Wednesday, 18 January 2012
The Camper Van Coast: Cooking, eating, living the life.
Well, here it is at last! This is the cover of The Camper Van Coast, spread out on my coffee table so that I can finally see it in all its glossy glory. I think it looks like summer.
The Camper Van Coast is the follow up to my first book, The Camper Van Cookbook. It's been almost a year in the making and has taken me to the four corners of the UK to see and do some of the very best things on these lovely little islands of ours. Inside there are more great recipes for cooking on the road, for baking before you take or keeping the kids involved. There are also lots of other ideas for places to go and things to do to get the most out of any visit to the great British seaside. There are notes on the camper van year, festivals to attend, lighthouses to visit, my favourite beaches, how to put up a deckchair and even some bits and pieces about seasonal ingredients that you can find or forage at the seaside. I might even reveal some of the secrets of making seaside rock or where to watch surfers catching monstrous waves.
All our trips away last spring and summer - including a wild goose chase to find the UK's most remote chip shop in the Outer Hebrides and a 1500 mile round trip to cruise the incredible Causeway Coastal drive - seem like a world away now, looking at the gorgeous blue skies of Widemouth Bay and Northam Burrows (where the cover shots were taken) on this murky January morning. But of course, time flies and the days between now (when the book is being printed, bound and sent back to us) and the release date of April 12th will pass by in a flutter.
I am excited enough by the book but even more so as we're running a competition on the cover to win a Cornish campervan adventure or the equivalent value in Just Kampers vouchers for those who already have campervans. It'll be free to enter and anyone can have a go but you might have to flick through a few of the pages to find the answer to the question! So if you've longed for a cruise in your very own van but have yet to own one, this is your chance to find out what the hype is all about. If you win you'll get to spend a week in Cornwall with one of O'Connor's beautiful VW Campers. Cooking, eating and living the life. The way it should be.
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