COOKBOOK REVIEW: The Royal Touch

queen-elizabeth-on horseback
Photo credit: People Magazine

It’s a big birthday across the pond today — the Queen of England is turning 90. She still rides her fave Fell pony, as seen in this pic from last year, and prefers silk scarves to helmets. Since most of us probably can’t make it to the 90-minute May celebration with 900 horses, what better way to celebrate lovely Liz than with a cookbook by a former royal chef?The Royal Touch cookbookCordon Bleu chef Carolyn Robb went straight from cookery school to cook it up at the Royal Household for thirteen years.

polo royals
Photo credit: Daily Mail

As you can probably guess, I hold a torch for her all her polo-playing charges. The fact they look so bummed after a loss in this photo makes me love them even more. So of course I want to see where they got their energy from during the Chef Robb days.The Royal Touch cookbookChef Robb advises how to cook food fit for a king in a totally down-to-earth manner, with a chapter devoted to organic food for children. Lovingly published by ACC Editions, The Royal Touch, is a collage of recipes, photos, watercolor illustrations and hand-written notes from happy royals with full tummies.

Card from Princess Diana

The ones from Princess Diana are especially poignant.

Quinoa recipe in The Royal Touch cookbookThe book offers a bounty of recipes, from breakfast to dessert, with clear instructions and Carolyn’s personal take on each dish. Since I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately, I’ll be trying the Warm Salad of Halloumi next. With quinoa, roasted aubergine and lemon mint dressing. Mmmm. Even more delicious is a  50% discount for Blue Besos readers. Head to the ACC website to register, then enter promotional code RT50.  Happy cooking!

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