Brick Lane Cookbook
by Dina Begum
Photography by Peter Watson, Illustrations by Want Some Studio
Brick Lane is famous for many things: for being home to the biggest Bangladeshi community in the UK, for its curry houses and Bengali sweet shops, for its graffiti, its long-running market and its beigel shops. Now, its also increasingly well known for its thriving art and fashion scene and the incredible street food available there. Dina Begum was born in Bangladesh and has lived in East London since she was four: she has been visiting Brick Lane since childhood and has been witness to the many changes in the area. In her first book, she celebrates the diverse food cultures of Brick Lane: from the homestyle curries she grew up eating to her luscious and indulgent bakes inspired by the many cafes, from Chinese-style burgers to classic Buffalo wings, from smoothie bowls to raw coffee brownies. With contributions from street food traders and restaurants including Gram Bangla Beigel Bake, Blanchette, Chez Elles, St Sugar of London, Cafe 1001 and Moo Cantina, the Brick Lane Cookbook captures London at its multifaceted, chaotic, crazy best.
Author Dina Begum writes the food blog Syrup & Glaze, and has written for The Telegraph and Metro. She also sells her delicious, Asian-fusion jams and chutneys at markets around London.
Brick Lane Cookbook is the third of our London Markets series, following on from Recipes from Brixton Village and The Greenwich Market Cookbook. Get acquainted with London’s wonderful and varied markets today!