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The Royal Chef at Home: Easy Seasonal Entertaining Hardcover – November 1, 2017
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"...These are thorough 'kitchen cook friendly' recipes for dishes that will prove perfect for entertaining no matter what the time of year -- all dining occasions including midday lunches and brunches, teas, indoor and outdoor sit-down and buffet dinners, and cocktail parties. [...] Simply stated, The Royal Chef at Home: Easy Seasonal Entertaining will prove to be an enduringly popular and unique addition to family, personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections." (Midwest Book Review, The Cookbook Shelf 2018-01-15)
About the Author
Darren McGrady was chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry for fifteen years and has cooked for five US presidents. He now resides in Dallas, Texas, where he runs a successful catering company called Eating Royally Fine Dining. He is also an author, culinary consultant, event planner and public speaker. His first cookbook, Easting Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen, was published in 2007 and all royalties from the sale of Eating Royally were donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Darren has appeared on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, Fox and Friends, CNN Headline News, the Today Show and Larry King Live. In print, his recipes and writing have appeared in numerous publications including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, PEOPLE magazine, the Boston Globe and US Weekly.
Darren became the first private chef invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. He has partnered with American Airlines in premium cabin food service on flights between Europe and the USA.
The Royal Chef at Home: Easy Seasonal Entertaining is his second book.
Susan Ruffins enjoys life as a writer, chef, teacher and avid gardener. Her writing covers topics as varied as sociology, food and culture, modern finance, science and lifestyle. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
Dick Patrick is a third generation photographer who began his business, Dick Patrick Studios, Inc. in the mid-1980s. Since then he has produced impactful, award winning imagery for an impressive roster of clients. Although helping companies achieve their marketing and advertising goals has been his primary focus, he takes particular delight in creating alluring and appetizing food photographs for the editorial market.
Patrick has been featured in magazines such as Studio Photography & Design, Photo Insider and Photo District News and his work has been recognized by the likes of Communication Arts, Print, How, The Dallas Society of Visual Communications and The American Advertising Federation.
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The things I loved about this book.... First, it boasts many delicious looking photos. I always find it inspiring when I flip through a cookbook and see something that appeals to me. Generally, it is the photo that catches my eye first and encourages me to read the recipe. Second, the recipes were approachable. There were some more complicated dishes in this book, but there were also many simple but tasty looking pieces with recognizable ingredients that most people would have in their cupboards or fridges every day. In fact, the majority of the recipes I could try without having to go and search out some strange and unknown spice or veggie. I am easily intimidated by complicated recipes, and this book actually inspired me to try some new things. Third, "The Royal Chef" has a very simple and clean design. Each page only hosts a single recipe. It is very user-friendly and does not overwhelm at all. Fourth, and lastly, it is ridiculously mouth watering. I can't wait to start cooking out of it. There is a nice blend of recognizable recipes (with a twist, of course) but also some very creative and inventive ideas that look absolutely scrumptious but are completely unique (great to surprise your family and friends with this Christmas season).
I was planning to cook a recipe out of it tonight... but I accidentally left it at my mom's house and I'm afraid I won't be getting it back...! Early Christmas present?? But in all seriousness, this cookbook would make a lovely gift to any cook in your home, whether they are just starting out on their culinary adventures or are seasoned veterans.
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications for a complimentary copy of this cook book in exchange for my honest opinion.
Any recipe book I own must pass the first test of having lots of pictures to accompany the recipes, and I can assure you that the photos lying between the covers of this book are simply beautiful. My mouth was literally watering as I viewed photos of the "Peach & Basil Pavlova" or considered the "Ganache Chocolate Egg Cakes". Even writing these words make me eager to create these delicious dishes! And the recipes themselves are truly fantastic. One of my worries had been that McGrady's recipes would be too technical for the average cook like me, but I can assure you that the ingredients are ones you will be familiar with (for the most part), the directions are easy to follow, and the results are superb.
Darren McGrady has offered up a recipe book that is an absolute treasure. Not only will you be cooking like a top-notch chef, you will also be taught to celebrate some of the best moments of life as you cook for the ones you love. I encourage you to add "The Royal Chef at Home" to your kitchen shelf - it simply must be experienced! I award this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.