|Hawksmoor at Home cookbook|
Restaurant cookbooks can be hit and miss. With a few notable exceptions (Moro, Ottolenghi) they tend to be full of high-end foamy show-off grub that no one with a full-time job and an average-sized kitchen is going to cook. Hawksmoor at Home is absolutely not one of those cookbooks. This fantastic book should, in the words of Mr H.Blumenthal: "be covered in fingerprints and splashes of food. It's a great hands-on book to use every day."
The first cookbook from the beloved London steak restaurants is a collaborative effort between owners (and self-confessed 'beef geeks') Will Beckett and Huw Gott, head chef Richard Turner, and Will's mum, food and drink writer Fiona Beckett.
The result is a book packed with achievable recipes, a wealth of practical knowledge and lots of wonderfully nerdy British and London food history. You'll learn how to make the perfect steak, the juiciest burgers and classic cocktails. Dan Lepard's photography and the whimsical illustrations, historic posters and essays make this the most stylish and informative cookbook I've seen in ages. Even better - all the proceeds are going to Action Against Hunger. What nice chaps those beef geeks are!
Pinch of Salt has three copies of Hawksmoor at Home (£25; Preface) to give away, courtesy of Preface. To enter, just leave a comment in the comments section below before Friday 28th October telling me what makes YOUR perfect burger...
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