Meze Publishing's Sweet Chilli Friday sells out

News - Books Friday, 09 November 2018

Debut cookbook by six London mothers features 60 vegetarian dishes

Sweet Chilli Friday, a debut cook book by six mothers from London, has sold out just a month after being released.

The book was first published in September and within just four weeks, Meze Publishing had commissioned a reprint after selling out of their initial print run of 1,500 copies.

Sweet Chill Friday is the brainchild of six friends who get together once a month at each other's houses as part of their cooking club, Peppercorn Passion. It was originally a way for the six of them - Sangita Manek, Sheetal Mistry, Alpa Lakhani, Anjana Natalia, Sonia Sapra and Deepa Jaitha – to share recipes, have fun and enjoy each other's company.

The book features 60 vegetarian dishes, with flavours from all over the world; including their Mexican vegetable soup, a South Indian cucumber salad as well as a Greek-inspired spinach, mushroom and feta parcels, Burmese street food dish Khow Suey and Turkish baklava tarts. Other recipes featured include baked ragda pattis, aubergine and pea rolls, lychee and ginger granita and salted caramel kulfi.

Manek said: "We just wanted to make simple, store cupboard vegetarian recipes that are easy to make but taste fantastic. The book came about because we had all these recipes that we were really proud of and thought, ‘hold on – other people will enjoy making these too.' The truth is, we're not chefs... we're working women with kids who don't want to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. However, we love great tasting food that looks amazing too."

Sweet Chilli Friday is a 144-page paperback and retails at £15.

Meze Publishing launched in 2013 and is the brainchild of specialist cook book designer Paul Cocker and publisher Phil Turner. The firm specialises in publishing cook books and has already published books for MasterChef finalist and Scottish Chef of the Year Adam Handling, Great British Menu’s Colin McGurran and current MasterChef champion Simon Wood, as well as creating a series of regional cook books throughout the UK. Meze was named Best Newcomer at the IPG awards 2016.

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