A Countryside Read

We spent an evening in the company of the nation’s finest countryside writers sharing their tales from the field

CALIBRE recently attended the Orvis Book Night held at their flagship store in Regent Street where the best-and-brightest of the country world revealed their latest books and projects.

We spent the evening in the company of the likes of Jose Souto, Theo Pike and Tim Maddams who regaled us with stories from the field and the inspirations for their new work.

Jose Souto, the renowned game chef and former head chef at the House of Commons, spoke about putting his decades of experience into his new book, Venison: The Game Larder. As the title indicates this is a recipe book dedicated to preparing venison and features over 50 recipes from himself and other contributing chefs. Not content with simply offering delicious game recipes to prepare at home – Souto also taps into his deep knowledge of deer shooting to explain the best techniques for preparing venison he teaches to his own students.

We also heard from Theo Pike who was there to promote his book, Trout in Dirty Places, a look at 50 rivers within town and city centres to go fly-fishing. City centre fishing has been growing in popularity in recent years as more and more city dwellers realise that they need not leave the city to get their fishing fix. Theo spoke passionately about the topic and his role as the chairman of the Wandle Trust (a group dedicated to cleaning up the Wandle River) as they work to opening up more rivers for the general public.

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Finally, dog correspondent for The Field, Janet Menzies, was on hand to talk us through her latest book, Psycho Dog. After spending her past books talking about training gundogs from a young age, she wrote this book as a response to all the most frequent questions she is asked: what can I do if my dog is a bit of a nutter? A light-hearted read with good, solid advice that will turn any pooch into a well-heeled companion.

With plenty of other books featured including new work from Tom Payne and Diggory Hadoke – you will not struggle to find stocking-fillers for the countryside fanatic in your life this winter.

Or better yet keep them for yourself!