Top Ten Cookery Books: Paul Merrett

I met Paul Merrett at The Victoria this morning; a critically acclaimed gastro pub in South West London, close to Richmond Park. Chef Paul and restaurateur Greg Bellamy opened the pub in 2008 and since then it has gained a reputation for serving excellent food. The Times described it as ‘an absolute treat for foodie familes’ […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Eric Guignard

I’ve been hearing good things about The French Table in leafy Surbiton for some time. From enthusiastic words about the restaurant from various people to my friend Jane telling me she’d stumbled by chance upon a wonderful cafe/bakery in Surbiton called The French Tarte that she thought The Single Gourmet Traveller should check out. When […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Samuel Clark

Those of you who have followed my blog since I began writing eight months ago will be familiar with my passion for talking anything ‘Moro’. Not only has Moro been one of my favourite restaurants for a few years (see my recent post about eating there), but the two Moro books I own feature on […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Abdul Yaseen

Now I’ve discovered the wonderful Cinnamon Kitchen, I keep heading back there, so my route via Liverpool St Station is becoming very familiar – in all the best ways.  It was a special pleasure this morning to be going there to interview head chef Abdul Yaseen about his favourite cookbooks and find out more about […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Paul Hughes

I’ve written about the lovely A Cena on the Hill deli before and its head chef, Paul Hughes, but thought it was time I headed back to talk to Paul about his Top Ten Cookery Books and find out more about him. Paul is an interesting man to talk to: apart from his obvious love […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Mark Mosimann

Mark and his brother Philipp are now joint Managing Directors of Mosimann’s, one of the most prestigious dining clubs in the world, and opened by their father, the famous chef Anton Mosimann OBE, in 1988. Mark also runs Mosimann’s Academy, based in a converted Victorian school in Battersea, which offers a wide range of cookery […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Shaun Dickens of Fallowfields

While enjoying my bloggers’ day at Fallowfields last week, I asked head chef, Shaun Dickens, if I could interview him for my Top Ten Cookery Books series. So, a week later, I was heading up the M40 again and looking forward to hearing more about Shaun, his career – and, of course, his book choice. […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Lawrence Hartley of Brula

Brula was a runner up in the ‘Best Restaurant’ category of the recent Observer Food Monthly annual awards. And being a runner up to Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant, Dinner, can only be an indication of how special this little French restaurant in St Margarets, Twickenham is. It opened on its present site in 2000 and has […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Katie Caldesi

I met Katie Caldesi this morning to talk about her Top Ten Cookery Books at Caffe Caldesi in Marylebone Lane. We’d exchanged a few emails and phone conversations setting this up and it was great to finally meet Katie and also to enjoy the welcoming ambience of Caffe Caldesi. Katie and her husband, Giancarlo, opened […]

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Top Ten Cookery Books: Marc Brown, Head Chef at Joe Allen

I recently wrote about Joe Allen in Covent Garden being one of my Favourite Haunts, and so it was great to meet head chef Marc Brown today and talk with him about his favourite cookery books. Marc has been at Joe Allen for fifteen years, having previously worked at restaurants like RSJ and Bank. Marc […]

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