From baking bibles to volumes on vino, from classic titles to celebrity chef bestsellers, Time Out has rounded up the best food books on the shelves to give you culinary inspiration. Whether you're looking for authentic Thai recipes, a guide to great British classics or simply some ideas for a quick evening meal, check out our guide to the best food books available. Know of a better cookbook that we haven't reviewed? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.
Man walks into a bar... and then another bar, and another, and another. Euan Ferguson - Time Out London's own pub and bar expert - has just written a hugely informative book.
Dividing a 7g bag of dried yeast into smaller and smaller lines, I felt more like a cokehead chopping out their stash than someone making pizza. But this was no ordinary dough wheel, it was a homemade version of one of the best pizzas in town, and making one took patience.
'Eat', a cloth-bound collection of 'over 500 ideas for dinner', marks a return to the simpler style of Slater's earliest books. Recipes are brief (some, says Slater, started out as tweets), with short lists of ingredients and accompanied by small photographs.
Written by the two young women who run the Bánhmì11 food stalls in London markets, the scope of the books is goes far beyond spice-filled baguettes. There are soups, stews, salads, noodle dishes, meat and fish recipes, all with the British kitchen and cook in mind.
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An Arabic restaurant and bar situated on the popular Brompton Road, just a short stroll from landmarks such as the Natural History Museum, V&A and Harrods. Deep purples and reds surround the venue to give the vibe of a shisha lounge, which is what Mamounia is. The Middle Eastern menu features traditional Moroccan and Lebanese dishes, with plenty of charcoal-grilled meats, including spiced lamb kafta tagine and chicken couscous. Baklava tops the dessert menu, plus mahalabia (rose water and vanilla pudding) and pastilla (filo pastry filled with strawberries and mixed nuts). At this Knightsbridge branch visitors can also sit down to a Middle Eastern afternoon tea, featuring briout, sambousek, mahalabia, baklava, halloumi sandwiches and more.
Venue says: “Serving authentic Lebanese and Moroccan cuisine with a twist. Try out our halal Middle Eastern inspired afternoon tea or electronic shisha!”