Octopus catches The Pig

Rights - NonFiction Friday, 22 February 2019

Taste-making hotel group signs with Octopus for cookery and lifestyle title

Octopus Publishing Group has this morning announced the first book from hotel group The Pig, The Pig: Tales and Recipes from the Kitchen Garden and Beyond. Stephanie Jackson, publisher at Octopus, acquired World Rights All Languages from Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown.

The Pig will be published in August as a £30 hardback and will, according to the acquisition statement, 'be a stylish, practical guide to living the good life with tales and recipes from the kitchen garden and beyond.

'The Pig is a collection of restaurants with rooms in Hampshire, Devon, Dorset and Somerset – and soon to be in Kent, West Sussex and Cornwall. Now, everyone can enjoy The Pig from the comfort of their own homes. Among the pages of The Pig you will find an idiosyncratic, seasonal approach to the good life, with delicious recipes, how-to guides and stories.

'The Pig opened in 2011 in the New Forest and became an instant hit. A more relaxed take on the country hotel, The Pig's unique selling point was, and still is, its kitchen garden which remains at the heart of the hotel group.

'Founded by Robin Hutson (who created Hotel du Vin and launched Lime Wood), his wife Judy (who is responsible for the interiors) and David Elton, The Pig's litter has grown to five, with more to follow soon.

'The hotels have won a fervently loyal following and a string of industry accolades: The Sunday Times: "There isn’t a trace of cynicism here – just enthusiasm, craft and people who love what they do, creating a place you really, really don’t want to leave;" Tom Parker Bowles: "The Pig revolutionised the country house hotel, creating a true home away from home. No pomp or pretence, just beautiful rooms and magnificent food with produce from their own kitchen gardens. Where The Pig goes, the others follow."

Hutson said: "Over the years, since we opened The Pig, lots of people have seemed fascinated by how we go about things, so we thought we'd have a go at writing some of it down."

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