Bloomsbury to publish Polpo cookbook

<p>Bloomsbury senior commissioning editor Richard Atkinson has bought world rights in a cookbook from Soho restaurant Polpo. </p><p>The acquisition was conducted via Cathryn Summerhayes and Eugenie Furniss at WME Entertainment, in what was described as a &quot;hotly contested&quot; auction. </p><p>Polpo, opened by Russell Norman in Beak Street last year, was inspired by Venetian bacari (back-street taverns serving snacks and small plates) and the book is said to be &quot;a taste of real Venice, with 120 delicious recipes reflecting the seasonal food of that city.&quot; </p><p>Atkinson said: &quot;At Bloomsbury we&rsquo;re huge fans of Polpo, which is almost on our doorstep, so we were thrilled to be offered the chance to publish the book. </p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s one of those rare restaurants where the food and the atmosphere are both pitch-perfect, and you feel as if you&rsquo;re on holiday the moment you step through the door.&quot; </p><p><em>Polpo</em> will be published in spring 2012.</p>