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FOODIE FAVE: Remy Tancred, right, and Nelly le Comte are publishers of Byron Bay – a food journey through the region.
FOODIE FAVE: Remy Tancred, right, and Nelly le Comte are publishers of Byron Bay – a food journey through the region.

IF THERE is a restaurant or cafe on The Northern Rivers worth eating at, Remy Tancred has taste-tested it.

The Sample Magazine publisher and Sample Food Festival director is set to launch her latest book, Byron Bay - a food journey through the region, in which she provides a foodie's map of the North Coast along with recipes and profiles of more than 100 local food producers, restaurants/cafes and caterers.

To produce this food journey through the region, Tancred spent more than seven months visiting food establishments, anonymously, to select those to appear in the book.

The book invites readers to take the same journey, following three distinct routes: Commencing in Byron then venturing south, over the hills to the west, and finishing in the north.

"I travelled up to Kingscliff, down to Yamba and west to Nimbin," Ms Tancred said.

"I had careful criteria of who would make it into the book and I had to say no to a lot of people.

"It could only include places I would eat at and could recommend and there had to be a local element to the menu."

Once a selection was made Tancred set up full-day "shoots" with local photographer Nelly le Comte to profile the restaurant and its food, as well as local food producers.

"I included producers as well because there is this marriage between our local producers and chefs on the Northern Rivers," Ms Tancred said.

"Many of them use local produce and I think consumers are becoming more aware of what's in our own backyard."

The book is self-funded and self-published - a deliberate decision by Ms Tancred: "That way I had total control on what I was showcasing," she said.

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