Seeing in the New Year with an All-Time Food Hero: Jamie Oliver!

Well hello New York, are we recovered yet? While still feeling a little ropey our end, we were all out of bed and at work yesterday morning to loyally serve our customers the only real cure for the New Year blues: great British comfort food! We’re open tonight, as every night, until 10.30pm, so if you’re feeling the need for something to clear the cobwebs and warm the soul, nothing does the job quite like Shepherd’s Pie and Apple Crumble.

Shepherd's Pie: the best cure for the New Year's blues. Eat in, or order out; our fleet of British delivery boys are waiting to take your call on 212-989-9735!

While on the topic of Britain’s superb culinary record (our favorite topic), we’d like to share our best Christmas present with you. Jamie Oliver has had a more profound effect on the British dinner table than any other person in living memory. Best known this side of the pond for Jamie’s Food Revolution, he has had twenty cookery shows on British television, and fifteen cookery books, at least one of which will be present on the vast majority of British bookshelves.

A fresh-faced Jamie, at the very beginning of his prolific career. My, how he's grown!

We were ecstatic to pull a copy of Jamie’s Great Britain from our stocking this Christmas. As a celebration of modern British cookery, it is unrivalled, providing stunning renditions of all the classics, as well as paying due homage to immigrant influences which have dramatically broadened our culinary culture over the years (Keep Korma and Curry On!).

The recipes, artwork and food photography are all top-notch and we highly recommend it!

Guiness Lamb Shanks with Mashed Potato and Mint Salad. Heavenly!

First rate artwork, celebrating British food and colloquialisms in equal measures. How many do you recognise?

To whet your appetite, here’s a clip from the accompanying TV show of Jamie visiting a traditional British pub in Wakefield. Deep in Yorkshire, he shares a pint of ale with the locals and discusses the county’s most famous culinary export: Yorkshire pudding.

Beg, borrow, or steal to get your hands on this book. British cuisine is perfect to get you through the winter months. And if you don’t want to make it yourself, our doors are always open (well, until 10.30pm), and we’re more than happy to bring the food to you!

Here’s to a Happy New Year!