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Good Together: Drink & Feast with Mr Lyan & Friends Hardcover – 28 Sep 2017
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The book combines food and drink for every type of social gathering. Other chefs have helped create this book which include Karan Gokani from Sri Lankan hotspot ‘Hoppers’, who created ‘An Indian Extravaganza’. ‘Eastern Banquet’ by Lisa Lov. ‘Tigermom’, Pasta and Wine’ by Tim Siadatan from ‘Trullo’ and ‘Padella’. Thanksgiving Dinner’ by Tien Ho. ‘Whole Foods’‘The Country Table’ by James Lowe from ‘Lyle’s’. The recipes are different and exciting and the cocktails are not the usual run of the mill. They are created to compliment the dishes. I think even a teetotal would be tempted my many of the recipes for cocktails in the book, although there are non-alcoholic cocktails also such as the sorrel cooler and the oolong soda. Some of the ingredients would be difficult to get hold of, but worth the effort if you want to impress your guests when throwing a dinner party.
I think this book will appeal to someone who wants to give their guests the wow factor when entertaining and someone who likes to experiment in the kitchen. Some of the recipes include, lamb heart bulgur, oysters and onions soup, pigs ear salad with chilli oil and sesame. Also, simpler recipes such as salad of poached chicken and wild mushrooms’ and red curry of braised pork cheeks with boiled peanuts and confit potatoes. I think many of the recipes could be adapted to suit your own taste, for example many of the herbs and even the cocktails, for example gin could be used instead of vodka.
This book is the ultimate guide to entertaining in style and definitely has the wow factor.
It's a well put together thing, feels a quality product and is jam packed with gorgeous photography.
Sadly where it falls down is the content.
It's a neat idea to match drink and food but whilst most things in here are straightforward enough to make in terms of the instructions (though in places they are lacking in context) the endless obscure ingredients (and the strong suggestions that that cheap gin you can find at the local Bargain Booze just won't be fit for purpose here) make it something I'm unlikely to ever make much of what is inside.
The drinks part was more appetising, even if I wouldn't be bothered to go to the lengths of getting the premium quality ingredients you simply have to have to make the most of the recipes.
It has it's market and that market is probably those who find the labels more important than what's inside, have acres of disposable income and don't mind taking the time, effort and expense to source the more obscure ingredients in here that you are never likely to use for anything else.
We all know that food tastes so much better when accompanied by the correct beverage, especially when that beverage is of the alcoholic kind
This is such a cheerful book (whether influenced by the advertised cocktails or not), delightfully illustrated ~ there is a real skill in photographing tempting cocktails (and delicious food)
Contributors from the "world of food" have put together a delightful album which will inspire anybody who loves their kitchen particularly if it includes a great liquor cabinet !
From the Intimate section of Garden Bites, Dinner Parties, and Date Night to the Raucous delights of "Watching the Game", BBQs and Eastern Banquet there is something for everyone here.
This feels more like a culinary autobiography than your average cookery book; the involvement by the authors and their detailed descriptions of the delights included feel as genuine as I have ever read.
It is virtually impossible not to favour favourite sections of the book mine is An Indian Extravaganza with the cocktails Singha Sour and Coconut Ramos accompanying Lamb Shank Biryani ending with Passionfruit and Mango Pavlova is a new ingredient to my fooddreams !!
If you are looking for any more excuses for buying this intriguing book then look no further than the wonderful and puzzling cocktail called the "Bosom Caresser" ~ enough said!!
The writing is good, like a chat with a pal and the recipes are way to follow, however they are full of obscure ingredients with no real alternatives offered in their place. If the recipes had consisted of things that you could pick up from the supermarket it would be a five star book, but I would really struggle to get the obscure drinks and food needed in a lot of the recipes despite living in a city....maybe if you lived in one if Nigella Lawsons t.v cookery shows you could pop out and collect them in a dream sequence style...but in reality this never going to be possible for people with real lives and jobs who rely on the supermarket and maybe the odd specialty shop or if you’re lucky a bottle or two of something a pal brought you back off their holidays.
So for me this works best as a coffee table book, something to flick through and marvel at rather than actually make, in this guise it is like a stunning picture book and aspirational lifestyle book rolled into one.
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