Thursday, 31 March 2011

B day: Supper Club: recipes and notes from The Underground Restaurant


It's out!
My book, Supper Club: recipes and notes from The Underground Restaurant, two years in the making, is published today by Harper Collins. Within it's beautifully designed pages (I love the smell of new books don't you?) you will find:

  • a brief history of supper clubs/underground restaurants
  • a chapter on MsMarmitelover (my background, family, childhood, politics and approach to food). It's probably the only cookbook that contains the word 'anal'
  • a 12 step 'how to set up your own supper club' programme
  • 120 tested recipes from me, divided into cocktails and nibbles; starters/small plates; vegetarian mains, fish mains, cheese chapter and dessert. All recipes work for Aga ovens and normal ovens
  • three themed menus; Elvis night, Midnight Feast Black menu and the edible flower menu
  • a chapter of meat recipes by other supper club hosts including Nuno Mendes of Viajante, Lex Eats, The Shed, Plum Kitchen from New Zealand, Once Upon a Table's Angie Ma from Hong Kong, Sheen Suppers, Mama Lan's chinese supper club, Ben Greeno, Rambling Restaurant, and Casa Saltshaker from Argentina
  • guest recipes from Hardeep Singh Kholi
  •  a worldwide directory of supper clubs with notes on the ones I have visited
  • a bibliography
  • the longest list of acknowledgements and thanks in the history of mankind
  • it's got a pink ribbon for a book mark! I really wanted a ribbon, and gold on the cover and in the binding. My mum, an artist, who has contributed some drawings to the book, always says her paintings sell more if there is a bit of gold.
You will discover the inside story of how I started a restaurant in my front room with the hidden motive that I might find a boyfriend, went up three dress sizes, remained single but got a book deal instead! 
Bon appetit!

Photo of MsMarmite with the book and a plate of marmite on toast: Paul Winch Furness

23 comments:

  1. Congratulations Kerstin -hope the book is as successful as your supper club!

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  2. Yay! Well done Kerstin! Can't wait to get my copy. It will become a handbook for many more supper clubs beginners!xxx

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  3. I just received the book - it's really stunning - congratulations! x

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  4. Congratulations! I'm waiting for my copy to plop, warm and fresh, through my letter-box. Can't wait to read it x

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  5. Congratulations! I'm off for a walk now going to see if I can find it in my local bookshop!

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  6. green drawers31 March 2011 10:43

    well done you! Will be ordering our copy pronto. Fabulous photo of you btw - tres glamorous!

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  7. well done you! you should be so proud of yourself, you are the originator and it's bloody brilliant!... something for us all to aspire to. I'm off to Waterstones at lunchtime x

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  8. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy - and I'm going to give one to someone here in Dubai who keeps threatening to start a supper club. It sounds like a gorgeous tome.

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  9. I'm waiting for my copy to drop through the letter box. Can't wait.

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  10. Fantastic- well done you! Have put it on my birthday list, so anticipate getting a copy in around 6 weeks! xx

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  11. Congratulations! You and your blog(s) are an inspiration, and Sally (above!) is all to keen to remind me that I said I'd start one in Dubai... ;-)

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  12. My copy is on it's way to me in Spain,as we speak. Can't wait. Well done, you're inspirational.

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  13. amazing! can't wait for my copy to arrive. congrats to you for all your hard work both on the book and in general for supper clubs, and staying true to yourself the whole way! x

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  14. Wicked news! I've told my boyfriend he has to get me a copy for my birthday this month! Can't wait to read it! xxx

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  15. Thrilled to bits for you,what a great achievement:) Cant wait to get my mitts on a copy, exciting!

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  16. Have ordered mine and it has been dispatched. Really looking forward to reading your wise words! xx

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  17. Thanks so much everybody and I really hope you guys enjoy the book
    x

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  18. Congratulations Kirsten. I am so pleased that it has been so well received. It looks and sounds lovely. Look forward to getting a copy soon.

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  19. Massive congratulations! You must be very proud of all your hard work. The cover looks gorgeous.

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  20. Off to order mine now... so excited!

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  21. I received your book today and have not got a bit of work done, It's amazing and beautiful.thank you xxxxxxxx

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  22. I read the book from cover to cover in one night, couldn't put it down is easily the most inspiring cookbook I have read in years. Absolutely love it, well done x

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  23. Claire Hughes14 April 2011 12:14

    I read the book from cover to cover in one night, couldn't put it down. Loved your story as well as the recipes, the most inspiring cookbook I have read in years. A big thumbs-up from me! x

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