‘To us the fact our cooking is vegetarian is incidental. We just like to eat good food. We love to reinvent classic dishes, create new flavours combinations, source unusual ingredients and occasional we use is microwave because , well why not’
Fifteen months ago Ruth (a meat eater) requested to visit London vegetarian restaurant Vanilla Black. This was around my birthday, and on a cold January night whilst staying in London we did.
That in itself is the appeal of Vanilla Black, non vegetarians love eating there too.
In fact we visited again last year, my blog was only a couple of months old. We went on this occasion for lunch, on a Friday and the restaurant was packed.
I can safely say that Vanilla Black is one of the reasons I began my blog.
It’s elegant and beautiful vegetarian dishes captured us on that Cold January night, warming the cockles of our heart, and inspired me to pursue setting up my crazy veggie blog, and to begin the journey of trying to change and influence the veggie dining scene to be as interesting and thoughtful as this small experimental kitchen demonstrated it could be.
My review from last year is here:
So when I received a complimentary advanced copy from Andrew Dargue (head chef) and publishers Saltyard books i was thrilled. Thank you.
Vanilla Black has a mission ‘to reinvent expectations About what it means to eat vegetarian food. It’s all about the flavour, the first bite that intrigues, the surprising, the unusual’.
The recipes in the cookbook are intriguing and look delicious.
They can be made by home cooks, and adapted for the home kitchen. They follow some of the advanced textures and flavours of the restaurant food, smashing stereotypes, the intriguing and delicious. Something simple, something technical, to cook their food is to have fun.
So dishes such as Jerusalem Artichoke, white wine and thyme pie, Savoy cabbage pudding, to broad bean and lemon cheesecake and parsnip cake with Horlicks frosting and a reinvention of tomatoes on toast, make intriguing inspired recipes.
The book is beautifully photographed and their should be something for everyone in the book.
The point in many ways is that Vanilla Black is not just for vegetarians, and neither is its cookbook.
Andrew is a talented chef that is keen to expand the horizons of vegetarian cooking and bring it to the modern palette.
Unusual combinations which challenge the norm.
When you’ve tried the cookbook, try the restaurant and savour The Ribblesdale cheese Pudding if it’s on offer.
So finally apologies from Andrew and his partner Donna (who runs front of house) there will be no pasta bake or veg curry, only beautifully presented food and now a beautifully presented and enticing cookbook.
Give it a try.
Just for National Vegetarian Week.
Vanilla Black is in London in Tooks Court.
Thanks for reading.
Disclosure: Though I received an advanced copy of the Vanilla Black cookbook I wasn’t asked to write a positive review or put any post on my blog. I’ve done so as its a good cook book and its National Vegetarian Week.