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Restaurant Cookbooks

We've all missed eating out at restaurants during lockdown. Until they're ready to re-open their doors post-pandemic, we'll have to visit vicariously, cooking dishes from our favorite chefs and restaurants at home. Try out recipes from Ireland, India (via the UK), France, and Scotland with the books in this collection.

The Café Paradiso Cookbook

The Café Paradiso Cookbook

By Denis Cotter

Published in 1999 and still a favorite. Author Denis Cotter continues to lead the way in seasonal, local, ingredient-focused, vegetable-based cooking of the sort that many chefs have come to emulate in decades since. The book gathers Cotter’s favorite recipes served over the years at Café Paradiso, all of which are very worth making at home.

New Bistro

New Bistro

By Fran Warde

Fran Warde collected many of these recipes from bistro owners during travels to the four corners of France. The result is a hunger-inducing version of ‘France’s Greatest Regional Hits.’ Recipes such as Calf’s Liver with Bacon and Aligot Potatoes (from Aquitaine) and Artichokes Barigoule (from Provence) are the dishes on which fond memories of French holidays are made.

Mowgli Street Food

Mowgli Street Food

By Nisha Katona

The third cookbook from Lancastrian barrister turned author and restaurateur homes in on dishes that, says Katona, are “all about the food that Indians actually eat,” at home or from street-vendors’ stalls in Indian cities. Some dishes, such as Mowgli Chip Butty, are unashamedly Anglo-Indian. Others, such as Bhel Puri, will transport you straight to India.

The Seafood Shack

The Seafood Shack

By Kirsty Scobie and Fenella Renwick

Fenella Renwick and Kirsty Scobie’s cookbook, winner of the prestigious The Jane Grigson Trust Award 2020 for a debut title in the UK, is a refreshing read. The book draws the reader into the heart of this small fishing community through its beautiful photography, personal stories, engaging text and unpretentious recipes.

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Author spotlight

Bethany Kehdy

Bethany Kehdy

Lebanese-American cook and author Bethany Kehdy, hailed by Yotam Ottolenghi as “an new champion of Middle Eastern cuisine,” learned to cook from her Lebanese grandmother and aunts. In her two cookbooks, she explores the depth and complexity of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and North African cuisines, while making her recipes accessible – and super-appealing.

Aglaia Kremezi

Aglaia Kremezi

Journalist and author Aglaia Kremezi is the definitive expert on the history of Greek food and the regional cooking of Greece's mainland and islands. She's also been a restaurant consultant, a symposiast at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery in the UK, and a guest lecturer at the Culinary Institute of America in California.

Richard Olney

Richard Olney

The American-born cook and artist made Provence his home for many years. An excellent cook, he developed a deep understanding of French food and culture, which he passed on to English-language audiences through his books, of which 'Simple French Food' (always on ckbk’s ‘most recommended’ list, and a true classic) and 'Lulu’s Provençal Table' are probably best known.

Features & Stories

Author Profile: Denis Cotter,  author of The Café Paradiso Cookbook

Author Profile: Denis Cotter, author of The Café Paradiso Cookbook

Chef and restaurateur Denis Cotter opened Café Paradiso in Cork, Ireland, in 1993. It’s been in business for 28 years – a huge achievement in such a fickle industry – and still wins plaudits for doing things differently. The restaurant is closed because of the pandemic, giving Denis time to talk to ckbk about Paradiso’s past, its present – and what the post-pandemic future may hold for restaurants.

Cooking Blind with ckbk

Cooking Blind with ckbk

Paralympic cycling gold medallist Lora Fachie MBE appeared in a special edition of The Food Programme on BBC Radio 4 about Cooking Blind. Read more about how ckbk is proving to be a boon for Lora and other visually impaired cooks.