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Raymond Blanc - Author

About the Author

Raymond Blanc OBE is acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world. Completely self-taught, his influence on gastronomy is so great that he is the only chef to have been honoured with both an OBE from Britain and the Legion d'honneur from France. His beautiful hotel restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, has retained two Michelin stars for thir ty-five years and was voted Best Hotel and Best Food Hotel of the Year by the Caterer's Hotelier Top 100 Awards. Raymond has written more than ten books and presented many television shows. He is honorary President of The Sustainable Restaurant Association and Vice President of Garden Organic.

Featured books by Raymond Blanc

Simply Raymond

Simply Raymond

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Featuring recipes from Raymond's ITV series - SIMPLY RAYMOND BLANC 'Of the many cookery books that I have written, this one has the most extraordinary story,' says Raymond Blanc. His long-held plan to write a simple cookbook - inspired by his mother, Maman Blanc - began months before the Covid pandemic hit. Suddenly everything changed, and Raymond, like the rest of the world, struggled to find a way through lockdown. At home, and isolated from his family - as well as his army of chefs at the world-renowned two-star Michelin restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and his Brasserie Blanc restaurants - Raymond cooked and cooked. He opted for the simple dishes that evoked the happy memories, provided the connection to those he could not be with. He focused on recipes that were neither a challenge nor fussy. They required ingredients that were easily-available and needed only basic kitchen equipment. The result is Simply Raymond. It is a collection of his favourite home-cooked recipes - the dishes that mean the most to him; the ones that connect family and friends, and dishes that took him on stove-side travels to other parts of the world. Dish by dish, Simply Raymond presents an irresistible feast. This is cooking from the heart, and here you'll find must-make dishes to add to your weekly repertoire, as well as others for special occasions. There is also a profound poignancy to this book. Shortly before Raymond finished writing it, his mother sadly passed away. This book is a heartfelt tribute to her, created with passion and thoughtfulness. It is also a testament to the great pleasure derived from stepping into a kitchen, simply to cook simply for others. Something he has done all of his life. Recipes include: Cod Cassoulet with Chorizo and Mixed Beans A Quick Ratatouille Cauliflower and Red Lentil Dhal White Onion Soup Beetroot Salad with Hot Smoked Salmon Salade Nicoise Tartiflette Strawberry and Mascarpone Tart

Other books by Raymond Blanc

The Lost Orchard

The Lost Orchard

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2020

'Blanc set about the most thorough apple-tasting and cooking project I have heard of . . . [The Lost Orchard] condenses the highlights, his love letters to the forgotten apple breeds.' The Times 'I began to dream about an orchard filled with thousands of fruit trees... Today we have an orchard with over 150 ancient varieties of apple. Each one has its heritage in a village or a county that used to thrive on that particular variety. They tell the story not only of what we have lost in Britain but also what we could regain.' Over the past seven years, Raymond Blanc has planted an orchard of 2,500 trees in the grounds of his hotel-restaurant in Oxfordshire. Yielding about 30 tonnes of fruit for his kitchen each year, it is full of ancient and forgotten varieties of British apples and pears, along with walnut trees, quince, medlars, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, damsons and cherries. A further 600 heritage fruit trees have been added from Raymond's home region of Franche-Comte in France. The Lost Orchard is a love letter to each of these varieties, complete with beautiful black and white drawings, photographs of Belmond Le Manoir and fascinating information and anecdotes about each fruit, along with recipes and stories.

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

An exquisitely packaged personal tour of Raymond Blanc's legendary restaurant-hotel through the four seasons, with 120 recipes from his celebrated kitchens. Set in the rolling Oxfordshire hills, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is a bastion of haute cuisine and a beacon of l'art de vivre. It is also the only country house hotel in Britain to have held two Michelin stars for more than three decades, presided over by the great chef Raymond Blanc. This book is Raymond's personal tour of Le Manoir through the four seasons; the ultimate host, he lovingly reveals the stories behind rooms that are luxuriously appointed and gardens that are ravishingly beautiful. But it is food that is at the heart of Le Manoir, and here you will find the recipes for one hundred and twenty of its most celebrated dishes, which range from those that can be recreated at home - such as Soupe au pistou and Souffle de rhubarbe - to the sensational creations - including Theme sur la tomate and Cassolette d'abricot - which have earned the restaurant its status as one of the world's legendary gastronomic destinations. Boasting the highest production values, this luxurious, large-format book is enclosed within a clothbound 'clamshell' presentation case. Its pages are gilded with silver and there are two beautiful ribbons with which to mark favourite recipes; lavender-scented endpapers add a final touch of classic French elegance. Each copy of this lavish, landmark publication is personally signed by Raymond Blanc.

