GOOD READ: Pleased with their copies of Bangalow Banquet are Kellie Doherty and daughters Bridget, 11, and Fianna, 7.
GOOD READ: Pleased with their copies of Bangalow Banquet are Kellie Doherty and daughters Bridget, 11, and Fianna, 7. MEGAN KINNINMENT

Tasty tales are on this menu

A COOKBOOK featuring recipes and stories about Bangalow was launched at the Bangalow Museum on Saturday.

The community has been working on Bangalow Banquet for 18 months as a fundraiser for Bangalow Public School and the Bangalow Community Children's Centre, and the first prints of the book arrived just in time for the Bangalow Designers' Market held in the museum grounds.

"People have been really impressed with how professional the book looks," said Kellie Doherty, mother of Bangalow Primary students Bridget and Fianna.

Mrs Doherty has been one of the recipe testers for the book which attracted hundreds of contributions from local families, as well as local restaurants and cafes.

"Harvest at Newrybar gave us their special glazed ham recipe; Pantry 29 has a recipe for tortillas and there's the Macadamia Castle burger recipe," Mrs Doherty said.

Mrs Doherty is among a group of dedicated parents who have been testing the recipes over the past six months as well as preparing the dishes for styling and photography for the 250 page high-end book.

"The idea for the book evolved from recipes to also including local stories that showcased Bangalow," she said.

There are profiles of local food producers such as nashi pear farmers, potato farmers and Singh's piggery along with stories about the history of the town.

The book retails for $39.99 and will be sold through the school as well as local farmers' and craft markets and selected retailers in the town.

"It's a little bit of Bangalow that visitors can take home with them," Mrs Doherty said.

As well as community-contributed recipes, all the writing, food styling, photography and design work has been volunteered.

Visit the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BangalowCommunityCookbook.


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