Photographer & Food Writer

The Lake District & Cumbria in recipes and photographs, and Yorkshire in recipes and photographs. Two books by Tess Baxter.

Local and traditional recipes alongside local scenes and a wealth of local and food history.

My own photography, of landscape and food, research and writing, are essential to my books. Both these books consider the beauty of place, the people who made it, and how food habits came about.

The Lake District and Cumbria in Recipes and Photographs

is now in its third edition, after 10 years in print. The book mostly looks at the Lake District, but includes the breadth of the present county of Cumbria. Historically, it covers the old lake counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire north-of-the-sands.

Famous recipes include: Sticky Toffee Pudding, Lakeland Gingerbread, Cumberland Rum Nicky, Tatie Pot, Borrowdale Teabread and Kendal Mint Cake.

The book contains 21 local and traditional recipes, 114 photographs of the landscape and food, and a map. It is B5 landscape format (240x168mm), and includes 32 pages in full colour. It is available from bookshops and my Dane Stone Publishing website.

Dane Stone Publishing



Full list of food publishing by Tess

Book author:
The Lake District and Cumbria in Recipes and Photographs (Dane Stone Publications, 3rd ed 2015; first published 2006). Available as a new edition from Dane Stone Publishing, Amazon and other bookshops.
Yorkshire: In Recipes and Photographs (Dane Stone Publications, 2011). Only now available secondhand.

Book contributor:
Alimentazione, la sfida del nuovo millennio (contributor) (Gangemi Editore, 2015)
Living Words: An anthology of poetry (contributor) (Swarthmoor Hall Press, 2015)

Newsletter articles:
Community Cookbooks and the Culture of Recipe Sharing. Community Food and Health (Scotland), Issue 58, December 2011

Conference presentations:
Parkin, Moggy, Tharf and Thor: Evolving words, evolving foods. Presented at All in Good Taste – Regional Food in History and Archaeology, Regional Heritage Centre, Lancaster University, 21 October 2017

Conference organisation:
Food and Society: Third British Sociological Association Food Study Group International Conference, July 2012 (co-convenor)

6 thoughts on “Photographer & Food Writer

  1. I really love your postcards. I will be keeping my eyes peeled for more recipes. Soft Lakeland Gingerbread sounds right up my street! Thank you.

  2. Hello Tess!
    I have a couple of your recipe postcards. I’ve just cooked the Weardale Leek Pudding and it was delicious and very easy. But the recipe card for Alston Tatie Cake mentions cream in the method but it’s not in the list of ingredients? How much cream should I add please?

    We hope to visit that area again next summer.

  3. Hi Rose. I had to look that up – one of the challenges with fitting recipes on postcards is the editing and re-editing to get it to fit the space. Usually I pick up on these errors, but clearly not in this case. Though I amended the recipe for the book earlier this year.
    It’s just one tablespoon – not a lot, just to moisten and to make it a little, well, creamier.

  4. Thanks very much Tess. I’ll give this a try soon, just busy with the Christmas stuff at the moment. I’ve just seen your Christmas cards with recipes so I’m going to order some. Hope you are enjoying your new kitchen. It looks fab!

  5. Thanks Rose! Just got your order through and will send them off today. Flooring went down in kitchen yesterday and I’ll do some more photos once the fridge is squeezed under the cupboards tomorrow.
    The storage heater fuse blew yesterday – there should be enough clearance, but it’s not a generous space where it is and it may be getting too hot. There’s always something!

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