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Guide to camping and cooking in your motorhome


Cooking in the campervan with over 60 recipes

From grilling Welsh Black Beef Burgers on the barbecue in the Brecon Beacons to cooking freshly caught mackerel on the beach after a day at the Dorset coast, this is the definitive guide to where to camp in the UK, what local produce to eat, and how to cook it.

Food and travel writer Ali Ray spent five years travelling the country meeting the UK’s most dedicated and passionate local producers. Accompanied by her beloved campervan ‘Custard’ she learnt first-hand how to cook regional dishes and where to source the best local ingredients.

Bringing locations to life with recipes and mouth-watering descriptions of regional food and its history, Pitch Up, Eat Local matches the country’s best producers, farmers’ markets, farm shops and pick-your-owns with some of the UK’s best campsites. Each campsite is reviewed at length and there are listings for every camping style, from basic sites to those with state-of-the-art showers.

Ali also provides a delicious, family-friendly recipe suited to each area’s tastiest offering. From a Herdwick Lamb Curry from the Lake District to Yorkshire Rhubarb Crumble, the book contains over 60 inspiring recipes that Ali perfected on her travels, all easy to cook, whether on a gas hob, barbecue or fire.

Letting local food tell the story of the UK’s most beautiful areas, Ali’s colourful introduction to each area affirms that eating locally is not only the most memorable part of a camping holiday, it is central to fully understanding and exploring a place. From fish-smoking sheds on the northeast coast of Scotland, to the huge “cheese stones” strewn in Lancashire fields, local food visually impacts an area’s landscape and defines its history.

Pitch Up, Eat Local is a collaboration between AA Media and The Camping and Caravanning Club, inspired by Ali’s popular monthly column in the Club’s magazine. The book is available in paperback format for £16.99, ISBN 978-0-7495-7708-7.

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