The Borough Market Cookbook was Sheila Dillon’s pick for the Radio 4 Food Programme’s Cookbook of the Year. The book is the result of a wonderful collaboration of devotees of the market celebrating food and cooking. 101 plus recipes cover canapes, starters, main courses and signature dishes sourced from the producers and traders who are relentlessly passionate about their livestock and livelihood and for whom provenance is paramount.

On this site, you will be able to sample some of the recipes from the book, read some of the essays about the producers and get the thoughts of some of the market traders. The book retails for £20 and is available directly from Can of Worms with free delivery to UK addresses. The link to buy is below.

The recipes in the book have been developed and tested by Sarah Freeman [SF] and Sarah Leahey-Benjamin [SLB]. All the photography on the site and in the book is by George Nicholson, the cookbook design is by Catherine Dixon and cover illustration is by Emma Lofstrom.


ABOUT Can of Worms Enterprises

Can of Worms facilitates the production of great creative projects across a broad range of media.

Founded in 2000, Can of Worms has won numerous awards for its books, kudos for its kids’ workshops and plaudits for its plays. Can of Worms is now branching out into film.

Can of Worms takes on projects which in general have the common good as a central purpose to the project.

In print, Can of Worms has won a variety of awards for its kids and cookery books: the Mission: Explore series of books have won the following: National Trust/Daily Telegraph Outdoor Book of the Year, GEOvation Award winner, was runner-up for the Society of Authors Education Writer of the Year. The series has also won accolades from Pink Stinks for its balanced portrayal of boys and girls from different backgrounds. The National Geographic reviews the series as “Cool, exciting and just plain fun!”

Can of Worms also publishes Roger Bachelor’s history of the yards: The Pullens Story: 1879-Present Day and George Nicholson’s beautiful collection of photographs of makers from the Yards in the 1980s, Made in Southwark.

In 2016, Can of Worms produced its first stage play: Charlie Chaplin: Tonight at the Museum written by Gillian Plowman and directed by Pamela Howard, OBE and put on at The Cinema Museum (the former Lambeth Workhouse – home to Charlie in his early life).

This year, Can of Worms has embarked upon its first feature film project: REVolution, a feature based upon true events in 1958 Havana, Cuba.


Tobias Steed
Managing Director