On the cover: 'Cheesy Leeks', painted by Sophie von Hellermann, 2020
In March 2020, as we in the UK realised we were to be locked up in our first lockdown, many people turned to cooking to soothe their anxieties, sharing their creations online rather than around a table. We started to write to friends and contributors to LUNCHEON, asking them to offer a suggestion for a lunch that could be comforting and easily made while in isolation, to be shared daily on our Instagram account. They are gathered here as a memento of 2020, with new ones created specially during the second lockdown of 2021. The recipes, photographs, paintings and illustrations have been created by designers, poets, cooks, writers, photographers and artists, with beautiful and personal stories of where the recipes originated, what they mean to each person, or who they would love to cook for when everyone can meet and eat together again.