Fenella Renwick and Kirsty Scobie’s cookbook, winner of the prestigious The Jane Grigson Trust Award 2020 for a debut title in the U.K., is a refreshing read. The book draws the reader straight into the heart of this small fishing community through its beautiful photography, personal stories, engaging text – and unpretentious recipes that make you crave the fresh local seafood.
from the publisher
The Seafood Shack is a sustainable seafood van located in the heart of the small Scottish West Coast village of Ullapool.
The idea for the shack was sparked by a conversation between local lasses Kirsty Scobie & Fenella Renwick when they were out on a boat with their fishermen partners. Ullapool has around twelve local boats: five prawn trawlers and seven inshore creel boats, with a further two crabbing boats coming in each week and ten or so white fish boats landing regularly. That’s a huge variety of seafood coming in daily, but where was it all going? Straight onto the back of a lorry. Why couldn’t you eat this incredible produce locally, fresh from the clear and icy waters of The Minch?
Eager to keep a little fresh seafood for their home town, Kirsty & Fenella launched a crowdfunding campaign and opened up shop as The Seafood Shack. The shack is now one of the foodie highlights of the North Coast 500, serving up whatever their fisherman pals bring them in the morning. Now, in their first book, they bring together all the recipes for the fresh, vibrant, ballsy dishes that have made The Seafood Shack such a Scottish treasure: from their famed Haddock & Pesto Wrap to the super-luxe Lobster Mac & Cheese to incredible super-local delicacies like Spiney Popcorn – it’s all here.
Check out the ‘Cooking the Books’ podcast. Each week, Brighton-based food journalist Gilly Smith invites a food luminary onto her show to define, discuss, and detail four defining moments from their book. It’s a great listen.
We have six books in our Scottish collection (with more on the way), and they are written by some of the finest food writers and culinary historians in the English language, showcase the depth, breadth, and deep-down deliciousness of the country’s food heritage, from the past to the modern day.
The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool by Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick was published on November 3rd. The book, including all 91 recipes, is now available in full via ckbk. Find our more in our Q&A with the authors.