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“Photography by Matthew Donaldson.” In the past two years this sentence appears at the bottom of every newsletter we send out. Matthew’s striking still lifes and revealing portraits illuminate our Instagram, define our newsletters and are the focus of The River Cafe Cookbook 30. Quite simply, we cannot imagine working or indeed, doing anything without him.

To see more of his photography, follow him here on Instagram or visit his website at

Above is a self portrait of Matthew, and below are a collection of dishes he photographed just a few days ago. All are February seasonal specialties, and new to Shop The River Cafe.
Agretti with Slow-Cooked Tomato and Mozzarella

Spinach, Sorrel and Lentil Soup

Zuppa di Zucca con Mascarpone

Rhubarb and Vanilla Ice Cream

Photography by Matthew Donaldson
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