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The Ingredients that made a fantastic year. - Hot Pot an' All hits the shelves

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The Ingredients that made a fantastic year. - Hot Pot an' All hits the shelves


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Irene Bailey cooks Ginger Sponge with Nigel Smith Irene Bailey cooks Ginger Sponge with Nigel Smith

Community Gateway Association (CGA) topped off an amazing 2012 with the publication and launch of a very special cookbook written with the help of residents and the community.

"Hot Pot an' All" shares the stories and recipes from the last three Preston Guilds, an historic event that takes place every 20 years, dating back to 1179.

Guild 2012 proved to be another memorable one for Prestonians, including many of CGA's residents who contributed to the book, one of 15 projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to help the city celebrate its unique heritage under the Guild. 

The changing tastes of Preston were reflected with recipes that included Pig's Head Brawn from 1942 to Chicken Jalfrezi in 1992.

To complement the amazing recipes, there are unique stories about social housing in Preston, how it has changed over the last 70 years and what the Guild means to the city. The response from the community was overwhelming with people sending in memorabilia and even their own personal cookbooks.

To bring the book up to date, local celebrity chef Nigel Smith was asked to recreate some of recipes using modern ingredients and techniques, inviting four members of CGA including acting chair Irene Bailey to his amazing kitchen to cook them.

Irene Bailey, CGA Tenant and acting Chair at CGA commenting about her experience,  “I am very proud to have been a part of "Hot Pot An' All", to cook with Nigel was very special. This project bought together recipes and memories of Preston Guild from across the city. It was great to see so many people contribute family favourites and stories . The book showcases the changing tastes of Preston over the last 70 years and we are thrilled we can leave this lasting legacy." 

At the official launch of the book at the Harris Museum on 23 January, Tiffany Hunt, recently appointed'as the Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund North West Committee, said, “Hot Pot an’ All" gives us a fascinating insight into the changing tastes of Prestonians over time.

We are delighted to have supported this project that, alongside creating this one-of-a-kind recipe book, brought local people together and offered training in designing, publishing, archival research and of course, cooking. The Heritage Lottery Fund are committed to supporting local communities learn about their past and ensuring that a legacy is left for future generations.

Preston Guild plays an important role in the history of the city and through supporting projects like these HLF has helped provide new opportunities for people from across the city explore every aspect of Preston’s heritage.”


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