As much as we love eating out (and we really, really do), there’s nothing wrong with a home-cooked meal…especially when the recipes come from some of the UK’s top chefs and restaurants. Read on for our roundup of the latest cookbooks to grace the shelves, from The Cinnamon Club’s Vivek Singh to The Ivy, and stay safe in the knowledge that your local pizza place is on hand should things go awry.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
Brighton’s Best Cookbook: Recipes from the top 20 restaurants edited by Andy Lynes (Chef Publishing, £25)
In recent years, Brighton’s restaurant scene has come on in spades and this new cookbook celebrates the restaurants and chefs that have helped turn the seaside city into a nationwide dining destination. Featuring recipes from 64 Degrees, Silo and The Set, among others, the book lets you go on a food crawl of B-town without leaving your kitchen – buy Brighton's Best Cookbook here.
Caravan: Dining All Day by by Chris Ammermann, Laura Harper-Hinton and Miles Kirby (Vintage, £25)
With restaurants In King’s Cross, Exmouth Market and Bankside, Caravan’s mix of all-day international dining is now available in print form. Featuring over 100 recipes, the book includes Caravan mainstays such as jalapeño cornbread with chipotle butter, coriander and lime, and sweet potato and chorizo croquettes with saffron mayonnaise. There are also plenty of new additions too, including roasted, pickled and raw beetroots (pictured) and aubergine purée with preserved lemon gremolata and poached eggs – buy Caravan: Dining All Day here.
Hibiscus by Lopé Ariyo (HarperCollins, £18.99)
Following the success of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and the hype surrounding incoming Nigerian restaurant Ikoyi, it’s clear that African cuisine is having a moment in London. Young cook Lopé Ariyo hopes to add to the fervour with her collection of West African dishes with modern twists. The book features some very snazzy food photography, with dishes including hibiscus chicken (pictured) and suya lamb curry. Some old favourites are reimagined too, with the likes of grapefruit and guava cheesecake, and Lagos mess – buy Hibiscus here.
Indian Festival Feasts by Vivek Singh (Absolute Press, £26)
Executive chef of the acclaimed The Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh knows a thing or two about Indian cuisine. His latest cookbook focuses on traditional recipes from Indian festivals, with chapters including recipes for occasions such as Holi, Ramadan and Diwali. Expect dishes including pumpkin and coconut curry, firecracker chicken wings, and chicken butter masala (pictured) – buy Indian Festival Feasts here.
The Ivy Now by Fernando Peire and Gary Lee (Quadrille, £30)
Celebrating its one hundredth year, The Ivy has certainly grown over time, now encompassing a collection of restaurants around the country. Available to purchase from any of The Ivy restaurants, as well as in bookshops, The Ivy Now showcases the restaurant’s classics, including the famous shepherd’s pie and knickerbocker glory, alongside more global dishes such as Dukkah-spiced lamb and Thai baked sea bass. One of the original celebrity haunts, the book also features anecdotes from the famous clientele including James Corden and Stephen Fry – buy The Ivy Now here.
Can’t be bothered to cook these meals yourself? Gorge on our complete list of London’s latest restaurant openings instead, or work up an appetite with our list of restaurants that are coming soon.
This article was published on 22 June 2017