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Case Study

The Great Cornish Food Book

Cornwall is home to chefs and artisans who do some amazing things with the raw materials that our fields, cliff-tops, rivers and the oceans surrounding us provide. What better way to celebrate and showcase that talent than to publish their collective story in a book, we thought.  So we wrote the Great Cornish Food Book.

Did we think we’d be up there with the bestsellers at Christmas and read all around the world?  We didn’t, but we were.

The story

There’s no finer example of how we ‘do’ industry development differently. As well as cementing Cornwall’s place on the map as THE spot for seriously good food and drink, we wanted our book to be a thing of beauty. And it is.


Recipes and tips from some of Cornwall’s top foodmakers. Hand drawn illustrations and imagery conveying the essence of Cornwall on every page. The history and contemporary significance of Cornish food and drink. Charming anecdotes and colourful personalities.


Every one of our members benefited from the Great Cornish Food Book, as has the Cornish food scene as a whole. It’s sold almost entirely through local bookshops and other independent retailers, so we’re supporting those guys too.  What’s more, £1 from each copy is shared between the RABI and the Fishermen’s Mission - charities that help farming and fishing families in troubled times - because we must never forget that the farmers and the fishermen are at the heart of great Cornish food.
Much as we love the book and uphold it as one of our proudest achievements, it’s also been fundamental to our own existence. Our membership fees and other income alone aren’t enough to support all the work we do, so the income we derive from sales of the book are ploughed back into more initiatives for our members. Without it, we simply wouldn’t be around today.


"CFD are the dedicated team who bring together people from all walks of life but with one common interest – a love of and respect for good Cornish food. I can honestly say that I count myself blessed to be a chef in Cornwall and proud to be part of this book."

Nathan Outlaw, Nathan Outlaw restaurants

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