The Ritz London: 100 Recipes from their Michelin-starred Restaurant
Since its revolving door first rotated in 1906, The Ritz has been at the heart of London society and has boasted an eclectic mix of wealthy guests who have savoured from the Hotel’s long tradition of keeping up classic British aristocracy and lavish traditions. Including their fine dining.
If you have always fancied to recreate The Ritz experience at home, you are in luck. It just so happens that the Hotel have recently released their first cook book, aptly named The Ritz London – The Cookbook.
The 240-page book is divided into the four seasons, with dishes for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter from the Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant, the iconic Palm Court and legendary Rivoli Bar.
The 100 recipes range from more simple ones, including the famous Cinnamon Shortbread and favourite Champagne Cocktail, to the seasonal classics such as Pea & Wild Garlic Soup and Salt-Baked Celeriac, to the signature The Ritz Venison Wellington and Crêpes Suzette. And if you are wondering, yes, the recipes for their traditional Afternoon Tea menu is in the book too. Scones and clotted cream anyone?
Each season begins with a unique cocktail and canapé pairing, and includes first courses, main courses and desserts, interspersed with special features on subjects from tea to truffles. Throughout the book, John Williams shares his culinary philosophy, passions and expertise accompanied by unique glimpses into life behind the scenes in the venerated kitchens at the world- famous institution.
The book is curated and written by the Hotel’s Executive Chef, John Williams MBE. Throughout it, Mr Williams shares his culinary philosophy, passions and expertise accompanied by unique glimpses into life behind the scenes in the venerated kitchens at the world- famous institution. Mr Williams has overseen The Ritz Restaurant since 2004 and his food has been relished by royalty, savoured by presidents and prime ministers, and enjoyed by the great and the good. And now, you can enjoy it too.
The Ritz London: The Cookbook
Octopus Publishing, 2018
£30; €40; $40
Mr Connoisseur was provided a free review copy of the book, all opinions expressed are the authors own.