Towpath recipes and stories – a book written by the owners of the canalside restaurant in east London – might seem an odd addition to a collection of winter cookbooks, given the restaurant itself is closed annually from November to March. But that is exactly what makes it so perfect. The food is designed to make you feel well-fed and comforted, whatever the weather.
With everything from simple taramasalata to an aubergine parmigiana or french onion soup (delicious – do try it), the strength of the recipes is matched by the eloquence of the writing that accompanies it.
The authors, Laura Jackson and Lori De Mori, are both so enthusiastic about cooking and hosting that it makes you feel enveloped in their passion for the business. They talk candidly about life on the canal throughout the year, from the first signs of spring to the fireworks of November. This is the kind of recipe book you want to snuggle up on the sofa with, as well as use in the kitchen.