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Best in the World – More Than Yorkshire Puddings – Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2023

More Than Yorkshire Puddings wins second place in the local and regional category at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards “Best in the World” competition.

After winning the UK award last autumn, Elaine Lemm’s book was entered to compete on behalf of the UK against the top books from other countries at the 28th International GOURMAND WORLD COOKBOOK AWARDS 2023. Coming second only to Mexico, ahead of Sweden, Germany and China, and many more, is quite an achievement.

Best in the World Gourmand Awards 2023 300pxThe publisher Great Northern Books’ creative director, David Burrill said, ‘We are highly delighted for Elaine and ourselves to receive this accolade. It has been a pleasure to work on a book of such outstanding content and this award is icing on the cake.”

Elaine Lemm said, ‘To say I was shocked when I heard that More Than Yorkshire Puddings had come second in the world in the Local and Regional Cookbook is an understatement. I am so proud not just for myself but for Great Northern Books, a small independent publisher that had the faith and gave me the support to write the book.’

‘It’s tough out there just now in publishing, and to receive an accolade this important is truly remarkable, especially given the list of countries it was up against. Also, I hope I have made Yorkshire proud because the fabulous food grown, produced and available here has made this book so special.’

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About The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 

The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is a global international competition with 136 countries participating and are considered the Oscars of cookbook publishing. Each winner represented their country in the “Best in the World” competition in Sweden in May 2023. The top four books in each category are entitled to carry the ‘Best in the World’ label. More Than Yorkshire Puddings, representing the UK, won second place in their category.

Find out more about the book here…

‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Colin Hall hit the (long and winding) road on an intimate speaking tour – a must for Beatles fans

STBGA Tour 1000pxBBC’s Bob Harris and author/music journalist Colin Hall set out upon an intimate speaking tour based around their mutual love and appreciation of The Beatles, including previously unseen footage from Bob Harris’ archive with Lennon & McCartney.

By 1963 the pair had written so many songs they simply couldn’t all be accommodated on just their own Beatles releases, so it made artistic and economic good sense to be offered to other artists for recording and the Merseybeat boom of 1963 & 1964 gave them a tailor-made outlet in artists such as Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer and Tommy Quickly. This is the story behind those songs, the hits, the misses and the demos that the group never released: ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’.

The tour follows on from their work together on Bob’s radio programme and Colin’s book on the subject, both also titled ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’.

‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, OBE has been at the very heart of UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation – described by Radio Times as “…one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting” and by The Mail On Sunday as “a national treasure”.

For the past 20 years Colin Hall has been the custodian at John Lennon’s childhood home ‘Mendips’ (guiding the likes of Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono and James Taylor around the property), he’s written two books on The Fab Four and presented a BBC Radio 4 documentary with Alexei Sayle titled ‘The Lennon Visitors’. Colin was incredibly in the audience at the Village Fete where John was first introduced to Paul..! The two friends have worked on several projects together before including the upcoming film Pre:Fab (which focuses on the band’s early days as The Quarrymen), a WBBC production of ‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’ and 2007’s Sony Award winning ‘The Day John Met Paul.’

Tour dates:

23/06/2023 Carlisle (The Old Fire Station)  Tickets:  https://www.ofscarlisle.co.uk/event-bob-harris-colin-hall.html

24/06/2023 Sunderland (Seventeen Nineteen) Tickets:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/579695

30/06/2023 Cardiff (Acapela Studio) Tickets:   https://acapela.co.uk/events/bob-harris-colin-hall-present-the-songs-the-beatles-gave-away

01/07/2023 Carmarthen (The Miners)  Tickets:   https://www.theatrausirgar.co.uk/en/shows/bob-harris-colin-hall-the-songs-the-beatles-gave-away

07/07/2023 Stamford Arts Centre  Tickets:   https://www.stamfordartscentre.com/whats-on/all-shows/the-songs-the-beatles-gave-away/12972

08/07/2023 Birmingham (Midland Arts Centre)  Tickets:   https://macbirmingham.co.uk/book/?id=1399549

14/07/2023 Leek (Foxlowe Arts Centre) (Bob Harris & Colin Hall) Tickets:  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/581490

22/07/2023 Winchester (The Arc) Tickets:  https://www.arcwinchester.org.uk/event/bob-harris-and-colin-hall

09/09/2023 Honiton (The Beehive) (Bob Harris & Colin Hall) Tickets:  coming soon https://beehivehoniton.co.uk/whats-book-tickets/

10/09/2023 Bath (Komedia) Matinee Tickets:  https://www.komedia.co.uk/bath/literature/the-songs-the-beatles-gave-away

24/10/2023 Belper (Belper Arts Festival, St Peter’s Church) Tickets:  https://www.livetickets.org/whats-on/an-evening-with-bob-harris-colin-hall

03/11/2023 Basingstoke (The Haymarket) Tickets:  coming soon

19/11/2023 Canterbury (Gulbenkian Theatre) Tickets:  coming soon

01/05/2024 Reeth (Swaledale Festival) Reeth Memorial Hall , Tickets:  TBC.

‘The Songs The Beatles Gave Away’ by Colin Hall, foreword by Bob Harris, is out now and available from all good book retailers.


More Than Yorkshire Puddings – Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Great news! Yorkshire Post food writer, Elaine Lemm’s new cookbook ‘More Than Yorkshire Puddings’ has been awarded Winner UK Best Regional Cookbook, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2023. Elaine will now compete against the books from other countries for Best in the World in the regional cookbook category and results will be announced in Umea, Sweden on May 25-28 2023.

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The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards is a global international competition with 136 countries participating and are considered the Oscars of cookbook publishing. Each winner will represent their country in the “Best in the World” competition in Sweden in May 2023

Elaine said, ‘I was so delighted on receiving the news that More Than Yorkshire Puddings had scooped this prestigious award, so soon after publication. I feel very proud, not just for me, but everyone involved in the book especially the producers, growers, chefs, cooks and retailers here in Yorkshire; after all it is their hard work that makes Yorkshire food so amazing.’



Chris Tarrant at Appledore Book Festival

Chris Tarrant is at the Appledore Book Festival
Friday 23 September 2022
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Ticket: £14

The king of popular broadcasting, Chris Tarrant will be recalling stories from a career that spans five decades. With 50 years of stories to tell, this promises to be a fun filled hour for all.

Find out more:



Chris Tarrant at Aye Write Glasgow

Chris Tarrant will be appearing at Aye Write in Glasgow. ‘It’s Not a Proper Job’. 8pm on Saturday 14th May 2022 in The Mitchell Library.


Tickets: www.ayewrite.com or by phone 0141 353 8000