As we patiently sit and wait for restaurants to get the green light on reopening, there’s still a few ways to satisfy your restaurant cravings. One way includes investing in one of London’s abundance of restaurant cookbooks that allow you to recreate, or at least attempt to recreate, some of your favourite restaurant dishes at home.
From the bacon naan roll from Dishoom to Rosa’s homemade sriracha sauce, here’s 12 of our favourite London restaurant cookbooks.
Londoners go absolutely wild over a bowl of Trullo’s rich, cheesy fettuccine cacio e pepe. Now you can go wild in the comfort of your PJs and kitchen while you rustle up all of Trullo’s creations, along with their favourite Italian classics too.
Tried, tested and enjoyed by owner Tim Siadatan, Trullo’s cookbook is a homage to Siadatan’s heritage, whilst hoping to prove that proper Italian cuisine is easily replicable at home. From dishes including slow-braised lamb shoulder to learning the craft of the two ingredients Tuscan pici (made literally from just flour and water!), there’ll be no more ready made pasta sauces in your kitchen once you’ve got your hand on this no.1 best seller.
Having grown up with a love affair for traditional flavours and dishes from across Africa, Zoe Adjonyoh brought these loved dishes and techniques to London through her catering business, hosting regular supper clubs and events, allowing guests to experience these flavours themselves. Now you can enjoy these dishes at home, from pan-roasted cod with grains of paradise and nkruma to cubeb spiced shortbread.
Described by Yotam Ottolenghi as “a love letter to Bombay”, Dishoom’s recipe book delves deep into the traditional recipes loved by all from Bombay.
All you need to do is walk past the queues of hungry customers waiting patiently outside Dishoom on any night of the week to see that the restaurant itself has become much loved by London tourists and locals alike. But if you fancy recreating their specialities from the bacon naan roll to the jackfruit biryani at home, this cookbook will see you sampling the best of the Indian restaurant that changed the way Londoners eat.
From their Instagrammable interiors to their floor-to-ceiling stacks of wine bottles lining their Circolo Popolare outpost in Fitzrovia, the Big Mamma group doesn’t do anything by halves. And, the same can be said for their humble, yet delicious Italian classics. The Big Mamma Cucina Popolare cookbook shares all of the recipes that made this establishment so loved today. Follow along and try your hand at recreating the easy-to-prepare recipes at home, from the burrata flower power to the double choco love. Let’s just hope you can make them look quite as pretty and Instagrammable at home…
Mildreds was one of the first restaurants in London that helped shape the city into the vegetarian and vegan hub that it has become today. Whether you’re plant based, pescitarian or just looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and meat intake, the Mildreds cookbook will help you revamp your salads, sides and vegetables into vegetarian delights.
Boasting multiple restaurants across the city and beyond, Rosa’s Thai Cafe story is born out of founder Saiphin’s love for authentic Thai cuisine and seasonal, local ingredients. The cookbook gives you an honest insight into Saiphin’s wholesome traditional Thai cooking techniques, all the while making them easily accessible and enjoyable for the home cooks who are recreating their versions of her dishes at home. Expect everything from homemade Sriracha sauce to beef massaman curry.
Although the book physically states that “this is not a cookbook”, we wanted to include SILO: The Zero Water Blueprint because the young chef Douglas McMaster, known for bringing London its first zero food-waste restaurant, is eye opening for all of those who are looking to learn more about the impact of food waste and to source your own ingredients and limit their own personal food waste going forward.
Black Axe Mangal isn’t afraid to make noise. From their open-fire cooking techniques through to the heavy-metal music that’s usually blaring through the speakers, the restaurant is known for bringing the bold flavours and often underused ingredients to central focus. Written by chef Lee Tiernan, the Black Axe Mangal cookbook draws together Tiernan’s beloved dishes and signature recipes so fans can recreate their fiery flavours at home. It’ll also look very cool on your bookshelf or coffee table.
Pulling on inspiration from all areas of India, including Goa, Bombay and Hyderabad, head chef and co-founder of London’s restaurant Kricket, Will Bowlby has crafted a cookbook that both reinvents and plays homage to Indian cooking. Expect to be tucking into your favourite Kricket dishes from the street food favourite of Bhel Puri to the spicy goan sausage roll that’ll make you never look at another sausage roll in the same way again.
Get a sneak peak into one of the world’s greatest culinary minds, Nobu Matsuhisa, as you flick through World of Nobu. This cookbook celebrates the best of Nobu and champions all of the great chefs that have helped make the restaurant what it is today. From signature dishes to crowd favourites, this cookbook will see you learning the art of Japanese dining.
The Ritz London has become a London institute. Renowned for its five star service, impeccable food and gloriously British interiors, The Ritz London is celebrated dearly by all those who love the city. Get insider access into one of the most iconic kitchen’s in the world as you recreate some of the recipes that have helped shape the hotel into the institute it is today.
On a mission to broaden Londoners taste buds and palettes is Zeret Kitchen, a family run restaurant serving up authentic Ethiopian cuisine since 2004. Last year saw the restaurant release their first cookbook so you can recreate the flavour packed vegan recipes at home. Watch as you bring these flavours to life in your own home.
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