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Jon Finch

Cookbook Author, Freelance Food Writer & Restaurateur
  • South West
  • food-matching
  • cooking
  • recipe-dev
  • music
  • brewing
  • food-prod
  • homebrewer
  • Marketing
  • Copywriting
  • Beer

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Author of ‘Beer Craft’ and ‘Grillstock, The BBQ Book’ both published by Little, Brown part of Hachette UK

What you can offer as a writer/beer lover?

Author of ‘Beer Craft’ and ‘Grillstock, The BBQ Book’ both published by Little, Brown part of Hachette UK

Jon Finch is the co-founder of Grillstock festivals and smokehouses, and the author of a cookery book of the same name.

BBQ and beer are Jon’s greatest passions. He’s been brewing craft beer at home for a decade and even has a full draft beer set up in his garden shed with beer taps mounted on the door.

As an experienced restaurateur with five openings under his belt, Jon is also well versed with menu and recipe development as well as the operational side of restaurants.

Jon has a no-nonsensewriting style that speaks from the heart and shoots from the hip (or, in this case, hop), making his text as entertaining as it is informative and accessible. Above all, he writes about what he believes in with a passion, commitment and authenticity that is infectious.

Pieces of work by Jon:

  • Beer Craft: The no-nonsense guide to making and enjoying damn good craft beer at home

    Fact: If you can make soup, you can make beautiful and delicious craft beer.

    Armed with this book, a stock pot and a mesh bag, you’ll be drinking your own freshly crafted, hoppy aromatic beers in a matter of weeks.

    BEER CRAFT will teach you how to make awesome beer, mix tasty beer cocktails and rustle up mouth-watering food, as well as providing a guide to some of the best breweries the craft beer world has to offer.

    Brewing beer needn’t be a complicated, drawn-out process involving a cupboard full of equipment straight out of a laboratory and ingredients you can only order from overseas! BEER CRAFT gives readers a simplified approach to the process, translating the necessary science into layman’s terms and making the process fun, approachable and just a little bit rock and roll. A must-have buy for absolutely anyone who likes beer, not just the geeks.

    Welcome to your new favourite hobby.

  • Grillstock: The BBQ Book

    The pioneers of British barbecue bring you the ultimate guide to the grill.

    ‘Everything you need for a BBQ blowout in your backyard’
    Evening Standard

    Grillstock know a thing or two about low ‘n’ slow barbecue. They have been pioneers of the American barbecue scene in the UK since 2010 with their original BBQ and music festival, Grillstock, which sees top pit-masters compete from the world over, and their chain of smokehouses bringing truly authentic BBQ to cities across the UK.

    Stacked with more than 100 recipes and revealing plenty of Grillstock secrets, Grillstock: The BBQ Book includes favourites from the Smokehouse menu, tips on mastering low ‘n’ slow style cooking, epic meaty feast ideas, and unique recipes from some of the world’s best BBQ competition teams.

    With chapters focused on the core meats of any great BBQ meal (Pork, Beef, Chicken and Ribs), a guide to the art of smoking meat, plus further chapters on burgers, fixin’s (sides), rubs ‘n’ sauces and finally ‘slurps’, the book provides all you need to create everything from smokin’ dinners for two to the ultimate BBQ feast.