Bish Bash Bosh SheffPosted by: Ashley Birch
The lads from vegan recipe site Bosh! are back in their hometown next month, for the launch of their latest recipe book
Many of you will have seen Bosh's top-down vegan recipe videos knocking about on Facebook (they do have over 1.7 million Facebook followers), but did you know they’ve got a new cookbook out, packed with over 140 recipes, and did you also know they’re from Sheffield?
The lads are returning to their hometown as part of this year’s Off the Shelf Festival, talking about their latest recipe book Bish Bash Bosh. The event will be held at the Pennine Theatre on 3 April, and also gives audience members the chance to ask questions as part of a Q & A.
We caught up with the faces of Bosh! Ian Theasby and Henry Firth last year, ahead of the lauinch of their first recipe book. They don’t mess about…
Hi guys, first off can you tell us a little bit about BOSH! and what inspired you to create the website?
Ian Theasby: We went vegan in 2015 after watching Kip Andersen’s Cowspiracy documentary. One thing we found after becoming vegan was that we had to re-learn how to cook and found that, at that time, there wasn’t much exciting vegan food on offer. So we set up BOSH! to show the world that vegan recipes can be hearty and delicious. We posted our first plant based recipe video in June 2016, within a week it had 3.5 million views and it’s gone from there really!
What do you put its success down to?
Henry Firth: I think the way people think about food is changing and people are a lot more receptive to veganism – especially with movements such as Meat-Free Mondays and Veganuary. I think it also helps that many of our recipes are inspired by meals we miss from when we ate meat and dairy, so they are full of flavour and incredibly tasty! We pride our recipe videos on making simple, hearty recipes that anyone can make.
What are your backgrounds? Have you always been foodies/vegan?
HF: Career wise, our background was mainly in digital marketing and music. Although we’ve always been foodies at heart and so launching BOSH! seemed the natural thing to do.
Do you feel like there has been an increase in people changing to a plant based diet, and if so what do you put that down to?
IT: Definitely. I think there’s a lot more information now and it’s become more accessible. If you think about all the chain restaurants that now have vegan menus and the big supermarkets launching vegan ranges then it’s clear that things are moving in that direction.
Are you still in touch with your Sheffield roots? What do you think of the vegan scene in your home city?
IT: I’m a big fan of Falafel King up near the Hallamshire Hospital, it’s super tasty and really good value for money. I’m also super hyped about the opening of a new bar down at Kelham Island - they’re gonna have some amazing vegan options on the menu.
What’s next for BOSH?
HF: Our first cookbook is due for release on 19 April, which we’re super excited about! The book has already hit number one in Amazon’s Hot New Releases too, so we’re really looking forward to people seeing it.