It is a rare thing for an internationally renowned chef to admit to a passion for simple cherry tomato pasta or golden fried fish and chips with lots of garlicky aoli, but that is exactly what award-winning chef Neil Perry does in this superb new book, The Food I Love. Taking its inspiration from the cooking of the Mediterranean, The Food I Love is, however, more than just a collection of recipes.
Neil Perry is one of the very few chefs whom I would consider to be a gastronomic ‘global citizen.’ With The Food I Love we get to experience his formidable knowledge and nonpareil sensitivity regarding the pleasures of the table, but in this case geared for those who love to cook at home. A tip of the hat to you, Neil, for this incredible work reminds me of why I got into this field in the first place! Charlie Trotter
Neil Perry has produced a book that can be utilized in a number of ways – you can simply enjoy the 200 delicious recipes or you can be inspired by the thousands of suggested food combinations that work together to create superb dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. This is home cooking at its very best: simple, seasonal and absolutely delicious. There is also straight forward advice on everything from how to properly hold a cook’s knife to trussing chicken and filleting fish. Full of the enthusiasm and joy that comes from creating wonderful food from great ingredients, The Food I Love is a book that you will cook with, learn from and delight in many times over.