WI cook book celebrates diversity of Gloucester Road

November 08 2013

A NEW cook book pays tribute to Gloucester Road and its independent traders.

A NEW cook book pays tribute to Gloucester Road and its independent traders.

Created by the Gloucester Road WI (Women's Institute), the book highlights varied dishes - including Indian, Turkish and Swedish cooking - which can be created using ingredients found on the high street.

A proportion of the income collected from book sales will be donated to Survive - a charity working towards freedom from domestic violence, supporting women and children from Bristol and South Gloucestershire, as well asnfunding future WI projects.

The book launch took place on October 17 at The Gallimaufry pub on Gloucester Road, attracting much local support.

Showcasing 20 retailers along Gloucester Road, the book boasts 50 recipes from both traders and members of the WI.

The idea of the Gloucester Road Cook Book came after project leader and WI member, Katie Skuse, was cycling home from work one day.

"I wanted to create a book which celebrates the food and passion of Gloucester Road, and encourages people to buy locally in and around the high street," explains Katie. "The project has taken up a lot of time, but it's been worth it."

The group's first meeting took place a year ago, and has involved a group of seven WI members on the project team.

Gloucester Road's WI has 100 members, and meets every third Tuesday of each month to take part in various activities and discussions.

The WI hopes to raise £5000 for Survive's Freedom Programme, which helps women recover from their experiences of abuse; build self-confidence; gain the ability to recognise future perpetrators and realise the effect of domestic violence on children.

"We're very excited to know that the Gloucester Road WI supports us - I can't express how grateful we are," says Ruth Wood, an independent domestic violence advisor for Survive. "We were almost close to closing our service this summer, so the money will be a huge help."

With 1000 copies to sell, the hardback book is available to purchase at £15 from several stores along Gloucester Road, including Fig, Grape & Grind, Joe's Bakery and Pearce's Hardware, as well as online.

There is £100 of vouchers available for readers at the back of the book, which can be spent with local businesses.

To purchase a copy online, visit: www.thebristolshop.co.uk. Follow the Gloucester Road WI Cook Book on Twitter: @GlosRdCookbook

The Gloucester Road's WI with Ruth Wood (right) from Survive