About Us

Grub Street is an award-winning small, niche independent publisher, publishing only books on cookery and military aviation history.


Voted International Cookbook Publisher of the Year at the World Cookbook Awards in 2000, a number of our cookbooks have won prizes over the years. Grub Street is proud to publish titles by critically acclaimed and well-loved chefs and cooks such as Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson, Claudia Roden, Arto der Haroutunian, Paula Wolfert, Margaret Costa, Marguerite Patten, Joel Robuchon and Pierre Hermé, to name but a few. Focusing on the food not glossy celebrity-chefs, we are able to bring our readers, authentic, tried and tested delicious recipes time and time again. We are aware of gaps in the market and aim to publish what our readers can’t find elsewhere. In recent years, we have seen an enormous rise in demand for books about healthy eating, allergies and intolerances, diabetes and raw food. Grub Street listens to its readers and publishes books from the best in their fields, such as Eat Smart Eat Raw by Kate Magic, and Learn to Cook Wheat, Gluten and Dairy Free, by Antoinette Savill. Publishing approximately twelve new books each year, many of which have been translated into English for the first time, Grub Street brings you new and innovative cookery books whilst maintaining an extensive and well-researched backlist. Our Basic Basics range began in 1988 and since then, the books have never been out of print. Marguerite Patten’s The Basic Basics Jams, Preserves and Chutneys Handbook sold out within the first six weeks of publication.

Anne Dolamore, our cookery publisher, is personally interested in food and wine and spent four years on the committee of the Guild of Food Writers and two years in the Chair. She was a trustee of Sustain, an organisation that campaigns for farming. To her, food is more than just publishing. It is a way of life and she believes that people should be eating better and be able to cook.

Grub Street will continue to do what it does best, but don’t just take our word for it. Nigella Lawson once described us as ‘the cookery publisher with a culinary conscience’, and Mathew Fort said we produce ‘proper books for proper cooks’. Tom Parker Bowles, food writer, regularly reviews our books in The Daily Mail and said of us; ‘One thing that Grub Street Publishing do particularly well is to re-publish classic cookery books from the 20th century, such that, while they retain their original magic, they also address some of the needs of the 21st century.’

Military Aviation

Formed in 1982, over the years Grub Street has built up a well-respected and critically acclaimed military history list focusing on aviation. As well as supporting the careers of well-established authors such as Norman Franks and Christopher Shores we also think it is important to nurture new authors and of course to encourage veterans to tell their own stories in their own words. We have a variety of autobiographies, ranging from Arthur Gould Lee’s classics, Open Cockpit and No Parachute, to Ken Rees’ Lie in the Dark and Listen, which details The Great Escape from his personal viewpoint.

We publish investigative works by Peter Kilduff, Andy Saunders and Sean Feast, explorations of the use of cartoons in World War I and World War II and beyond by Mark Bryant, a series of collections of obituaries featured originally in the Daily Telegraph, squadron histories, reference books and authoritative and well-balanced biographies of notable RAF figures such as Hugh Dowding and Keith Park.

The most exciting development in recent years has been our Boys series giving the reader intimate knowledge of how postwar aircraft such as the Lightning, Hunter, Vulcan, Victor, Valiant, Jaguar, Phantom and Buccaneer were operated.

With a large and successful backlist we are proud to publish books that make a significant contribution to historical aviation archives and stand the test of time.


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