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Cook the Dishes From Your Favourite London Restaurants

Emulate the iconic dishes from across the city’s dining scene

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38 Essential London restaurants; three cookbooks, St. John, Black Axe Mangal, and Quality Chophouse are perfect Christmas gifts Michaël Protin

London’s restaurants are reopening, but for those not willing to dine out just yet, there’s always alternatives — like copping some hypebeast-worthy merch. There’s also home cooking, so consider purchasing one of London’s best restaurant cookbooks, packed with recipes not just for meals and dishes, but many stocks, sauces, condiments, and base preparations primed to keep fridges and freezers full.

Restaurant Cookbooks from the Eater London 38

Black Axe MangalBlack Axe Mangal

Lee and Kate Tiernan’s heavy metal grill strikes a balance between project cookery and a rich array of seasonings, powders, sauces, and other flavour-lifters that are perfect for mixing into a plain base.

Quality Chop HouseThe Quality Chop House

Stock. Yes, there’s the recipe for the city’s most contested potato dish, mince on toast, and how to really cook a pork chop, but it’s the basics and building blocks that are king. Seriously. Make the stocks. Freeze. Congratulate yourself.

St. JohnThe Book of St. John

Green sauce to freeze, trotter gear, stocks, pies ... A book of comfort and culinary baselines, with the bonus of a very serious baking section and another bonus in Fergus Henderson’s singular approach to instruction.


It’s widely documented that pasta stockpilers are ransacking shelves and being quite curious in the shapes they leave behind. Probably time to get a book that shows to make pasta ... and sauce.

MoroMoro: The Cookbook

An enduring classic approaching 20 years old, Sam and Sam Clark’s seminal work is less a collection of singular dishes and more a sweeping, faithful exposition of thousands of miles of culinary tradition.

Honey & Co Honey & Co: Food From the Middle East

Many of these recipes are long prep-time, large dishes suitable for storing and reheating, and a brilliant guide to the versatility and ease of “jazzing” up staples. Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich are also wonderfully escapist storytellers.

The River CafeThe River Cafe Cookbook

Another absolute classic, with recipes designed for surplus and an assuredness of instruction that will soothe cooks of all levels.

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St. John

26 Saint John Street, , England EC1M 4AY 020 7251 0848 Visit Website

Quality Chop House

94 Farringdon Rd, London, Greater London EC1R 3EA +44 20 3490 6228 Visit Website

Black Axe Mangal

156 Canonbury Road, , England N1 2UP Visit Website

The River Cafe

Thames Wharf, Rainville Road, London, W6 9HA Visit Website


, , England Visit Website

The Quality Chop House

88-94 Farringdon Road, , England EC1R 3EA 020 7278 1452 Visit Website


Saint Paul's Road, , England N1 2LH 020 7226 2733 Visit Website


34-36 Exmouth Market, , England EC1R 4QE 020 7833 8336 Visit Website


72-76 Western Road, Southall , Middlesex , UB2 5DZ Visit Website