My wife was living in Bottesford in the Vale of Belvoir when we met. We were married there in the magnificent church that goes by the name of The Lady of the Vale of Belvoir, and our daughter was christened in the same place.
My wife introduced me to the delights of a Melton Mowbray Pork Pie on an early date while we were courting, and later showed me that there are two sorts of cheese known as Stilton - I had previously thought that there was only one. She has collected a number of recipes over the years and some of these are included in this book. I must also thank many other people who have helped with this book. It would be an impossible task to list them all, though you will find many of them listed as makers of fine foods and drinks at the back of this book. I must single out Angela Geary who has kindly allowed me access to her collection of old Leicestershire lore, including recipes and information on fruit varieties.
I have enjoyed researching this book, and must confess that my trousers are a touch tighter now than when I started.
Read, Eat, Drink, Enjoy.
from "Food and Drink of Leicestershire" by Rupert Matthews.