A NEW cookbook featuring the very best of the North Yorkshire’s independent food scene has been released this week.

The North Yorkshire Cook Book is the 14th in the series of regional ‘Get Stuck In’ guides by Meze Publishing.

Andrew Pern, Michelin-starred chef of The Star Inn at Harome has written the book’s foreword, and expresses pride and passion for the potential of the county’s extraordinary food scene.

He said: “I have been cooking North Yorkshire produce since childhood and I hope this cookbook inspires you to try something new with the amazing ingredients we have on our doorstep.”

Le Caveau Restaurant in Skipton and its head chef is among those to have recipes featured in the book.

Mark Byron, head chef and owner of Le Caveau, said: "I'm really chuffed to have been asked to be part of such a great book which showcases some of the fantastic chefs the North of Yorkshire has to offer."

Mark's recipe of slow-cooked rabbit in cider with summer vegetables and liver dumplings is among those included in the cookbook.

Recipes such as this reflect the availability of fresh ingredients, including game from the moors.

Mark said: "I have three friends who are gamekeepers on local shoots, so we get the game direct from the estates.

"I shoot myself, so the pigeons and rabbits I get myself.

"Everything is supplied in feather straight off the moors and into our kitchen."

Other fine dining restaurants also feature, such as that at The Pheasant Hotel, also in Harome.

Chef and owner Peter Neville praises the prosperity of the county’s independent food scene.

He said: “I’m delighted that the Pheasant Hotel is featured in the North Yorkshire Cook Book. It is great to be included alongside fellow North Yorkshire chefs and to get the chance to showcase the wonderful local produce we have available to us all year round on our doorstep.”

The cookbook strives to promote the region’s diverse approach to catering, with each chapter focusing on creative, delicious yet unique food and the stories behind each dish.

The cookbook also serves its readers a broad array of drinks. and Peter Fawcett, owner Field & Fawcett Wine Merchants, praises the region’s prosperous food and drink culture.

He said: “The food scene in the county is unrecognisable from a decade ago due in large part to the skills and dedication of the owners and chefs in this publication. It is a pleasure to be able to match our wines alongside their great food.”

The North Yorkshire Cook Book retails at just £14.95 and is available in all of the businesses featured in the book. It is also being sold in select local gift shops, book shops including Waterstones and online at amazon.co.uk.