Sales of Island writer James Rayner's new book, Historic Isle of Wight Food, are going well.

The book, launched last summer, is already on its second print run and takes a tour of the lost world of Isle of Wight food.

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Historic Isle of Wight Food brings to life the forgotten elements which characterised the Island’s regional cuisine in centuries past, from foraged fruit wine to samphire and sand sprats.

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Isle of Wight doughnuts.

It explores how the Island's landscape, traditions and heritage combined to create a distinctive and varied food culture and reveals the stories behind some of the Island’s most iconic food products, such as the spicy, plum-filled Isle of Wight doughnut and the local version of a creamy pannacotta: junket.

The book also unearths how wild garlic became named after the area’s Romani gypsy minority and how a local type of biscuit became reproduced in bakeries as far afield as Calcutta.

It concludes with a look at the wave of European chefs and hoteliers who changed the course of local food forever, before exploring the edible wild plants, dialect terms and historic recipes which defined Island food, allowing this forgotten food culture to be revived once again.

James says: “Traditional Island food seemed to disappear about 120 years ago, but it’s definitely worth revitalising. I’d love to see Isle of Wight Doughnuts, Junket and Apple Stucklens being made here again.

“We’re already renowned for our food, but bringing back our lost culinary culture could help it become something truly extraordinary.”

Historic Isle of Wight Food by James Rayner is priced at £9.99 and is available from shops and other outlets across the Island, including Grace’s Bakery; Bembridge Farm Shop; Joli in Cowes; Dimbola Lodge; Ryde Bookshop and Number 66 in Union Street, Ryde.

You can also find it at Harwood’s of Yarmouth; The Garlic Farm; Medina Books, Cowes; It’s About Thyme and Babushka Books in Shanklin; and Caffe Isola, The Little Nook, Island Traders and Waterstone’s in Newport, as well as Quarr Abbey and Wightlink ports and ferries. It also available to order online from, which offers a wide range of Isle of Wight gifts and products.