Books for Cooks

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© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
Ladbroke Grove

The best recipes from the books at this vivacious shop are brought to life in its kitchen.

Books for Cooks runs on a simple but very successful formula. From the small open kitchen, co-owner Eric Treuillé puts recipes (one starter, one main) from the cookbook(s) of the day to the test. There’s no choice – until it comes to pudding, when there’s an array of must-try cakes (lemon victoria sponge, raspberry and pear cake, or chocolate and orange cake, say) – but the standard of cooking is high. Pea and ricotta salad with focaccia followed by merguez, roast lamb and rice made a lovely summer lunch. Coffee is also good. White wine lovers must go elsewhere: only red wine from Eric’s own biodynamic vineyard is served (it’s also available to take away, along with his olive oil). So popular is the bargain lunch in the tiny café at the back of this specialist cookbook shop that regulars start lurking from 11.45am to secure a table (no bookings are taken).


Venue name: Books for Cooks
Address: 4 Blenheim Crescent
W11 1NN
Opening hours: Open 10am-6pm Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat; 10am-5.30pm Thur. Lunch served noon-2pm Tue-Fri; 11.30am-2pm Sat
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube
Price: Set lunch £5 2 courses, £7 3 courses

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Eunice L

I wish I could give ZERO stars since I didn't even get to try their food but their service at the door was horrifying. We were a party of three looking for a table at noon but were quickly shutdown with a "NO". Excuse me? An explaination to why you said no would be nice since that's what you do for good service. Of course we were just left standing around and to make matters worse, a table of TWO after us got a table right away when the guy offered to pull up a table from the basement. And when we confronted him as to why he couldn't have done that for us since we were before them, he replied in a rude appalling tone and escorted us out (probably because he had no answer for us since we were in the right, and by the way, even the customers were trying to make room for us) Now if that's not the worst service ever, I have no idea what is.