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Supper Club: Recipes and notes from the underground restaurant [Hardcover]

Kerstin Rodgers
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Book Description

31 Mar 2011

‘Outrageously Good’ – Kate Nash

This is the innovative, fun and utterly delicious cookbook from London’s premier supperclub.

For a fixed price and a bottle of wine, people all over the world are sitting down in the homes of strangers to enjoy a lovingly prepared, restaurant-quality dinner. From New York to London to Cuba, these supper clubs and pop-up restaurants offer an alternative experience for those looking for a new, fun and exciting dining experience. You won’t find these restaurants in any city guide – they are strictly for those in-the-know, if you’re lucky enough to get a much coveted reservation.

Supper Club is homage to the secret restaurant phenomenon. In this wildly creative and wonderfully eccentric cookbook by Kerstin Rodgers, owner of London’s famous Underground Restaurant, you’ll find Kerstin’s inventive and delicious recipes and themed menus, peppered with her helpful hints, tips and wild experiences. You’ll also be treated to Kerstin’s down-to-earth advice on how to run your own home restaurant, and a directory of other supper clubs of note around the world (just don’t tell anyone). In few other cookbooks will you find recipes such as elderflower fritters alongside home favourites such as Macaroni and cheese.

Supper Club will appeal to home chefs and budding underground restaurateurs alike, and is a must-have for anyone who wants to experience the cutting edge of eating in.

Recipes Include:
Yuzu ceviche
Tinda Masala
Thai corn fritters with dipping sauce
Chav’s White chocolate trifle with Malibu
Savoury yoghurt granita with caramelised pine nuts, preserved lemons and torn basil
Pork Belly with sage and fennel stuffing
Kissing Chutney
Thai Green Spinach soup
Eggplant parmesan or melanzana alla parmigiana
Salt Baked fish
Pear, walnut and gorgonzola salad
Bloody Marmitey
Tomatillo salsa with chilli en adobe
Duck breast with rhubarb compote
Crack Cocaine Padron Peppers
Focaccia bread ‘shots’
Bergamot posset with crystallised thyme with lavender shortbread

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007382995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007382996
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 19 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I trained as a photographer, starting as a teenage rock photographer for the NME. I was always passionate about food, spending most of my income on it. I gradually found myself cooking professionally for various cafés and at festivals. In January 2009, a few months after starting this food blog, I launched one of the first UK supperclubs 'The Underground Restaurant' which was an immediate success.
My blog has been a place to chronicle my triumphs, struggles, lessons, setbacks and progress with my living room restaurant as well as a few recipes! I've been at the forefront of the underground food movement, encouraging and giving advice to others along with the group that I started Find a supper club, become a fan: a place to promote supperclub events. (
I've also started The Underground Farmers and Craft market at my house, where would-be food entrepeneurs and home cooks can sell their produce and other supperclub hosts can demonstrate their cooking.
I'm a mother of a 17 year old girl known as The Teen. I often write about her on this blog:
Yes I do really like Marmite and eat it everyday.
I'm available for writing and photographing commissions: get in touch at

Here is my photography site:

Harper Collins have just published my first book: Supper Club: recipes and notes from The Underground Restaurant. I think it's quite different from most cookbooks. It's got a story too. People read it in one sitting. All the recipes work. I know, I tested them all. I'm not on TV yet. Maybe I will be one day.


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‘This could be the book that makes me throw Nigella’s How to Eat out of my desert island haversack…a pure joy to read as well as being a thing of beauty’ – Marie-Claire Digby, The Irish Times

‘Here’s that rare and beautiful thing, a cookery book that you might conceivably want to read…enormously enjoyable, full of joy and life and passion for food and the sort of can-do attitude that makes you wonder whether you could do something like this yourself’ – The Daily Mail

‘Supper Club is oozing with Rodgers’ dishes, advice on setting up your own nights and tales of running the Underground Restaurant at her home in north-west London’ – Metro

“One of the prime movers behind the rise of the British supper club (a restaurant held in the cook’s own home), Kerstin Rodgers has an instinctive knack for making food that people really want to eat.” – Tesco Real Food

‘Supper Club by Kerstin Rodgers sheds light onto the world of underground restaurants and includes recipes from her dining clubs’ – Food & Travel

‘Author and owner of London’s famous Underground Restaurant, Kerstin Rodgers is well-known in the capital for her extraordinary dining events and creative food. Now you can recreate it for yourself with Kerstin’s down-to-earth advice and show-stopping recipes’ – Flavour

‘(Kerstin Rodgers’) book includes recipes, tips on how to run your own supper club, plus details of supper clubs around the world’ – Eat In

‘Kerstin’s recipes are an eclectic mix, taking in the homely…the quirky…and the exotic’ – Fork

About the Author

Kerstin started cooking professionally five years ago for anarchist cafés, music festivals and anti-G8 camps. In 2008 she hosted her first night at her home calling it The Underground Restaurant which is now a thriving business and cult-affair.

She is well known in the foodie world both above and below the line. As her alter-ego, MsMarmitelover she has featured in the national press and media and writes two blogs.

