AUTUMN SPOON NEWSLETTER- from Russia, Australia and West London (with love)

As we wave goodbye to a gloriously busy summer, Spoon HQ salutes September and prepares for an even busier, and even flashier autumn with the opening of two hotly anticipated restaurants, a new library of cookbooks and an entire catalogue of author events spanning from Abergavenny to South Kensington.

And finally, on October 12th, our very own Sarah Canet will be taking to the stage at this year’s Restaurant Show to lead a discussion on Social Media called “How Noisy are you?”

As always, check out our regularly updated Spoon HQ blog for client news and other foodie happenings and observations.

Here`s an update from the Spoon HQ team….


From Russia with love…..MARI VANNA to open in Knightsbridge this Autumn

Situated in Knightsbridge, Russian restaurant and bar, Mari Vanna is set to open its doors in October 2011. The London restaurant will be the fourth outpost of the Mari Vanna group, joining sister restaurants in New York, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Young and original Executive Chef Alexander Belkovich’s menu will offer time honoured traditional Russian dishes, recognisable as “babushka cooking” but each with a twist to make it lighter and more contemporary.

BILL GRANGER makes his stamp on England with a newspaper column, a London restaurant and a new book

London-based Australian restaurateur and newly appointed Independent on Sunday columnist Bill Granger is due to open his first UK restaurant in London’s Westbourne Grove this autumn. Bill’s Notting Hill eatery will be small, light and buzzy, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. As with his restaurants in Sydney and Japan, there will be a relaxed approach to eating.

Bill is writing a weekly column for The Independent whilst Skye Gyngell is on sabbatical. To read Bill’s first piece for the paper go HERE.

Following on from the success of his appearance with Henry Dimbleby at last year’s show, Bill will be appearing at Abergavenny Food Festival on Sunday 18th at the Angel Ballroom. Though the event is already sold-out, people can sign up for the waiting list HERE. Bill will be treating the audience to examples of a cuisine that has always been close to his heart, with recipes from his new book, Bill’s Everyday Asian. Served simply and cheaply with punchy, vibrant flavours Bill will prove that Asian cooking can be everyday and easy.

As part of the London Restaurant Festival, Bill will be presenting Eat Drink Man Woman at the EAT FILM series at the Soho Hotel, followed by a menu inspired by the film and Bill’s new book.

Bill Granger. Bill’s Everyday Asian. Quadrille. September 2011. RRP Hardback £20

BRAIN FOOD at JOE’S, South Kensington

From mid October, fashion retailer JOSEPH’S new restaurant JOE’S will be hosting weekly hour-long author talks and book signings from the world of fashion, food, literature and more. Authors in the pipeline so far include BBC Newsreader Joanna Gosling, Australia’s Donna Hay and Martha Swift and Lisa Thomas from The Primrose Bakery.

Ticketing price is £5 and includes freshly baked madeleines, Monmouth coffee and JOE’S own special JOSEPH Rare Tea blend.

We will be posting events to our blog.

JOE’S. 126 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, London, SW3 3AH



Flavour is the new black: Laura Santtini’s bite-sized FLASH philosophy for living a healthful life.

After a whirlwind 2010 in which Laura Santtini saw her ground breaking scratch cooking product Taste #5 Umami Paste make global headlines and written work Easy Tasty Italian, win the Guild of Food Writers Best First Cookbook, Laura returns this October with an effortlessly cool ‘jeans and white t-shirt’ cookbook Flash Cooking: Fit Fast Flavours for Busy People.

In this useful flavour-packed cookbook and healthy-lifestyle manual, Laura gives advice on how to improve energy levels and achieve healthful weight loss and weight maintenance through an everyday collection of fit, fast FLASH recipes and FLASH tips for eating out, food shopping and exercise.

Laura’s easy-to-prepare and nutritious meals can stand-alone or be souped-up with a capsule-wardrobe full of simple high-impact flavour accessories to adorn the plate and tempt the tongue. Ideas for innovative and healthy rubinades, props, pastes, dressings, finishing salts and yoghurts arm readers with the confidence to pair unusual, new flavourings with usual basic main ingredients.

We have news of 2 exciting events that Laura is working on this autumn- a FLASH event with Slow Food London and an EAT FILM event at the London Restaurant Festival, where Laura will be presenting one of her favourite gourmet films, Waitress, with a specially themed menu. ( We will keep you posted on these events closer to the time on the blog.

Laura Santtini. Flash Cooking: Fit Fast Flavours for Busy People. Quadrille. October 2011. RRP Hardback £20

MODERNIST CUISINE by Nathan Myhrvold

During the fortnight of the London Restaurant Festival, Nathan Myhrvold is returning to London when, amongst other things, he will be taking to the main stage at the Restaurant Show to give a presentation- 3 Modernist Techniques Every Professional Chef Must Know. (Monday 10 October at 2pm)

With co-author chef Maxime Bilet, Nathan will be giving a very quick overview of the Modernist Cuisine book project, how it evolved and why the team decided to create it.  Detailed step by step videos and spreads from the book will be used to show modernist techniques that Nathan believes every professional chef should know and can effectively implement.

Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, Maxime Bilet. Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. 6 Volumes in a slipcase. RRP £395.00


In between rustling up new dishes for JOE’S, Maria Elia has been working on her second cookbook, Full of Flavour. Following her first book, The Modern Vegetarian, Maria builds on the concept of waking up the palate with unusual flavour combinations. In this book she helps ‘Flavour Hunters’ to create and think like a chef with her exciting collection of international recipes influenced by the Mediterranean, Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Maria Elia. Full of Flavour. Kyle Books. September 2011. RRP Hardback £19.99


Since visiting the UK in February on a packed out Saraban book tour across the capital, master of modern Middle Eastern cooking Greg Malouf and former wife, award winning food and travel writer Lucy Malouf have been working on a compilation of their favourite Middle Eastern recipes- New Middle Eastern Cooking. Inspired by the foods discovered along their travels through Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iran, Greg and Lucy present subtle, elegant and alluring recipes with contemporary flair.

Greg and Lucy Malouf. Malouf. New Middle Eastern Cooking. Hardie Grant Books. October 2011. RRP Hardback £30

AUDREY GORDON’S TUSCAN SUMMERRecipes & Recollections from the Heart of Italy – by Audrey Gordon is not your regular cookbook, whilst Aubrey Gordon is no ordinary chef.

Recently published by Hardie Grant Books, this is a tongue in cheek cookbook with recipes which work, dubious memories and stunning (well, that’s questionable) photography of the Italian countryside. Voted “three times Britain’s sternest chef” or so she claims, Audrey’s rambling tales of travelling through the heart of Italy, complaints about her husband, dinner etiquette and snippets of wisdom are thoroughly entertaining. Her satire is infectious.

Audrey Gordon. Audrey Gordon’s Tuscan Summer. Hardie Grant Books. March 2011. RRP Paperback £14.99


This September, chocolate lover and connoisseur Trish Deseine will deliver her celebrated range of essential chefs’ chocolates- Chocolate by Trish– to Lakeland stores nationwide. Trish’s rewarding and unashamedly gorgeous dark, milk and white cook’s chocolates will also be available via their website and mail order service.

Chocolate by Trish. Prices start from £3.49


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