The Traveller’s Table is a wonderful collection of recipes from some of my favourite Mediterranean cuisines – Mallorca, Corsica and Greece – each of which I have waxed lyrical about here on my blog in recent years, plus another that I would very much like to get better acquainted with, Turkey. Read on if you’d like to get your hands on a copy.

One reason why I love travelling so much is the wonderful array of food and ingredients I come across and I love recreating some of these flavours at home. Yet I’ve often opened the pages of an enticing cookbook and thought “How many ingredients?” Carrying on regardless, I’ve selected a flamboyantly named dish to recreate, bought the never-ending list of vital ingredients (some of which I didn’t previously know existed) and cooked said dish with varying degrees of success. And more often than not, never cooked it again. Meanwhile most of the exotic ingredients I’ve purchased languish untouched in my cupboards.

Introducing The Travellers Table

Deliciously simple recipes bringing the flavours of the Mediterranean to your taste buds.

Mediterranean cook book

On behalf of Simpson Travel, Chris and Carolyn Caldicott have created The Travellers Table, a delightful cookbook beautifully illustrated by Chris’ photographs. The recipes are clear and concise and there isn’t an overly long list of ingredients in sight. There are a few traditional local ingredients used that may be hard to come by here in the UK, however, alternatives are always suggested, an extremely handy approach that I wish more cookbooks would adopt. For example, if you are looking to create Cretan Courgette and Potato Boureki, while on holiday in Crete buy some mizithira cream cheese. However, if unable to track it down back home substitute it with equal quantities of feta and ricotta, both of which are readily available even in my little home town.

In addition to the recipes each section also includes a brief guide to the flavours of the region.

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Plus a handy low-down on local drinks such as herbe from Mallorca, one of my favourite tipples. A bottle of this delicious anise-based liqueur infused with a myriad of wild herbs always comes home with me after a visit. I drink it solely for its medicinal qualities you understand.

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Menemen Scrambled Eggs from Turkey

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When the book arrived I happened to have all the right ingredients for this simple Turkish breakfast dish.

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They were quick and easy to transform into a very yummy brunch.

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I’ve since tried a number of recipes from the book and they’ve all turned out a treat.

The Traveller’s Table is the perfect cookbook whether you wish to recreate the flavours of travels gone by or you are heading off on a new adventure, for it will give you the confidence to shop, eat and drink like a local.

Tsipouro, a traditional spirit from Greece

The Traveller’s Table Giveaway

You can get your hands on all the recipes by downloading the PDF here but if you like me prefer an actual cookbook I have 5 copies to give away to my readers courtesy of Simpson Travel.

The Traveller's Table Cook book

How to Enter

You can select just one or all of the following ways to enter via Rafflecopter. The more you do the greater your chances. And you can get extra entries by tweeting about the giveaway every day until it ends. Be sure to register each entry in the Rafflecopter app below and join my mailing list to be the first to hear about future great giveaways.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The competition closes on January 20th 2016 at midnight GMT.
  • Five winners will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter.
  • Each winner will win a copy of The Traveller’s Table.
  • The prize is non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.
  • The winner will be contacted via email and will need to confirm their acceptance of the prize within 7 days.
  • The winner must be a UK resident and must provide an address in the UK to post the book to (apologies to non UK residents).

Cheese and cured meats at Palma Market, Mallorca

Above: Traditional cheeses and cured meats in Palma market, Mallorca

More about the authors: Up until recently, and for the last 20 years, Chris and Carolyn Caldicott ran the World Food Café in London’s Covent Garden. Carolyn is now a full-time author, food stylist and cook. She writes for numerous publications on food and travel including Elle magazine. While Chris travels to some of the most remote parts of the world as Photographer-in-Residence to the Royal Geographical Society and works freelance specialising in food and travel for publications such as Condé Nast Traveller and The Telegraph.

Disclosure: This giveaway was brought to you in association with Simpson Travel.

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