Cookbooks are truly magical things. We would know a thing or two about that having written a couple of them are ourselves (yes, that’s a shameless plug and yes, you can buy all the Mob cookbooks in our online shop, thanks for asking). Restaurants are also truly magical things – they're like little distinct and separate worlds where you can go and lose yourself for a couple of hours and come out, blinking in the sun, with a sense of renewal and a newfound zest for life. Unfortunately, a lot of our fave restaurants have been shuttered up for the last year or so of lockdown and we’ve not had much of that escapism since. Fortunately, a lot of our favourite restaurants have written cookbooks where you can attempt to cook some of their most iconic dishes in your own kitchen.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “why would I even attempt to cook a recipe that’s designed to be cooked by a professional chef?” To which I say, “well, why the hell wouldn’t you?” before hastily adding the caveat that although these cookbooks have been written by top, top chefs none of them have been designed for chefs. They’ve been written with home cooks like you and me in mind. People who want to replicate the sensual experience of the River Cafe in our living rooms but haven’t got the foggiest idea of where to start. The answer, it turns out, is the River Cafe cookbook. Go figure.
From Islington’s Trullo to Copenhagen’s Noma, a lot of the world’s very best restaurants have got cookbooks that are worth exploring and experiment with, Mob. These aren’t just cookbooks you can cook from but cookbooks that you can pore over and leave on your coffee table over the weekend. They’re the restaurant cookbooks that are conversation starters and an instant way to prove to your guests that you have class and sophistication. These are, very simply, the best restaurant cookbooks you need to have in your life.