Make marvellous meals with "The Royal Chef at Home"


about the book....

The Royal Chef is at it again! Darren McGrady, former personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, has curated and created delicious, easy recipes that will add an elegant touch to any meal without requiring hours of laboring in the kitchen.

Darren's Easy Seasons is perfect for entertaining no matter what the time of year, including midday lunches and brunches, teas, indoor and outdoor sit-down and buffet dinners, and cocktail parties. The book is also organized by season with events including a Children's Easter Egg Roll, Valentine's Day for Two, a proper Sunday dinner, Christmas open house, and Thanksgiving.

Darren also provides tips on ingredients, substitutions, and alternatives, making this book an easy but comprehensive "go-to" party-planning resource. Includes "Notes on Entertaining" to help lighten the load and make even the largest celebrations go off without a hitch.

my review....

"The Royal Chef at Home" is more than just a collection of taste-bud pleasing recipes, but is a fascinating journey through McGrady's own seasons of life and experiences. I think this may be the first time that I've cracked open the cover of a book of recipes and found myself torn between examining the delicious looking meals and reading through the vignettes from the chef's life that accompany each chapter! It is clear that a lot of thought and care has been put into this project, and readers will be blessed as they are guided towards using food to create lasting memories for family and friends.

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.

about the author....

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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, Eating 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 Showand Larry King Live. In print, his recipes and writing have appeared in numerous publications including USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, PEOPLEmagazine, 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.

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