Its farming and fishing industries yield an impressive harvest of ingredients, so it is no surprise to discover that Sussex boasts a rich culinary heritage. It was once said that: "To venture into the county was to risk being turned into a pudding yourself". Indeed, local cookery books were filled with recipes for dishes including Chichester Pudding, Sussex Blanket Pudding, and the intriguingly named Pond Pudding, which contains a whole lemon. Other local delicacies included Sussex Plum Heavies cakes and the savoury meat-filled Sussex Churdles.Today, the county's menus feature a tempting array of local dishes to satisfy even the most demanding palate, while looking back at recipe books from past centuries reveals how Sussex's fare has developed and tastes have changed.In 'Pond Puddings and Sussex Smokies' local author Kevin Newman highlights the county's culinary history and specialities, together with its famous food and drink producers, markets and food-themed events. Starting with an exploration of interesting and unusual Sussex dishes and drinks, as well as the people behind them, the book will visit wonderful watering holes and incredible eating places from across the centuries. The author focuses on the county's past and present food-themed customs and traditions, offers motorised and walking food and drink tours and investigates the stories behind many locally brewed beers. He also looks at Sussex cheeses, the variety of freshly caught fish and the locally grown produce.Discover the true flavour of Sussex, both West and East, as you tuck into this fascinating and delicious study of its culinary heritage across the ages. Illustrated throughout, this informative and engaging book will be of immense appeal to local residents and visitors alike.