ES DINING SPECIAL: From Jeremy Lee’s book to snail racing and Claude Bosi’s restaurant, here are the foodie launches to look forward to in 2022

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Jeremy Lee’s debut solo cookbook  (Fourth Estate )
Jeremy Lee’s debut solo cookbook (Fourth Estate )

THE BOOK

Finally, one of London’s most beloved cooks has agreed to divulge his secrets. On 1 September, long-time Quo Vadis chef Jeremy Lee’s beautifully illustrated debut cookbook, Cooking: Simply and Well, for One or Many — a celebration of his fascination with the finest British produce with touches of childhood favourites growing up in Dundee — will hit the shelves. We can’t wait to splatter each page and bathe in his decadent pies for all of eternity.

£30 , published by Fourth Estate

Cooking: Simply and Well, for One or Many by Jeremy Lee (Fourth Estate)
Cooking: Simply and Well, for One or Many by Jeremy Lee (Fourth Estate)

THE RESTAURANT

This autumn, Bibendum chef Claude Bosi and Jamavar and Bombay Bustle restaurateur Samyukta Nair will fling open the doors of Socca in Mayfair. The Mediterranean bistro will offer hearty ‘home cooking’ and interiors inspired by Francine Weisweiller’s Jean Cocteau-clad Villa Santo Sospir on the Côte d’Azur. Tres bien.

41 South Audley Street, W1; soccabistro.com

Claude Bosi and Samyukta Nair (Ming Tang-Evans)
Claude Bosi and Samyukta Nair (Ming Tang-Evans)

THE EVENT

Bastille Day is around the corner and according to François O’Neill, founder of Maison François, the only way to celebrate is with a snail festival. On 14 July the restaurant is set to team up with neighbouring pub the Chequers Tavern for a Fête de l’Escargot, where there will be heaps of buttery, garlicky snails, a snail eating competition, brilliant wines poured from jeroboams and St James’s first-ever snail race. Our money’s on Gary.

Tickets £15; maisonfrancois.london/shop

Snail racing is set to be a highlight at the Maison François Fête de l’Escargot (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Snail racing is set to be a highlight at the Maison François Fête de l’Escargot (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

THE INDULGENCE

Don your balaclava because bootleg ice cream is about to be a thing. Sunday Girl is the high-key, NYC-inspired ‘kidult’ brand about to drop small, limited-edition batches of ridiculously wacky and highly delicious creations on Instagram. Concocted by an ex Fat Duck chef, the first flavour will be Go Shorty It’s Your Birthday, starring shortbread biscuit, sponge cake, strawberry sauce and hundreds and thousands. Keep an eye on @sundaygirl_ldn for release dates.

Keep an eye out for the Sunday Girl logo (Sunday Girl)
Keep an eye out for the Sunday Girl logo (Sunday Girl)
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