Harry Parr, one half of the infamous food-tinkering duo – and now of newly launched publishing house Bompas & Parr Editions – is going into his new venture with eyes wide open. “We won’t sell many books,” he says, and he’s probably right (in comparison to a certain Essex TV chef he name-checks), but the limited – or perhaps select – target audience for their outre food books are in for a treat.
Out of print, forgotten classics of the culinary persuasion are in line for a major reheating, but the firm is opting for a fresher, fruity starter to its menu: Tutti Frutti with Bompas & Parr and Friends. You wouldn’t have gotten great odds that we’d ever write “it’s a book about fruit salad”, but they’ve coaxed it out of us with this combination of top photography, art and illustration from the likes of Martin Parr and Yinka Shonibare MBE, alongside recipes from chefs who actually spend more time cooking in proper kitchens than titting about on This Morning. The edition, tantalisingly laid out by designers Inventory Studio, is available from a limited run of 2,500, and ties in with Bompas & Parr’s fruity installation of the same name at Kew Gardens.