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World pasty champion Billy Deakin publishes first book

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 31, 2013

World pasty champion Billy Deakin is sharing his secrets in a new book, and planning to raise the funding online via Kickstarter.

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THE world pasty champion is sharing his recipes and tips in a new book.

Billy Deakin, twice winner of the World Pasty Championships held at the Eden Project, has written a guide to preparing the county's famous dish.

How To Make An Award- Winning Cornish Pasty features his championship recipe, plus others for traditional, modern and sweet pasties.

The self-published book also includes a detailed discussion of ingredients and techniques, tips for getting a perfect crust and the all-important crimp. Described by the author as "a celebration of the pasty", the guide will also feature a detailed history.

Mr Deakin has appeared twice on the BBC's Masterchef programme and had his recipes published in magazines and newspapers.

Due to the costs involved in self-publishing, he has launched a funding campaign on Kickstarter, a 'crowdsourcing' online platform, to raise £1,200.

"Kickstarter allows me to test the water and see how much interest there is in the book, while offsetting some of the development costs," Mr Deakin wrote on his Kickstarter page.

"If I hit my funding goal, then I'll know there is interest and will be happy to invest in the printing costs to get a few thousand copies of the book printed and I can give my backers copies of the book as thanks for helping me achieve that.

"If I raise more, I can print more copies and make it even better."

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