Deadly Dining – Judy Dyble’s Disasterous Delicacies: Book News

The debut book by English musician Judy Dyble (Fairport Convention, Trader Horne, solo with The Band Of Perfect Strangers), posthumously collated by the Dyble family as Deadly Dining.

Sounds like something from Horrible Histories…? Maybe …maybe not…read on…

Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Judy Dyble’s terrible recipes. Best known as the first female vocalist for Fairport Convention, she had a reputation for knitting while on stage and even knitting a string scarf while watching Jimi Hendrix play at a legendary London club. Her sense of silliness permeated her progressive music and her personal life and came to the fore in 2018 when she began creating these ‘tantalising treats’ for amusement to entertain family, friends and Facebook followers. Judy’s imagination crafted a totally different world populated by creatures and critters with her tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and her alternative take on being a domestic goddess.

Judy Dyble deadly dining

Now those disastrous delicacies have been posthumously curated by her family into this ‘non-cookbook’. The recipes she devised are the antithesis to the myriad of cookery programmes and cook books on the market. Now the cobwebbed crockery, detonated dinners and escapee ingredients that she conjured up are yours to enjoy in 33 hilarious takes, beautifully illustrated by Oxfordshire artist Louise Regan. 

This is not gourmet dining, this is a book to tickle your fancy – if not your tastebuds!

Contains recipes for friends and family based on their most-disliked foodstuffs, including concoctions for Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett and his wife Jo, Big Big Train frontman David Longdon, collaborator The Curator, authors/music journalists Peter Paphides, David Quantick and Mike Barnes

Endorsed by Judy’s long-time friend and King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp – “How could the gentle, true spirit of Judy de la Bédoyère be responsible for these poisonous concoctions?” and Steve & Jo Hackett – “Judy was so warm-hearted and open-spirited. This book of recipes shows the fabulous sense of humour she had too.” 

Copies of the book are now available from Burning Shed and

It’s possibly a suitable time to also add a reminder of the lovely Judy Dyble and David Longdon Between A Breath & A Breath album.

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