The Square The Cookbook – Volume 1: Savoury
Every so often a cookbook comes along that surpasses your expectations. The Square Cookbook Volume 1: Savoury is one . You can see the brilliance, curiosity and passion of Phillip Howard, at full throttle, and that refreshes my own love of food. (Matthew Fort)
There are some books we publish which, from the outset, you know are going to be special. This was true of the first book from Philip Howard: a collection of recipes from his restaurant, The Square. We knew we wouldn’t be able do the recipes justice in one volume, so it became two – a first volume, The Square: The Cookbook Volume 1: Savoury, followed by The Square: The Cookbook Volume 2: Sweet.
We knew we couldn’t limit it to the conventional two pages per recipe and food photo, so they each became either 4 or 6 pages. We knew we couldn’t illustrate anything less than every one of those recipes, so one of the world’s finest food photographers, Jean Cazals, did just that. And yet these measures, which bring this colossal first volume of Philip Howard’s recipes in at 528 pages, are only a small part of why this book is so special. It is special because it represents a collection of recipes from 21 years of one of the country’s finest and most consistently fine restaurants. Special because the chef who has been at the helm of that restaurant for all of those years is recognised as one of the very best of his generation.
But most of all, it is special because that chef has that rare ability to translate a genius in the restaurant kitchen into the words of a book. This was evident from the day we received the first written recipe, and, with it, Phil’s fiercely intelligent vision for how the book – and every recipe within it – should be structured. It is also manifest in the dozen or so essays that weave throughout, that show a profound consideration and passion for every aspect of his craft and industry. The Square: The Cookbook Volume 1: Savoury is a landmark publication and a must-have book for every chef and for every serious foodie without question. Yet it will not also fail to impress and inspire anyone with a desire for cooking and a thirst for food knowledge. It will be recognised as nothing less than an incredible achievement and a book of truly unbounded culinary ambition. (Review from Amazon listing)
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Book review from The Caterer website for Volume 1 – Savoury
The book is laid out in a very clean and precise way, each recipe being intelligently introduced in four short paragraphs titled Overview, Focus On, Key Components, and Timing, and, as expected if you know Phil, is written in a structured manner so precise there is very little room for error when following his recipes. There is no morsel of information left out of his instructions.
Phil has a passion for seasonal food, and this tome is a treatise about using the freshest possible ingredients and his technical appreciation for elegant, sophisticated French cooking, along with the recognition of the importance of simplicity and flavour…
The Square The Cookbook – Volume 2: Sweet
The second volume of the extraordinary work from two-Michelin-star chef, Philip Howard that began in September 2012 with The Square: The Cookbook Volume 1: Savoury. Regarded amongst his peers as one of the world’s great culinary artists, his lifetime of dedication and creativity have gone into writing this monumental work of gastronomic creativity and technical expertise.
The Square: The Cookbook Volume 2: Sweet gives precise instructions on how to create food of top Michelin standard. Meticulous, detailed and fiercely intelligent, this is a book that will set the benchmark for books of the highest culinary ambition. Featuring brilliant dishes such as his signature Brillat Savarin Cheesecake with Passion Fruit and Lime, and Lemon Posset with a Blueberry Compote and Warm Vanilla Beignets.
Philip Howard’s incredible second volume features a full repertoire of sweet recipes, each accompanied by the beautiful photography of Jean Cazals. A must-have book for all chefs, but a great book for keen amateurs and serious foodies alike. (Review from Amazon listing)
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