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An evening with Sumayya Usmani to discuss her latest cookbook 'Mountain Berries & Desert Spice'

Story added 2nd May 2017


Join us for an evening with former Build student Sumayya Usmani to discuss her latest cookbook, Mountain Berries & Desert Spice: Sweet Inspiration from the Hunza Valley to the Arabian Sea, with food and wine served.

Tuesday 30 May 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm

in Room 106, Build, 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 4BA

The evening will include a talk, food tasting and book signing.

Hardback copies of Mountain Berries & Desert Spice will be available for a special discounted price of £10 on the night (RRP: £20).

Attendees should be aware that this event may be filmed.

Book your place

Tickets are free but please book your place in advance via our Eventbrite page.

About the author

Sumayya Usmani’s debut cookbook Summers Under the Taramind Tree was published by Frances Lincoln in 2016. The book was shortlisted for the Food & Travel Awards 2016, the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards 2016, and was voted a cookbook of the year in many publications including the Guardian, Independent, Irish Times and Sunday Herald. Sumayya has appeared on on Good Food Channel and London Live and has contributed recipes and interviews in publications including the Guardian and New York Times.

Praise for Summers Under the Taramind Tree

This book is a treasure. Charm, information and what Sumayya calls ‘the flavour of my Pakistani heritage’ permeates every single recipe. It's an excellent book both for armchair-reading and for its detailed recipes – Madhur Jaffrey

Sumayya's words bring to life the aromas of her exquisite recipes, as well as the story of a little-known culinary heritage. It's wonderful to discover the world of Pakistani food and andaza (sensory cooking) in this perfect cookbook - Olia Hercules, author of Mamushka

My favourite sort of cookbook: personal, beautiful and full of things I want to eat - Meera Sodha, author of Made in India


If you have any queries about this event, please feel free to drop us a line at [email protected] or call us on 0207 492 2717.

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