May 16th: Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves – Book Signing with Belinda Harley

Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves: A Mediterranean Cookbook

by Belinda Harley

~ Friday May 16th from 7 – 9 in The Hungerford Bookshop ~

Join us for a glass of wine and some Greek treats as food writer Belinda Harley signs copies of her book


The Paxiots remind us of something that, deep down, we always knew: that food is better, when it is truthful.

On the sleepy and beautiful Ionian island of Paxos, the local people still follow the old ways. They cook from simple, ancient recipes, handed down generations, in which good ingredients are allowed to speak for themselves. Much of their precious food knowledge is in danger of disappearing …the islanders catch octopus, and cook it; prepare a whole lamb for the spit at Easter; and roam the hillsides, gathering salads of peppery weeds. In Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves, we walk along the old donkey paths through the hills, eavesdrop on village gossip, join their festivals and parties, and share the joys and hardship of the islanders: the sights, smells, textures and tastes…Writer and cook Belinda Harley has collected their recipes and food lore in an original  book that is part cookbook, part aromatic slice of Greek life.

About the author:

Food writer and cook Belinda Harley began in publishing, working with such writers as Quentin Crewe, Hugh Johnson and Terence and Caroline Conran.  She has published acclaimed books on Harry’s Bar, London and Annabel’s, and written extensively on organic food and artisan cooking. Her memoir of the dog she rescued from Paxos was selected for one of Hatchards’ Books of the Year. She lives near Marlborough.

This event is free. Pop into the bookshop at any point between 7pm and 9pm. We would appreciate it if you could RSVP by telephone or email. Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves will be published on 5th May at £25.

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