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5.0 out of 5 stars Will appeal to all pop up restaurants & secret dinner hosts its fantastic..., 28 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Supper Club: Recipes and notes from the underground restaurant (Hardcover)
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. It even contributed in a way to me making Secret Dinner Party, so I was pretty excited to hear about her book. When it arrived, the first thing that stuck me was the high quality production values of the paper and cover. There's a kind of homemade, French, shabby chic feel to the book which actually reminded me of her beautiful house in Kilburn. The colours and illustrations really work with the style of the writing and it's a book that I'm proud to show off to friends and it always has them instantly intrigued.

The content of the book is excellent. The first 75 pages are devoted to the history of the pop up restaurant and, my favourite subject, tips for hosts. Although the tips are for pop up restaurant hosts, they also apply to hosts of secret dinner parties, for example, plan your meal around your oven/cooker/fridge capacity. The only difference really is that pop up restaurants are generally for larger numbers of people (12-35) whereas secret dinner parties are more likely to be for 4-8 guests (the most we've had is 10, but we do have a large dining table).

The next 200 pages are recipes taken from Kirstin's supper clubbing experience and a few recipes from other pop up restaurants. One of the contributors are friends of Secret Dinner Party, Rambling Restaurant with their pork belly and black pudding, thyme and honey parsnips and cider gravy (you can see what Abi thought of one of our dinner parties by reading her review on [...]). MsMarmiteLover's recipes are varied and interesting, with plenty of vegetarian options and even cocktails. The thing I like the most are the imaginative themed menus towards the end of the book, like the Black Menu, where all the food is black (who knew you could buy black carrots from Fortnum & Mason's?), or the Flower Menu, which all the food is made from different types of flowers (like marigold bread and courgette flowers stuffed with goats cheese) and the Elvis Menu, made from all his favourite fried food.

The last few pages is a list of supper clubs ordered by city. The list is on her excellently maintained Supper Club Fan Group social network, which she runs with Lynn Hill from Leeds' Secret Tea Room. It's become a go-to resource for everything to do with supper clubs, and if you're at all interested in the scene then I recommend you sign up and say something about yourself. And don't forget to sign up to [....] if you haven't already.
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