Pavilion to publish chef and YouTuber Big Has’ debut cookbook

Pavilion Books Commissioning Editor Cara Armstrong has acquired North-london based chef Hasan Semay’s (a.k.a Big Has) debut cookbook ‘HOME’ from Grace O’Leary at Independent Talent Group 360.

The book will publish on 2 June 2022 and showcases Has’ signature style of robust, accessible and beautiful cooking peppered with influences from his North Cypriot heritage and inspiration from his time spent in professional kitchens.

A graduate of Jamie Oliver’s 15 program, Has has spent the last ten years in and out of restaurant kitchens perfecting pasta at Palatino and grilling meat at Sardine. He believes that ‘food is for everyone, no matter where you come from’, and his debut cookbook will focus on the sense of community that cooking and sharing food creates – from delicate oxtail agnolotti to jerk pork neck and pickles, this is the sort of food that begs to be shared. His no-nonsense approach to cooking and his BBQ Sunday Sessions series on YouTube regularly brings his online community together for masterclass sessions and delicious recipes.

Pavilion Books commented:

“We are so proud to be publishing Has at Pavilion. He is a hugely talented chef and writer, the way he speaks about food and teaches you to engage with ingredients and the cooking process is totally unique and his recipes speak for themselves in their flavour and personality.”

Has sad:

‘This book is just about food. Nothing flashy, no expensive equipment and gizmo’s. It’s entirely about flavours and understanding. Everything I learnt in kitchens or dishes I really enjoyed eating I’d always perfect at home or make for the family. Food in its entirety is more than just filling your stomach; it’s about stories, history, those shared moments.’

 HOME by Big Has will be published by Pavilion Books on 2 June 2022. Hardback, £14.99.

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