Good food takes time, says Neil Perry: “taking the time to think about what you want to cook, recognizing the seasons, enjoying shopping for beautiful produce, and finally experiencing the wonderful feeling that you get sitting down and enjoying good food and great friends and loved ones.”
This cookbook is not about fancy feasts but about celebrating good food everyday. It is designed to allow you to cook any of the main style dishes simply or to add any of the vegetables you want. Often Neil will add a suggestion or two for a side dish, but he also encourages you to create your own combinations.
There are exquisite photographs of Neil's take on classic bistro favourites such as a salad of Roquefort, walnuts, radicchio and witlof, or king prawn cocktail. There are also great dishes to share with friends and family: chicken pork and prawn paella, eggplant parmigiana with tomato sauce and basil oil.
Our favourite feature of this uncomplicated yet elegant book is the vegetable section at the back. Without any pomp Neil takes us through the different vegetables that can accompany any of the dishes in his book. Neil systematically discusses all his favourite recipes and gives you a few basic tips that will take your vegies from the everyday to the sublime. These are not recipes per se but a guide to empower cooks with the simplest of knowledge.