Friday 19 January 2018

The Pleasure List: Serve up star food for the great and the good

Ever play the game of fantasy dinner party? This is when we muse over who would be at our table if mortality, geography, logic and the laws of physics did not apply. The seating plan is, of course, a major consideration. You wouldn't want to, for example, put John Lennon next to Jesus Christ or Sinead O'Connor anywhere near Miley Cyrus lest a fight should break out.

From reading Dublin Cookery School founder Lynda Booth's first cook book, From Lynda's Table, it is clear that this adventurous chef has practically already hosted her fantasy dinner party guests during her two decades in some of the world's leading restaurants and hotels. From Lynda's Table is full of mouth-watering recipes with gorgeous food styling and is also chock-full of personal anecdotes from a fascinating career. From stumping the seasoned palette of the great Raymond Blanc with her beguiling lychee soufflé to the unlikely image of Robert DeNiro "doggy bagging" the rest of her Chocolate Hazelnut Cake after a birthday dinner with Sean Penn, the great and the good have already been at Lynda's table and now we can be too with this gorgeous book priced at €24.99 available from all good book stores with signed copies available at

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