Coinneach MacLeod, the Hebridean Baker is delighted his first book is about to be published later this year.

The Hebridean Baker, also known as Coinneach MacLeod, has a global following and with nearly 10 million views of his recipe and lifestyle videos, Coinneach was recently featured in Elle Magazine as one of Elle’s Cosy TikTok Picks.

By John A. MacInnes
Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 8:57 am
Coinneach is baking up a storm across the globe.
Coinneach is baking up a storm across the globe.

With wholesome, traditional Scottish recipes, stunning photography and a generous sprinkling of stories of island life and culture, The Hebridean Baker book offers a true taste of the Outer Hebrides.

Focusing on small bakes that use a simple set of ingredients, these recipes will unleash your inner Scottish baker, it’s all about rustic, home baking and old family favourites because ‘Homemade is Always Best’.

Rose Minutaglio at Elle Magazine wrote ‘watching a dog-loving hot Scot bake bread is the ultimate antidote to these dark times’ and with the launch of his first cookbook, we think you will all agree!

Coinneachspoke to the Gazette, saying: “I’m so happy that the first Hebridean Baker book will be launched later this year by Black & White. It’s been an amazing journey so far and so exciting that I’ll be able to share my favourite recipes, including many Hebridean and Highland bakes, as well as stories of the Scottish Islands, with everyone.

"Growing up in Cromore, I was surrounded by wonderful traditional bakers, but there is no doubt I'm inspired by my Aunt Bellac in Marvig, who at 92 still makes the best duff on the island!

"I have always been a passionate homebaker but last year when I launched the Hebridean Baker on Tiktok, I challenged myself to bake a new cake every day for two months!

"I have loved inspiring folk around the world with my recipes, Gaelic lessons and stories of the islands. It's an adventure I never expected to happen and I have no idea where it will take me, but I can't wait to find out!

Campbell Brown of publishers Black and White said: “Coinneach brings a fabulous Scottish Island style to his baking, which is both inspiring and delicious. The whole team fell in love with his unique voice, his passion and, of course, his West Highland terrier, Seòras. For bakers and anyone who loves Scotland, the Hebridean Baker’s book will be a real treat.”

Coinneach MacLeod was born and raised on the Isle of Lewis, the most northerly of the Outer Hebrides. Inspired by traditional family recipes and homegrown produce, he rose to fame as the Hebridean Baker on TikTok in 2020. He has motivated his 130,000 worldwide followers to bake, forage, learn Gaelic, enjoy a dram or two of whisky and to seek a more wholesome, simple life. Along with his partner Peter and their Westie pup Seòras, Coinneach’s aim is to bring the best of the Scottish islands to a worldwide audience.

Coinneach continued: “The interest in my videos continued to grow and then I was featured in Elle Magazine. N ow I have had 10 million views of my videos and a following of over 130,000, from Carloway to California!”

The book will have an international release in September, but you can pre-order it now to get a signed copy.