Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Royal Book Challenge: Eating Royally by Darren McGrady


Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen by Darren McGrady
224 Pages
Published 2007
ISBN: 9781401603212

If I could sum up this book in one word it would be: class.

Unlike other books that share tidbits and insights into royal life, Eating Royally strikes just the right balance between offering interesting information without going over the invisible line of 'too much information'.

The author offers behind the scenes anecdotes of working for the royal family and later Diana, Princess of Wales, with good humor.  It's intriguing to learn about the kitchens at Buckingham Palace, Balmoral, Windsor Castle and Sandringham. Menu cards and mementos from members of the royal family offer a nice touch. There are behind the scenes photographs of the Sandringham dining room at Christmas and a table laden with food buffet style.  However I could have done without pictures of a festively decorated boars head and artfully plated beef tongues.

The range of recipes covers the various seasons with delicious looking tea cakes, cottage pies and desserts. Though he offers a recipe for Christmas cake (fruitcake) and extols its virtues, I am still not convinced.  The dishes are beautifully photographed, and the recipe instructions are easy to understand. Even the most ordinary cooks could attempt the Royal birthday cake. It may look nothing like the photograph in this book but chances are it will taste better than the paper it is printed on.

© Marilyn Braun 2012

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