London, a cookbook for British Isles Friday


This isn’t just a cookbook, it’s a travelogue you’ll want to read from cover to cover.  There are quite a few recipes that call for ingredients that aren’t typical pantry staples and some that are a touch exotic, but there are enough good recipes that a seasoned cook could handle.

I went with a few of the soup recipes because it’s that time of year when I desire the tempting aromas of soup to fill the kitchen.  Soup is a true comfort food, don’t you think?

The recipes come with detailed descriptions about the chefs and the upscale restaurants where they are featured.  This blurb from the beginning of the book explains it better than I can….


The cocktail section is beautifully photographed but I am pretty much a Gin and Tonic or a bourbon drinker so I wouldn’t attempt these alcoholic masterpieces.


The book is dived by food categories such as starters, cocktails, meat, fowl, seafood and vegetarian.  The dessert section will have you planning a trip to a bakery.  Drool worthy.

The author, Aleksandra Crapanzano, is a food writer and accomplished cook.  If you’d like to take a virtual foodie tour around London and read about the finest restaurants and dishes, you’ll love curling up with this book.

Here is the soup I made.  Recipe is easy….


Pea, Potato and Bean Soup


9 ounces of chopped potatoes

Canned great Northern beans

A bay leaf

1 cup of peas

2 cups vegetable broth


1 clove of chopped garlic

½ cup parmesan

Olive oil

Salt and pepper


If you are using dry beans you’ll need to follow the overnight soaking rules.  I chose to use canned beans so I could get this recipe going and have some to take for lunch.

Sautee the potato chunks in oil. Now add the rest of the ingredients except the Parmesan cheese and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer.  After an hour it may be tender enough and tasty enough to enjoy a bowl.  But it will be even better the next day.

Linking up with Joy’s British Isles Friday ,  Beth Fish Reads for Weekend Cooking and Deb at Kahakai Kitchen for her Souper Sunday series. The linkup for this week may be found HERE

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24 thoughts on “London, a cookbook for British Isles Friday

  1. Poor English cooks have such a bad rap! Although to be honest, my British mum was one of those bad British cooks and I’m not that much better. Thankfully, my hubby enjoys cooking!
    The book sounds great and yes, tis the season for warm and yummy soup!

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  2. London really does have a lot of great restaurants, as you point out. I ate at Rules when I was there last month — I notice that a Rules recipe is in the summary page you included. I also ate at the restaurant “Ottolenghi” whose chefs have written a couple of cookbooks.

    best… mae at


  3. I’ve always loved eating in London! Even corner restaurant serve great curry!!! Amd pub lunches, nothing like getting a real sandwich, not some plastic meat.
    Going to check this out at the library.

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    • You have me aching to grab the passports, Jackie. One day we will go and I will ask your advice on some of the est restaurants, particularly the ones with good curry.


  4. It looks like a wonderful book. I love cookbooks that are more than just a cookbook like this one. The Cinnamon Bellinis look delicious and perfect for this time of year.

    The soup looks tasty and satisfying–I am a big fan of brothy bean soups. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week. 😉

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