Three years ago, when Londoner and former music photographer Riaz Phillips had the idea of writing a book in which he could document the personal histories of the people behind some of the UK’s Caribbean bakeries, takeaways and dine-in cafes, he did indeed write to a number of literary agents, who did indeed fail to respond.
But instead of hanging around for someone to eventually realise that his idea might have legs, Phillips did what your average Joe would probably not have done, and set up a publishing company called Tezeta Press with a view to making the project happen his own way. His aim was to go out and find the stories himself, including researching, photographing and writing them, then fund the project via Kickstarter.
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Belly Full: Caribbean Food in the UK by Riaz Phillips published by Tezeta Press out now at Tezetapress.com