The fever is slowly rising in the perspective of the Platinum Jubilee (70 years of reign) of Queen Elizabeth II, which will be celebrated and celebrated during various popular events next June.
Publication of this book “The Platinium Jubilee cookbook” by Ameer Kotecha. 70 recipes showcasing ingredients from British cuisine and served in embassies and high commissions around the world.
Lord Palmerston, Prime Minister in the 19th century once said that “dinner is the soul of diplomacy”. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall prefaced the book, having themselves tasted some of the dishes featured during their visits abroad. British recipes with local influences.
We thus find the lamb with cardamom from the High Commission in New Delhi, the Wellington chicken from the Embassy in Lisbon, the whiskey pudding from the Embassy in Washington DC, the fish with green curry from the High Commission in Islamabad, the Spanish marmalade of the Embassy in Madrid,…
Author Ameer Kotecha delves into the archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to unveil anecdotes of diplomatic dinners and reveal the scope of the power of culinary choices as a diplomatic tool. He is himself a diplomat but also a food writer and chef of ephemeral restaurants such as from 2018 to 2020 at Pimlico in London.
He has served in the British capital, New York, Hong Kong and West Africa. He has written food columns for the famous magazines Harper’s Bazaar and Town&Country. He was also involved in organizing the Platinum Jubilee Pudding Competition.
The book, which initially appears only in English, is a mixture of recipes, history of gastronomy, anecdotes with very beautiful illustrations. Sales of the book are entirely intended for two associations dear to the hearts of Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Wales, namely The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund.
>>> The Platinium Jubilee cookbook, Ameer Kotecha, Bloomsbury, 2022, 336 p.