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Customer Reviews

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book, stunning recipes 5 April 2011
This book is unique - not only is it incredibly beautiful, full of Kerstin Rodgers' whimsical style (think French vintage with an edgy, slightly subversive twist), it is also eclectic in terms of recipes. This is because it is based upon The Underground Restaurant - the author's supperclub which is never allowed to rest on its laurels, but is constantly coming up with interesting themes. The book includes some of these, including a Midnight Feast of black food (Black Russians, Squid-ink Tortelloni, Marmite Chocolate Cupcakes) and Elvis Night (Deep-Fried Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches, Blackened Catfish) and the ridiculously pretty Flower Menu (Stuffed Courgette Flowers, Marigold Bread, Elderflower Fritters, ice cream served in a Flower Ice Bowl). Other interesting ideas include making butterscotch schnapps with Daim bars, vodka and your dishwasher, flavouring popcorn with butter, chilli and lime as well as taking lots of things back to first principles - candying citrus peel, for example.

This is a lovely cookery book, full of things I personally would like to try, but it's also an excellent read, offering as it does a glimpse into what is clearly a fascinating life.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! 1 April 2011
Having visited Kerstin's amazing supperclub last year, I was so excited to hear that she had a book coming out. The book arrived a few days ago and it is gorgeous! The design is beautiful and even has a lovely ribbon. But the best thing about the book (other than the delicious recipes, of which there are many) is Kerstin's writing, which is friendly and funny. It's a cookery book but it's also a glimpse into what it takes to run a restaurant from your own home, complete with a how-to list and a directory. This is the perfect book for the aspiring supper club chef (and for the rest of us who want to make something a bit special at home).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both beautiful and useful 4 May 2011
This book is simply lovely. Great recipes anyone can make, witty, clever writing, and loads of tips for would be Supperclubs. Have already made the Popcorn, Pork, French Onion Soup and the Salted Caramel sauce, completly delish!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars such a gorgeous book! 20 April 2011
after visiting kirstin's restaurant for the first time aaaages ago, i was very excited to learn of her cookbook coming out. and i can tell you i am completely thrilled with it. filled with gorgeous photographs of the food and her beautiful home and evenings at her supper club, and cute illustrations throughout and also fascinating stories, it is like being at one of her amazing dinner events. so beautifully designed too, it would make an amazing present for anybody (including a gift to oneself!) It is a magical book with many delicious recipes to try. i look forward to visiting the underground restaurant again very very soon after reading this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book 17 April 2011
Nowadays too many cookery books are cheap tie ins with TV series, cookie cutter products that are a dispiriting read. Kerstin here has produced the antithesis, A book where her joy of cooking and life shines from every page. Of all the cookery books I have read in the last year I'm sure that this one is the one which will still be in my kitchen in five years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the underground supper club kerstin rodgers 13 April 2011
By sarnie
from the moment I opened the packaging I was pleasantly surprised by how pretty this book is. It is an interesting and informative read with some lovely recipes. The only downside if you are not a veggie is the lack of meat recipes, but I would recommend this book and it makes a great gift.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring exciting cookbook 5 April 2011
I have never had the pleasure of visiting msmarmitelover's supper club however after reading this book I am so jealous of those who have. It is written in a warm enthusiastic tone with some truly imaginative recipes to try. I am looking forward to planning a flower themed dinner party of my own but not sure if I will dare to invite strangers round! If you want recipes to inspire and whet your imagination then this is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful colourful book. 5 April 2011
By Lynn
This book is colourful in every way, with some personal history about Kerstin, how she became interested in Food and Cooking. Some little anecdotes about her events. There is a full section on How to Start your own Supperclub. Which is a must read for all those wanting to set up their own Supperclub

Each chapter has different colourful pages with pictures and drawings. Adventurous Recipes with accompanying notes and pictures to whet the appetite along with a World Wide Supperclub Directory, essential for all those interested in visiting a supperclub in their area.

This is a lovely book, clearly showing the passion Kerstin has for her food, her Underground Restaurant and all other supperclub.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many recipes, scant information about setting up a club.
I was disappointed in this book as I had expected more detailed information about setting up and running a supper club and perhaps some example menus. Read more
Published 8 months ago by L. Turnbull
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Designed
This book is a real treat to read. The whole volume is beautifully designed, although to my tastes there's a far higher proportion of vegetarian recipes than you would usually find... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nikki Manc
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Cookbook I have read
I have a great many cookbooks, and love them ,this book exceeded all expectations, beautiful recipes graphics and photos outstanding and beautifully written recommend it
Published 17 months ago by Beata Truchan
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice coffee table book
I bought this book to use as a guide for starting my own supper club. There is lots of useful information and it is very well written and very pretty! Read more
Published 19 months ago by pitanga
5.0 out of 5 stars My Bible
The book gave me valuable information on setting up a 'Supper Club'----It also has good recipes in it. Well done Kerstin
Published 19 months ago by Julia Dawn Austen
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Firstly, this has nothing to do with eating on the subway but you are partially right if you think of something being hidden from street view. Read more
Published 19 months ago by I. Darren
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written and great recipes from a talented writer and cook.
Kerstin understands food. The recipes are for dishes that people want to eat plus they have a really original slant. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by clarehanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Will appeal to all pop up restaurants & secret dinner hosts its...
Kirstin Rodgers aka MsMarmiteLover is the figurehead of the supper club movement in London. Her Underground Restaurant was the first supper club we went to and we loved it. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by Danny Marbella
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
This book is the answer to my prayers - seriously! I had to drop out of catering college recently due to my age making me a total misfit, and my family commitments making it a... Read more
Published on 20 Dec 2011 by E. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars For aspirational amateurs who'd like to cook for strangers
The original handbook for the Underground Supper Club meme. Some tips, some stories, some recipes to give you a feel of what goes on at a secret dining event and how do it... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by A Francophile
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