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The only cookbook you'll ever need - The Glasgow Cookery Book - with free postage (UK only)

100 years old, The Glasgow Cookery Book has been a stalwart through many hard times.

We are now offering the book with free postage in the UK. Use this code: cookery

Not many cookbooks can claim to contain 'the most tried and tested recipes', but many say it is indeed the only cookbook you'll ever need.

From the days as a school textbook

The Glasgow Cookery Book started its life in 1910 as the textbook of The Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science - fondly dubbed the Do. (or Dough) School by Glasgow citizens - and was put together by the school's staff to document the recipes they taught in class. Miss Ella Glaister, the school's first Principal, was responsible for overseeing the publication of the cookery book. She wanted to produce something that the students could refer to, instead of painstakingly having to copy the recipes down by hand.

Kitchen staple

Since then, the simple textbook has become a staple in kitchens around the world. Over the years, it has been revised many times to reflect the changes in how we eat and cook. The current edition is based on the 1975 first metric edition, the centenary year of the founding of the Glasgow School of Cookery. The 2009 edition, which was published by The Glasgow Caledonian University and Waverley Books, was updated with the assistance of Queen's College Volunteers. Special care was taken to preserve traditional favourites such as haggis, pot roast, cheese scones and shortbread while including updates for the modern cook. The book includes recipes from around the world, including French sauces and classics.

The book that changed lives

Much of the love for The Glasgow Cookery Book comes from the fact that it touched so many lives. Stories of how the Dough School changed lives include one such of Mary Mackintosh, who shared some memories at the centenary edition's launch back in 2009. Mary was part of the Dough School group who travelled to London during WWII to cook for men who were re-building London.

The reputation for dependable and economical recipes ensured that its influence spread far beyond the walls of the Glasgow college. Its practical and reliable cookery advice became famous worldwide.

Cooking on a budget

Scottish mothers bought it for daughters and daughters-in­-law, and it became an essential purchase for young brides and brides-to­-be. Its practical approach to cooking on a budget is as relevant now as it ever was. Many men also attended courses to learn how to cook.

Alex Gray

In addition in the current edition there's a fascinating preface by Glasgow crime writer Alex Gray.

Alex's Aunt Ella was a student at the college in 1909. Ella Cowan's own handwritten college jotters survive, are dated 1909, and according to GCU archivist Carole McCallum, are the first definitive proof available that the 1910 book was based on the notes taught in class. The introduction includes archive photographs and samples from Ella Cowan's meticulously written books.

Carole also contributes an enlightening social history of the college, in an accessible and highly readable introduction to what was known affectionately to students as "The Purple Book".

This book was updated with the enthusiastic assistance of ex­-students and staff of The Queen's College Glasgow (formerly known as the Glasgow and West of Scotland Scotland College of Domestic Science). Eleanor Abraham was general editor of this edition.

UK Postage free: Special offer:

This offer is available from Waverley Books website for the period of 3/5/20 - 17/3/20 while stocks last.

Books will be despatched by Royal Mail from BookSource. Most orders will be despatched within 5 days and sent by second class post. BookSource are working with a skeleton crew, socially distanced. For any queries, please contact us through our website. Please allow us time to reply. We are working but in a reduced capacity. Many thanks.


The Gresham Publishing Company Ltd


(Waverley Books; Waverley Scotland)

31, Six Harmony Row

Glasgow G51 3BA

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Coping and facing fears in a small space - thoughts from Sue Reid Sexton, author of 'Writing on the Road: Campervan Love and the Joy of Solitude''

Sue Reid Sexton has written some of her books in a tiny campervan. She drives to remote spaces to be alone, and to focus on her writing. That said, she is no stranger to fear. In her book, 'Writing on the Road: Campervan Love and the Joy of Solitude', Sue discusses throughout her book: how to challenge yourself, how to cope with fear and isolation, and how to manage anxiety, among other things.

'In my view, and assuming you are not campervanning through a war zone, a modicum of fear can be helpful to the creative process'. Sue describes how she has a van and spends time alone to 'make my inner life and my creative process as alive as possible.'

But it is important to control the fear. She explains the many times she has felt fear, and the years of dealing with it. She also discusses how it is one of the most basic human emotions that we all feel, and the techniques she uses to get on top of it. Sometimes she phones a friend. On other occasions she has got out of the van, and looked instead at the vast night sky, and felt more at one with the universe. And at other times, in the wilds of Scotland, she has dealt with her fear by pinning together the frail curtains in her campervan, shut out the dark and odd noises, and put her sleeping bag over her head. As you do.

From starting to write a book, to finishing one, from spending time enjoying a cup of tea and reflecting that all things pass, Sue is now expert on spending time in a small space and making the best of it.

‘Writing on the Road’ has many five-star reviews and is described as 'an honest and moving story' that 'shows you how to try your hand at writing, or just become a little more reflective and mindful. It's both well written and easy to read.'

Sue recommends many books that have helped her understand her fears, and she also brings new ideas and perspective to how she deals with her old and new fears. Sometimes she changes route or takes steps to contain her feeling of vulnerability. Some people like being scared and a little bit of fear, like a little bit of stress, keeps us moving. A bit like Alain de Botton, the British-Swiss philosopher, who says it is important for this time, right now, to discuss our fear and our vulnerability. It is more important to connect, perhaps, than to boast about well we are coping (especially when we are not) if we wish to make and keep our friends.

Sue gives advice on how to channel any time you spend alone into creative time. Sue's book, 'Writing on the Road' (ISBN 9781849343831) is £8.99 and recommended reading.

And note please, right now, daily, through her Instagram account, Sue is offering help in a meditative short session.

The Waverley tartan notebook in your pocket..

This week (25/02/20) French fashion magazine “Letiquette” ran a feature on Edouard Baribeaud. Baribeaud is a French fashion designer. He lives in Berlin at the moment. He has already designed accessories for brand Hermès. Now he is about to create a range for Drakes, the French fashion house.

Letiquette asked : what does such a designer carry in his pockets? We are delighted to see he carries a Waverley tartan Macmillan notebook among his lovely Irish Aran wool hat, gloves, Tic-tacs and an African wrist bracelet. (Picture below)

We have appeared in some magazine features before and lots on Instagram and Facebook, but we are delighted to have got to this point, in February 2020.

We wanted to say a big thank you to all of you, our customers and to Kinloch Anderson, for your support and for buying our products. And we are very excited to see that someone who creates such special things, jots ideas down in his Waverley notebook! Time to get creative…

We will exhibit at the London Book Fair at UP2A89 Tuesday 10 March – Thursday 12 March at London Olympia. Please come to see us and our new things.

Edouard Baribeaud’s website is here:

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Exhibition dates 2020

SCOTLAND'S TRADE FAIR - 19/21 JANUARY 2020 - STAND D30 - Auld Lang Syne!

This will be the fifth time Waverley exhibits at this show. We have worked hard and recognised our customers' need for high-quality Scottish products. We are launching 4 new song-themed notebooks specially designed for the Scottish market. We will be exhibiting at the show to provide support and a meeting place for our Scottish customers to see these exciting new releases for 2020. We will have additions to our range in the summer.

The Largest Trade Show of the Year, spanning over 19 Halls at the NEC in Birmingham. We'll be releasing fantastic new 2020 Everyday and Christmas designs for Retailers Export distributors to see in the flesh, for the first time.

March 2020 London Book Fair 10 - 12 March 2020

We will exhibit again at the London Book Fair to meet our customers and friends and to show our books, Scottish books and gifts.