Book review: 'How To Eat In' by Trinity's chef-patron, Adam Byatt

The award-winning Trinity in Clapham is a toptable favourite, with a consistently high overall rating and a huge following of local foodies. Chef and owner, Adam Byatt, is well known for his love of simple, seasonal flavours and beautiful plates of food. His new book, ‘How To Eat In’, brings that same passion into the home kitchen with over 100 recipes that are worth staying in for.

Written with home cooks and their families in mind, the recipes range from simple after-work dishes to restaurant standard dishes guaranteed to impress at dinner parties and birthday suppers. Byatt shares his enthusiasm for carefully sourced seasonal and organic ingredients and includes a useful food calendar and list of trusted suppliers, including the excellent Sipsmith and La Fromagerie.

The recipes themselves are remarkably easy to follow and we loved the handy ‘staples’ section. This includes simple but delicious dressings, stocks, mayonnaise and homemade ketchup and brown sauce – the perfect accompaniment to his ‘posh ham, egg and chips’. The photos are glorious, each dish looking utterly edible in full colour.

The family favourites are all there – fish pie; Lancashire hot pot; pork belly; hearty soups; and a whole chapter devoted to the pleasure of picnics and barbeques. Adventurous cooks can add game, venison Wellington and trotters to their repertoire, or impress guests with a chicken liver and foie gras parfait. For dessert, childhood favourites like English cherry pavlova and Knickerbocker Glory, or the more grown-up cappuccino crème brulee and summer berry gazpacho.

While some restaurant cookbooks are more for dribbling over than cooking from, this is a book you can really use. There's a dish for every day and every season. The food looks great and, more importantly, accessible. Everything is tasty. Nothing is impossible.

You can order the book from Amazon today and book a table at Trinity while you’re waiting for it to arrive. You won’t be disappointed!