This is a lovely cookbook with classic recipes from the chefs of one of the world's most famous historic hotels.
The recipes are divided into five chapters; "Breakfast", "Lunch", "Afternoon Tea", "Diner", and "Supper and Light Meals". The tasty recipes are well written and easy to follow, with beautiful coloured illustrations for serving suggestions. There are dishes for everyone, as the book includes some famous classic recipes but also some modern recipes, to accommodate every taste and style. I just love cooking dishes from this book and some of my favourites include the "Scrambled Eggs Wrapped in Smoked Salmon", the "Savoy Dressed Crab", the "Tomato Tarts with Glazed Goat's Cheese and Radish Salad", the "Parmesan-crusted Veal Holstein", the "Vegetable Risotto with Rocket and Parmesan Shavings" and the delicious but a little tricky to make "Peaches Nellie Melba".
Apart from the recipes, the book includes excellent chapters on the Hotel's history and the dining customs of past eras. This edition is amazing and with its beautiful black & white photographs of the hotel, it looks more like a coffee table book than just a cookbook.
I was quite dissapointed with this book. I own some very nice cook books, but this one lack the finese the others have. I went through the book quickly and notice that the food was not of the highest quality. I see no perfection. This book is old school, thats not a bad thing if its done properly but I think the photo's in this book were rushed. The book is expensive for what you get. Old school not my cup of tea!
basically, this is a recipe book of what you might be able to order at the savoy (if you could afford it), but dumbed down ever-so slightly for the commoner. even so, the recipes look quite intricate to cook, although the pictures are mouthwatering and the text is highly readable. worth the money if you intend to throw even a couple of lavish dinner parties in your time.
received from Amazon. A defective book with No writing on the front of the book at all. I do not know how they could possibly send out such a book when they must see when they pack it that it is defective. Insult to injury I have to pay the postage to return it! Very annoyed and dissapointed with Amazon. A brief look at the book and it has tantalising pictures full of encouraging receipe ideas. Cant wait to own my own copy.