St Andrew’s Day will see food and drink related book signings in two different town centre premises.
Photographer James Mortimer will be signing copies of his stunning first book “SOURCED, A WEE DRAM” at Luvians Bottle Shop in St Andrews on Saturday.
James grew up in Monikie and attended ForfarAcademy before running his own studio based business Phiz Photography in the centre of Aberdeen for over 20 years.
He is now based in Balloch beside the shores of Loch Lomond.
The book is a top quality publication containing full HDR (high dynamic range) photography, which gives outstanding detail of each of Scotland’s whisky distilleries.
The photographs are accompanied by anecdotes associated with the brand, the location, or even an event that happened around the same time as the distillery was founded.
James explained that the book was inspired by his girlfriend last Christmas, when she asked what he would like as a present to accompany his usual bottle of whisky.
“There are plenty of books already published about whisky, but not one that met the criteria I was seeking.
“I’m not an experienced connoisseur, so many of the poetic descriptions are wasted on me.
“I can appreciate the subtleties and uniqueness of individual whiskies, but books about ‘nosing’ whiskies, and subjective tasting notes, are often beyond my appreciation meantime.
“However a coffee-table book filled with high quality photographs of Scotland’s whisky distilleries appealed to me – which led to me producing my own book” said James.
James will be in the shop between noon and 6pm.
The Edinburgh firm of Macsween’s produces probably the most famous haggis in Scotland – including a hugely popular vegetarian version which Robert Burns could never have imagined!
“The Macsween Haggis Bible” is a new book written by Jo Macsween, and it features fifty mouth-watering recipes.
Jo rewrites the rules and demonstrates that haggis is a versatile ingredient that can be savoured at all times of day and throughout the year.
She even dares to challenge the long-standing association of haggis with whisky, and recommends a new coterie of drinking companions.