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Book review: 'Brunch the Sunday Way' by Alan Turner and Terence Williamson

11 June 2020 by
Book review: 'Brunch the Sunday Way' by Alan Turner and Terence Williamson

Being largely restricted to home, many of us are certainly getting used to some mid-morning snacking. And though when hospitality returns the breakfast buffet will be some way off, there is a case for brushing up on your brunch offer. With fewer covers, an extended service is inevitable, so breakfast may well overlap with lunch to maximise revenue opportunities.

Brunch the Sunday Way might just provide some inspiration to fill in those menu gaps. Written by Alan Turner and Terence Williamson, whose Islington café Sunday has a reputation for some of the best mid-morning meals in the capital, the book compiles some of the classics that made their site such a hit. The pair describe the restaurant, which opened in 2013, as "part of the early wave of ‘proper' brunch destinations in London, who took it seriously as a legitimate meal" and it's clear they've taken great care to consider everything from coffee to compote.

The book is split into chapters covering eggs, toast, waffles and pancakes, Sunday specialities, baking and jams and covers all the classics, often giving them a slight twist. As you would expect from a book about brunch, recipes are relatively straightforward, but they're no less useful for that. The section on eggs includes crab baked eggs, which sound particularly tempting, served as they are with cornbread, which the authors point out "brings together the classic combination of corn and crab".

Sunday specialities includes dishes served at the original site and provide inspiration for more extravagant options, such as salmon kedgeree with beetroot slaw (opposite) and coconut, red lentil and black-eyed bean curry.

This is straightforward recipe book, with a light introduction and little context included with the dish descriptions, save for the section on jams, which features some additional preparation tips. But if you're after some summery dishes that lean towards the lighter side then Brunch the Sunday Way will be worth flicking through over a coffee and crumpet.

Brunch the Sunday Way by Alan Turner and Terence Williamson (Frances Lincoln Publishers, £14.99)

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