Canteen: A recipe for fine design

At Design Week, we really like pie. So we were pleased – and wildly salivating – to hear about London restaurant Canteen’s first cookbook, which promises to train us in the art of whipping up traditional British grub.

Images from Great British Food

But thoughts of pastry aside, this well-tailored book echoes Canteen’s strong design concept. Since its conception in 2005, Canteen has worked with Windmill Furniture, Universal Design Studio, graphic design group Hudson-Powell and design retailer Twenty Twenty One to create a stylish utilitarian aesthetic. Co-founder Patrick Clayton-Malone even set up his own product design studio Very Good & Proper after the success of Canteen’s bespoke tables and chairs.

Great British Food from Canteen
Great British Food from Canteen

For the book, Hudson-Powell has evoked ration card chic with a brown paper cover and uncluttered editorial design. Photography from Angela Moore, which fluctuates from M&S-style food porn to woodland taxidermy tableaux, provides more than enough to look at while waiting for a tasty cake to rise.

Soup from Great British Food
Soup from Great British Food

Only one minor criticism: with all the dribbling this book is going to inspire, they really should have made the pages wipe-clean.

Images from Great British Food
Images from Great British Food

Great British Food by Cass Titcombe, Patrick Clayton-Malone and Dominic Lake is available from Ebury, £16.99, from 4 March.

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