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

A personal tour of Raymond Blanc's legendary restaurant-hotel through the four seasons, with 120 recipes from his celebrated kitchens. Set in the rolling Oxfordshire hills, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons is a bastion of haute cuisine and a beacon of l'art de vivre. It is also the only country house hotel in Britain to have held two Michelin stars for more than three decades, presided over by the great chef Raymond Blanc. This book is Raymond's personal tour of Le Manoir through the four seasons; the ultimate host, he lovingly reveals the stories behind rooms that are luxuriously appointed and gardens that are ravishingly beautiful. But it is food that is at the heart of Le Manoir, and here you will find the recipes for one hundred and twenty of its most celebrated dishes, which range from those that can be recreated at home - such as Soupe au pistou and Souffle de rhubarbe - to the sensational creations - including Theme sur la tomate and Cassolette d'abricot - which have earned the restaurant its status as one of the world's legendary gastronomic destinations. With spectacular photography of the luxurious rooms and the ravishing gardens, as well as beautiful and witty illustrations, the fairy tale of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons has been brought charmingly to life.

Kitchen Secrets

Kitchen Secrets

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/10/2012

Raymond Blanc is revered as a culinary legend, whose love of delicious food is lifelong. Years of experience have given him a rich store of knowledge and the skill to create fantastic dishes that work time after time. With a range of achievable and inspirational recipes for cooks of all abilities, Kitchen Secrets is all about bringing Gallic passion and precision into the home kitchen. Raymond has done all the hard work, refining recipes over months and even years until they are quite perfect. Every recipe includes explanations and hints to ensure that your results are consistently brilliant. Dishes that once seemed plain, or impossibly complex, suddenly become simple and elegant; the book's sixteen chapters include classics like watercress soup, chicory and Roquefort salad, cep ravioli, greengage cassoulet, chicken liver parfait, confit salmon, moules marniere, grilled dover sole, home cured ham, pot au feu, lambs liver persillade, roast wild duck, lamb cutlets, galette des Rois, cherry clafoutis and Maman Blanc's own chocolate mousse. With more than 100 recipes from both series of Kitchen Secrets, this is guaranteed to be a must-have for anybody with a love of French cuisine and finesse.

My Kitchen Table: 100 Recipes for Entertaining

My Kitchen Table: 100 Recipes for Entertaining

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

Raymond Blanc is renowned for his exquisite cuisine and here he has chosen 100 sensational, but easily achievable recipes that will wow your guests and impress your friends. From a simple, but classic French Onion Soup or Coq au Vin to the finest Roast Rib of Beef or Pork Fillet with Onion and Garlic Puree and not forgetting desserts - a perfect Black Cherry Tart or Strawberry Sorbet, this book will become the first book to turn to when you need a meal to impress, whether for a weekend banquet or weeknight feast.

A Taste of My Life

A Taste of My Life

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/10/2009

Raymond Blanc knows more about food than pretty much anyone else. His cooking has been described as 'an extraordinary process of creativity, passion, subtlety, indeed genius'. His life and career to date have been utterly dedicated to the search for culinary perfection. Raymond is entirely self-taught and over the years has been developing and refining his philosophy of food and eating. Such is his reputation that his restaurant, Le Manoir, was awarded two Michelin stars even before it opened in 1984, and it remains one of our premier destination restaurants. He has taught many of Britain's most successful chefs, including Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal. Now, for the first time Raymond is going to share the fruits of all that hard work and experimentation, and reveal the secrets of his gastronomy. Woven around stories from his years at the sharp end of the food business are his thoughts about where food is going and a passionate appeal for sustainable cuisine. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in food and cooking, this is the definitive book by a culinary genius.

Simple French Cookery

Simple French Cookery

Author: Raymond Blanc Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2005

In Foolproof French Cookery, and its paperback edition, Simple French Cookery, Raymond Blanc demystifies French cuisine and demonstrates how enjoyable the simple, creative act of cookery can be. He describes the basic techniques needed to create traditional French food and demonstrates 40 simple-to-follow versions of the most well-known French dishes. With step-by-step instructions and colour photographs to accompany every stage from start to finish, all 40 recipes are quick and easy to prepare and use readily available ingredients. All Raymond's recipes are simple, rustic and completely delicious, and whether you choose quick and easy Oeufs en Cocotte or Moules Marinieres, for a more elaborate meal, his foolproof instructions guarantee excellent results every time.

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