I was sent a copy of “Good Together” by Ryan Chetiyawardana to review, seemed like a good idea. Some of the stuff that he’s done in drinks has been fantastic, like the Rainy Day Spritz. I thought I might love this.
It was fascinating to me, that there’s a whole group of people who cook like this. There are people who would ferment beetroot two weeks in advance of a get-together.
Heck, that means there are people who plan get-togethers two weeks in advance!
There are also people who would create a dessert for friends with five different elements. Five. A whisky parfait. Swiss Meringue. Plum and tobacco purée. Whisky and cigar water gelatine. Crystallised cigar leaf.
I’d have stopped at the first one.
Look, it’s a beautiful looking book. I spent ages wondering where different plates, bowls and glasses were from. Heck, I even wanted to drink some of the cocktails. I just didn’t want to have to try that hard to entertain my friends.
My loved ones would gather round a casserole dish of chilli, a bottle of red wine and my non-ironic mismatched glasses. The chilli might have eight ingredients top. Nine if you include the rice.
There are people that this book is going to be just brilliant for. They’re just not my people.
And probably not reading this anyway.