We have plenty of cookbooks that we read for escapism without the hope of recreating any of the recipes but increasingly, we’re turning to cookbooks that actually fulfil a need. And whilst it might seem absurd to consider brunch a need, we’ve certainly found it necessary of late not to spend £20 on some avo toast and fresh juice on a Sunday morning. We still want a leisurely, indulgent time with friends which is where The Little Book of Brunch comes in. Sophie Missing and Caroline Craig, authors of an old favourite of ours The Cornershop Cookbook, have produced a book of down to earth brunch recipes written with characteristic verve. These women are serious eaters in the sense that there’s not one recipe for baked eggs, there are three, but they are also grounded enough not to make either the recipes (or the lifestyle that comes with them) seem daunting.
If you like the idea of the book but aren’t sure if it’s for you, or if you just love brunch, why not try some of the recipes and meet the authors at their free event at Ink@84 Books this Sunday? Ink@84 in Islington is not only a great bookshop but also, a lovely venue space which serves Nude coffee and after midday, Sacred gin as well as a range of local beers. The Little Book of Brunch event, where you can sample some of the dishes and chat with the authors, will kick off at 11.30. See you there!