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An iconic restaurant. A wealth of memories. A glorious new cookbook marks 30 years at the top. By Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray, Sian Wyn Owen and Joseph Trivelli

Ricotta al forno

Famous food: the restaurant that Rose and Ruth built

It has been 30 years since The River Cafe first opened its doors overlooking the Thames near Hammersmith and 22 years since Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray published their striking River Cafe Cookbook, the ground-breaking, global bestseller. 

Ruth is the American-born wife of architect Richard Rogers. Rose ran the kitchen at Nell’s Club in New York before joining Ruth to launch The River Cafe in 1987. By the time of Rose’s death in 2010, she and Ruth had made The River Cafe one of the most respected and influential restaurants in the world and, under their exacting guidance, trained many of the new generation of star chefs. 

River Cafe 30, written with Sian Wyn Owen and Joseph Trivelli, is a celebration of this iconic restaurant on its 30th anniversary. Bold and beautiful in design, it includes favourites from the first cookbook updated for home cooks today, as well as brand new recipes from the restaurant’s menus. 

Pumpkin soup

Scallops with sage and capers

Pumpkin soup; Scallops with sage and capers

 Buy River Café 30 with a 25 per cent discount

River Cafe 30 by Ruth Rogers, Rose Gray, Sian Wyn Owen and Joseph Trivelli will be published by Ebury Press on 5 October, price £28. 

As well as Ruth’s personal introduction and memories of Rose, chapters include Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, Contorni and Dolci. To pre-order a copy for £21 until 8 October, visit or call 0844 571 0640; p&p is free on orders over £15.