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Publication Date
06 June 2013
Available for Sale
Birlinn Ltd
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The Puffer Cookbook

by Mandy Hamilton and David Hawson - Find out more about the author

'The recipes are as failsafe as they are delicious, while lovely watercolour illustrations and humour make a heady mix' – Scottish Field

In 1975 the last surviving Clyde Puffer was found derelict in Whitby Harbour. It was lovingly restored and now plies up and down the West Coast of Scotland throughout the summer every year, carrying thousands of passengers on an idyllic cruise through some of the finest scenery on earth. Part of the experience which has drawn Puffer enthusiasts back again and again are the delicious meals prepared for them in the tiny galley, which has no electricity but limitless supplies of boiling water as befits a steam vessel! Mandy Hamilton and David Hawson have had the inspired idea of combining the wonderfully varied recipes that have been cooked on board over the years with stunning photography of unforgettable land and seascapes, and with David's exuberant paintings of food, fish, flowers, fauna and the wonderful Puffer itself. The result is a unique cookbook that captures the magic of the Clyde and the Hebrides. Lovers of Scotland, anyone who enjoys cooking and the Puffer's innumerable fans will treasure it as the perfect souvenir of happy summer days.

Feast your eyes on this highly unique cookbook:


David Hawson is a retired GP from Monymusk in rural Aberdeenshire, and a painter who has exhibited with the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society. He has sailed extensively throughout the West Coast waters of Scotland and sketches and paints wherever he goes. Mandy Hamilton was born in England but has lived in Scotland since marrying a Scot 33 years ago. She has worked in various enterprises including running a restaurant and an organic farm. She lives in Glasgow.