Cookery writers with exotic backgrounds start with an unfair advantage. Tessa Kiros is half Finnish, half Greek, grew up in South Africa and lives in Tuscany with her husband Giovanni. Her second book 'Falling Cloudberries' (Murdoch Books, £25) is a beautifully produced collection of recipes ranging from herrings marinated with dill and allspice to leg of lamb with oregano and lemon, and ricotta tart with a chocolate crust. If envy doesn't cloud your vision, it's lovely to look at and cook from.
We've a soft spot for Ravens Oak cheeses. Not just because they have sweet, furry animal faces on their wrappers. After only two years at the Cheshire dairy, 23-year-old cheesemaker Katie Hollinshead won a clutch of rosettes at the recent British Cheese Awards for her hand-made brie-style goat, cow, ewe and buffalo milk cheeses. Stockists include Harrod's and The Cheese Shop, Chester; 01772 781500 for others. From £1.50 per 100g for Burland Green to £1.97 for Kidderton Ash goat's.
Have your cake and eat it
Where do Ruby Red rare-breed beef, jalapeno peppers and award-winning blackcurrant Madeira cake come from? Devon, obviously. This month the county shows off its good things to eat -
offood.co.uk has details of many mouthwatering events. Joshua's Harvest Store, Ottery St Mary (01404 815473/www.joshuasharveststore. co.uk) has more than its fair share of treats including the Berry Delicious cake. Buy it there or online for £3.95 plus postage.