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.
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.
Only one minor criticism: with all the dribbling this book is going to inspire, they really should have made the pages wipe-clean.
Great British Food by Cass Titcombe, Patrick Clayton-Malone and Dominic Lake is available from Ebury, £16.99, from 4 March.