It amazes me how many new restaurants continue to open in London. At least a couple a week. And that’s without the pop-ups, supper clubs, and street food set-ups. We love a food and drink trend too: rainbow croissants, avocado on toast, kimchi sides and salted caramel everything. There are food markets you can spend a whole day eating your way round, and wash it all down with a glass of something fresh from one of the craft brewers and gin distillers. It’s an exciting place to be, both for the resident seeking somewhere new to tick off or comfort in the reliable old; and visitors, hungry for somewhere beyond Buckingham Palace to add to their tourist check list.

London: The Cookbook caters for all of these – a striking hardback fit for the coffee table. Part travel guide, part cookbook aimed at presenting the best London has to offer – old and new – with detailed write-ups and photographs for all of the places and producers mentioned, and the handy addition of opening times, nearest tube stations and recommend buses. 50 of them are also joined by a recipe of one of their signature dishes or drinks, so you can get a taste of what they have to offer without having to dial up Deliveroo. It’s the latest release from food writer Cara Frost-Sharratt, and boasts a foreword from celebrated chef of ‘nose-to-tail’ eating and St John fame, Fergus Henderson, who provides his take on London’s offerings and highlights his favourites through some charming anecdotes.

An excellent map at the beginning of London: The Cookbook provides a clear visual guide to where everything mentioned in the book is located. If you were a proper food nerd (ahem), you could gradually visit and cross off each one in a sort of London foodie bingo. The suggestions are split into five sections focusing on restaurants, areas and artisan producers. London Classics includes The Ivy, Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill and the River Café, while Barrafina, Pitt Cue Co., and Ottolenghi are among those mentioned in New Classics. The School of St. John is a whole chapter dedicated to the restaurants associated to, or inspired by, the ethos of Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver’s venture.

Down the Markets and In the Neighbourhood are particularly good round-ups as they get you out and about to explore an area as well as its edible delights. Maltby Street, Broadway, Greenwich and Soho, are among the recommendations here. The final section, Meet the Producers, introduces us to some of the standout food and drink creators, from Bermondsey Street Bees and The Slow Bread Company to Jensen’s Gin. A lovely little finisher is the annual calendar of notable London Food Events, with at least one for every month of the year, proving that if it’s good food or a tipple you’re after, there’s no bad time to head to the capital.

My only disappointment is that not all the restaurants have a recipe featured in London: The Cookbook; I’d have love to have seen what deliciousness the River Café, The Modern Pantry, Ottolenghi, Moro and others would have provided. But it’s a small criticism of an otherwise excellent insight into London’s food. A great one to pick up and have a read through when you’re looking for something to cook, eat or do, and a far better souvenir to sum up this exciting city than a fridge magnet.

London: The Cookbook by Cara Frost-Sharratt is published by Frances Lincoln and available to buy online here.