Dishoom cookbook announced

We are delighted to announce the acquisition by Bloomsbury Publishing of Dishoom: From Bombay with Love. The book will be published on the 5th September 2019 – a nostalgic love letter to Bombay food, history and culture, and the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in the city but have now almost faded completely away.

Written by Dishoom’s co-founders, Shamil and Kavi Thakrar, alongside Executive Chef Naved Nasir, this much-anticipated book will feature more than 100 recipes and will be generously illustrated with atmospheric food and location photography.

Drawing on the menus across Dishoom’s six restaurants (five in London, one in Edinburgh, with a seventh due to open in Manchester) – which in turn are inspired by the food and drink of the authors’ favourite Bombay haunts – the cookbook will take readers on a culinary adventure through Bombay, from dawn through to the late night.

Starting with Breakfast, and ending with Dinner and Nightcaps, each of the book’s ten chapters will explore, through a walking tour, a different corner of south Bombay. You will discover the simple joy of morning chai and omelette at Kyani and Co., of dawdling in Horniman Circle on a Sunday morning, of eating on Mohammed Ali Road, of strolling on the sands at Chowpatty at sunset or enjoying the breeze on Nariman Point at night. Dishoom: From Bombay with Love will explore the historical landmarks and little eccentricities of the city, and of course, the restaurants, cafés and street stalls where Bombayites find their comfort food.

Featuring recipes for Dishoom’s famous Bacon Naan Rolls and Black Daal, as well as Okra Fries, Pau Bhaji, Lamb Raan, Prawns Koliwada, Jackfruit Biryani, Butter Garlic Crab, and Pistachio Kulfi – alongside drinks such as Mango Lassi, East India Gimlet and House Chai – home cooks will delight in being able to create Dishoom dishes and drinks for the first time.

Publishers Richard Atkinson and Natalie Bellos acquired World rights at auction in a deal with Louise Lamont at LBA Books. Bloomsbury will be supporting the publication of Dishoom with a major marketing and publicity campaign.

Executive Chef Naved Nasir said:


“We’ve long nurtured unreasonable and excessive obsession with Bombay. The city’s food, its history, its culture and its odd little details have seeped completely into our menus and all of the food and drink we serve, and into every detail of the physical spaces of our restaurants.  We are thus deeply excited to finally have, in this cookery book, a way to articulate and share our sincere love for the city. We hope this book will make you feel as if you’ve been to Bombay with us, that you’ve seen what we see and tasted what we taste. We’d like to leave you replete with stories and recipes that you can conjure up again in your kitchen, to share with all who come to your table. We love feeding you all in our restaurants, and now we’re just delighted to be sharing our Dishoom recipes with you to cook in your own kitchen.”


Dishoom: From Bombay with Love is set to be a unique celebration of a fascinating city and its delicious food and drinks.


Photo: Dishoom’s Executive Chef Naved Nasir (right) and co-founders Shamil Thakrar (second from right) and Kavi Thakrar (left) with Mr. Kohinoor, the proprietor of Britannia café, in Bombay’s Ballard Estate.

Photo credit: Ming Tang-Evans