian Chop Houses, Zouk, The Refuge and Masterchef 2015 winner Simon Wood’s high end restaurant Wood.

Wild seabass, miso salsify, brown buttered shrimp, vanilla corn from Grafene

The variety of restaurants, delis, cafes, and bars featured showcases what makes the Manchester food and drink scene so vibrant.

Much more than a recipe book, The Manchester Cook Book: Second Servings is also a collection of local success stories featuring contributors from Ancoats to Chorlton, from First Street to Stockport.

The book revisits some of the places featured in the first edition, but also been expanded to include the most exciting new ventures on the scene.

Ben Mounsey, head chef at Grafene, shares his journey, and there are new faces such as Mark Husak and Mayur Patel the owners of Bundobust, the veggie restaurant that has put Indian street food centre stage

The recipes include wild seabass, miso salsify, brown buttered shrimp, and vanilla corn from Grafene, a dish which showcases what head chef Ben Mounsey loves about food and cooking.

“I love to use fresh, amazing quality local British ingredients and raise them to a different level with influences from around the world and by focusing on deceptively simple flavour combinations executed with finesse and originality.”

From Albatross & Arnold comes crispy jacket potato skin, roast cauliflower and pickles, which Michelin-trained head chef Jonathan Green created for MasterChef: The Professionals. It was described by the judges as “a fabulous dish… filled with delight”.

And for anyone with a sweet tooth there’s Manchester tart with a chocolate twist from  award-winning Whitefield patissiers and chocolatiers Slattery.

The Manchester Cook Book: Second Helpings is published by Meze Publishing and costs just £14.95. You can get your hands on a copy at all good bookshops and online from Amazon. It will also be available from all of the contributors to the book.

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