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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > May 2016 > Would you go round to dinner with someone you’d never met?

Would you go round to dinner with someone you’d never met?

Described as the Airbnb of eating, peer-to-peer dining is the new way for hospitable home cooks and curious travellers to meet, break bread and (with a bit of luck) make friends. It’s big in Europe and the US and is making headway in the UK. Amber Dalton investigates
Dylan in Fulham

Dinner is at Dylan’s flat in Fulham. Shall I take red or white? Maybe fizz? I could always text for some pointers– but Dylan and I haven’t actually met before. I’ve booked a seat at his dining table through EatWith, one of a handful of peer-to-peer dining websites (see panel, right) that put keen cooks in touch with food lovers looking for a more ‘authentic’ alternative to a restaurant meal.

As I chat to Dylan and his girlfriend Sara in their open-plan kitchen and dining room, he puts the finishing touches to a dish he calls scales: fine slices of mackerel fillet marinated in sherry and cider vinegars and spices, then blowtorched to perfection and served to resemble overlapping fish scales. It’s the first of five courses on a seasonal £40-a-head menu, which could happily grace the table of a fancy restaurant.

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May brings longer, warmer days and bank holidays, perfect for Peter Gordon's new salads, John Whaite's easy sharing feasts, meat-free dinner party mains and recipes that cook in the oven while you walk in the countryside. There's a 16-page section for Sabrina Ghayour to share her Middle Eastern-inspired cooking as well as new asparagus recipes, a guide to choux pastry and Ben Tish's salt hake fritters. And finally, we look for the best cheese toastie in the world.