Jacqui Jones’ and Joan Wilmot’s Boxing Clever cookbook has been commended for the Innovation Award at the Highlands and Islands Food and Drink Forum Awards 2006.
The inspiration for the book came in 1993 when Joan looked at four boxes of rotting Earthshare vegetables and realised that she needed a cookbook so she’d know what to do with them. Earthshare is our local subscription-based agriculture scheme which grows delicious organic vegetables – sometimes in bumper quantities.
Boxing Clever wasn’t published until November 2002 because Joan and Jacqui spent so much time enjoying cooking and drinking red wine together that writing the book took a little bit longer. It is self-published, and printed by local printers, Big Sky, as part of the whole home-grown ethos. It is now into its third print run.
The forward for the book is written by Patrick Holden, the director of the Soil Association and it is sold all over the world, primarily the UK, but also in New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Ireland. Joan and Jacqui have represented the Soil Association at a worldwide conference in Marseilles, have been on the panel at the Abergevany organic food fair in Scotland, and have done food demonstrations in Manchester, Ardersier, at the Royal Highland Show, Cawdor Castle local food fair, as well as at our local Forres Library.
It’s great to be recognised by the food industry in the Highlands and Islands. The book is bigger than we ever thought possible – some people are starting to call it the bible of box schemes, said Jacqui.
For fans of the book there is even more good news – they are writing another cookbook, due out in 2008. The Boxing Clever cookbook is available from Phoenix Community Stores ++44 (0)1309 690110 or from Boxing Clever.