We Want Plates – The Book

We Want Plates book
An hilarious and infuriating collection of the best pictures from the We Want Plates archives, plus unseen material.

A social media phenomenon on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, the online crusade has collected thousands of pictures of absurd, unexpected, and downright stomach-churning occasions that restaurants have shunned the ordinary plate, including soup in a stiletto, bread in a flat cap, beef Wellington on barbed wire, prawns in an iron and a phone box sandwich.

The book includes an introduction by Ross McGinnes – the man behind the crusade – and a foreword by the Sunday Times’ restaurant critic Marina O’Loughlin.

Where to buy it

You can buy the book online from Amazon, Waterstones, The Book Depository and Hive, or pop into one of those lovely buildings called book shops and speak to an actual person.

  • Format: Hardback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 120 x 170mm
  • Publication date: 06 Nov 2017
  • Publisher: PRESTEL
  • Language: English
  • Colour illustrations: 88
  • ISBN10 3791384287
  • ISBN13 9783791384283



Bread in a commode

Bread in a commode

“Table for two, please.”

“Table for three? Certainly.”

“No, there’s only two of us.”

“One chair’s for the bread.”


‘Smashed Martini’ nonsense

broken glass dessert

CHEFS! Turn brownies into expensive brownies by simply serving them on a plank with a broken glass.

(Legal note: it’s actually plastic. SO THAT’S ALRIGHT…)

Pic: @pollianicus

Boiled egg plumbing new depths


“Would you like your egg boiled, poached or scrambled?”

“Boiled and balanced on a 15mm isolating ball valve, please.”