The Cookbook Festival returns for a second year of celebrating cookery books in Chiswick 12th-15th September with a range of events including chef demonstrations, author talks, food and drink tastings, supper clubs and hands-on workshops and culminating in a street party on Sunday, September 15 when Turnham Green Terrace will be closed to traffic to mark the rejuvenation of the piazza area.

Henry Harris of The Crown, Chiswick High Road is hosting a supper on Wednesday 4 September to launch this year’s festival. Henry, along with several guest chefs, will create a feast for all the senses. Headlining the festival is one of our best-loved food writers, Diana Henry (A Bird in the Hand, Simple, How to Eat a Peach) who will be joined in conversation with The Great British Menu‘s charming and erudite judge, the twinkly-eyed Matthew Fort while you sample canapes.

The line up of talented chefs includes This Morning TV cook Juliet Sear who will demonstrate botanical baking to give your cakes flower power. One pound wonder Miguel Barclay turns his economical wizardry to plant-based meals. There will be a Great British Bake Off Winner, a Masterchef Champion (Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, Series 13, 2017) and a Modern Cheesemaker. YouTube sensation Ian Haste will fill your shopping trolley, shopping list included, for no-waste, simple, healthy and super tasty meals all week long. Chiswick resident Lindsey Bareham will interview eminent local butcher Rodney Macken, of the Turnham Green Terrace favourite, Macken Brothers. Lindsay will show you what to do for a trio of sausage dishes: feel the sizzle, savour the flavour!

Photographs above: Left – Jo Pratt; Centre – Ian Haste; Right – Diana Henry

Far flung flavours will be brought to us from Thailand, Iran, Lebanon, India and Italy from Kay Plunkett Hogge, Maryam Sinaiee, John Gregory-Smith, Asma Khan and Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi. On Friday 13 September you are invited to join the Danish lunch revolution: Trine Hahnemann will host one of her legendary lunches focused around organic sustainability but delivering modern Nordic flavour: three courses and a sipping vodka.

Too late for lunch? Join us for a sumptuous Ayurvedic Indian banquet by Mira Manek who pours the life-enhancing, energy-boosting principles into divine dishes. Our local area abounds in talent: TV cook, restaurateur and cookery writer Jo Pratt (The Flexible Pescatarian) will help you put more fish on your dish and sushi maven Silla Bjerrum will teach you how to roll like  a master in one of the Sunday workshops. All workshops are appropriate for children over the age of eight accompanied by an adult with the exception of the knife sharpening class! Lucinda Miller will show you how to cook with kids and get more of The Good Stuff inside them. But if you love a biscuit, you must love a super-sized biscuit! Hattie Cufflin returns to show you how to make a MEGA jammy dodger.

Incredibly, all the chefs are donating their time as all the proceeds of the Cookbook Festival go to charity. The Felix Project has been added this year as the food charity. The Cookbook Festival is run alongside the Chiswick Book Festival and donates to the same charities. Tickets to the Cookbook Festival start at £8 and all the information can be found on the website:

Photographs below: Mira Maanek; John Gregory-Smith; Saliha Mahmood Ahmed; Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi

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See also: Cookbook Festival supper 1

See also: Cookbook Festival supper 2