Pollen Street Social is a cookbook written by Jason Atherton based on the recipes from his London restaurant of the same name.
The word ‘social’ had a lot of meaning for me a Northern lad. A ‘social’ means a local meeting point – for drinks, for happy times. A ‘social’ is where people’s grandfathers play snooker and locals play darts, a place where people and communities come together.– Jason Atherton
His flagship restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star and Rosettes.
These are show stopping recipes ideal for date nights, birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions.
The cook book is full of stunning black and white, and colour photography. The pages have tons of white space and minimal modern design.
There are mini essays by experts like Yun Hider, Mountain Foods, Heritage Breeds, Keltic Seafood, Wye Valley Asparagus, John Godden, Flying Fish, Dan Austin, Lake District Farmers, Johnny Rutherford, La Fromagerie and more.
The dishes look difficult to make at home, but the instructions are comprehensive. This is food to impress or try a new cooking technique. The majority of the recipes serve four people.
“My ethos is to do better tomorrow than I did today. If you can do that every day you can’t help but succeed”– Jason Atherton
The book is divided into the following sections: introduction, canapés, starters, shellfish, fish, meat and game, poultry and game birds, sweets and petit fours. There is also a recipe index and an appendix.
Be tempted by recipes like Cumbrian suckling pig, braised broccoli, braised west county ox cheek, gam pithivier, banana souffle and blackcurrant Eton mess. I’d love to try the 40 day dry-aged Lake District beef fillet with aubergines and miso puree, confit garlic and Dorset snails.
Imprint: Absolute Press
About Jason Atherton
Jason Atherton started out working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Holdings in 2001 and launching ‘Maze’, first in London and then another five globally.
Jason left Gordon Ramsay Holdings in 2010 to launch his own restaurant company, Jason Atherton Ltd. His flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’ opened in April 2011 in Mayfair and was awarded a Michelin star within just six months of opening, alongside 5 AA Rosettes and no.3 in The Good Food Guide’s best UK restaurants.
Since then, Jason’s ‘The Social Company’ has grown into a globally renowned restaurant group, with a portfolio of restaurants which include the Michelin-starred Social Eating House and City Social, as well as Hai Cenato, Social Wine and Tapas and Berners Tavern – named ‘the defining restaurant of the decade’,
Alongside his London restaurants, Jason has also opened critically-acclaimed restaurants in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai, Doha, St Moritz and his Michelin-starred restaurant, The Clocktower, in New York.
Jason has written four cookbooks, appeared on several TV programmes, and is a brand ambassador for a number of brands including BMW, Moët & Chandon and Audemars Piguet Savoir Faire.
Jason and his wife Irha support numerous charities, including Hospitality Action, the MSY Charitable Foundation and the David Nichols Spinal Injury Foundation.