Glasgow restaurateurs Melanie McCallum and Domenico Del Priore (pictured) are opening a new chapter with their latest venture. The couple behind Cookie in Nithsdale Road hope their new cookbook – Cookie Cooks – will encourage more families to get together and make their own meals. The book will be launched at the Mitchell Library at 7.30pm on Friday 12 April as part of the Aye Write Festival. Melanie and Domenico will discuss their fusion of Scottish and Italian food traditions and offer samples of their food and wine. There will also be the Cookie Cabaret with music from local bands, DJ sets and live art.
Family is the theme that runs throug the book. Relatives of Melanie and Domenico have contributed their favourite recipes. So there’s pasta fagioli from Domenico’s father Bruno, the “nonno” of the family, Grandma’s venison stew, as well as ideas for busy mums, children leaving home, solutions for junk food kids and tips for cooking with little ones. Melanie says: “There’s a lot of humour in the book. My mum’s not particularly happy with the illustration we’re using of her and our son Jacob thinks his recipes will put girls off because he comes across as unhealthy. But we really want people to think about the food that’s available on their doorstep. Good local produce doesn’t need to be expensive and authentic southern Italian family cooking is about making the best of what you have and reducing waste. It’s a very economical way to cook.”