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Derbyshire Meets Spain in 'Mi Casa' Cookbook

Published On Tuesday 28 Apr 2015 by Sticky Beak
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Hot on the heels of Casa Hotel being voted 5th best hotel in the UK, in Trip Advisor’s 2015 Travellers Choice Awards, Steve Perez has unveiled a Spanish influenced cookbook, Mi Casa: Spanish-Inspired Recipes from the Heart of Derbyshire.

The book not only shares some of the hotel’s favourite recipes, but also tells the story of Casa and is an autobiographical recount of Steve’s entrepreneurial journey. 

Drawing influences from Steve's Spanish roots, and his passion for high quality local produce, Mi Casa offers insights into dishes inspired by his Derbyshire upbringing as well as showcasing the skills of the two AA rosette kitchen team and Head Chef Andrew Wilson.

Central to Casa Hotel’s achievements is the quality of the ingredients and produce used in its menus.  Walton Lodge Farm, which is part of Steve's Walton Lodge Estate, supplies meat and eggs to Casa Hotel. Mi Casa features a behind the scenes look at the workings of the farm and its unique connection to the hotel. It also introduces other local key Derbyshire suppliers, Highfield House Farm and John Hattersley Wines, as well Yorkshire-based Grey's Fine Foods, which brings the authentic Spanish tastes and ingredients to Casa.

For Steve Perez this book marks the latest venture into the food, drink and hospitality industry. Commenting on the book he said: "I'm delighted to have a platform to celebrate my love of food in 'Mi Casa'. Not only is it a great way to recognise some of the fantastic local food produce available in Chesterfield and surrounding areas, it's also an opportunity to inspire readers to add a taste of Spain to their dishes too.

"My late Father Santiago, originally from Barcelona, inspired me throughout my career. I grew up in the Derbyshire countryside with him cooking Spanish dishes in the home. When it came to building Casa, I wanted something which would reflect my Mediterranean roots and the same is true about the Mi Casa cook book." 

Throughout the last 40 years Steve has successfully carved a career for himself in the hospitality industry. From his humble beginnings working in the kitchen of his father's restaurant, moving from managing pubs to developing the hugely successful international drinks business. 

Featuring more than 30 dishes ranging from simple Tapas to 'Something Special' Cocina restaurant inspired recipes, Mi Casa has been written to suit the skills of the novice and adventurous home cooks alike with easy to follow recipes.

Mi Casa: Spanish-Inspired Recipes from the Heart of Derbyshire’ is available to purchase directly from Casa Hotel or through Amazon and is priced at £14.95.

To order a copy, please email micasa@casahotel.co.uk

Photos from the 'Mi Casa' book launch at the Casa Hotel