Food Festival cookery book swap

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Unwanted cookery books gathering dust on kitchen shelves throughout the city are about to get a new leaf of life...

Organisers of this year’s Sheffield Food Festival are staging a Cookery Book Swap as one of the new events for 2014’s city centre local food and drink extravaganza, which runs over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, May 24 - 26.

They hope cookery-lovers will be able to find new inspiration as old books trade hands.

Unwanted books in good condition can be dropped off before the festival at Hallam University’s Stoddart Building, or taken along from 11am on Monday, May 26, the day of the swap at the old Woolworths building on The Moor.

The event, which runs from noon to 4pm, is free and all books donated will be exchanged for tokens which can be used to claim new books, giving everyone a chance to go home with a fresh collection of recipes to try.

The swap is being co-ordinated by Eat Sheffield’s Niki Baker and Blanche Spataro of Seven Hills WI. Supporters include Lord Mayor Vickie Priestley, who says: “What a perfect idea! My husband heaves a giant sigh every time I come home with a new book to read, although he’s always more than willing to try out my baking skills.

“The festival receives such wonderful feedback every year, it‘s lovely to see the city centre so alive with people enjoying themselves.”