With "The Pleasure is All Mine", anyone can enjoy a Steak au Poivre with Frites, Three-Cheese Ravioli, Coconut Fish Curry with Homemade Naan Bread, or a Wild Blueberry Free-Form Tart without the expense and hassle of restaurants or fussy dinner guests. The 100 uncomplicated, exquisite recipes in this collection are simple to prepare and require no fancy equipment. With just a skillet, bowl, knife, and a few perfect ingredients, Pirret makes great solo dining effortless-and she offers inspired wine and cocktail pairings, too, to make dinner complete. Edgy and bursting with personality, "The Pleasure is All Mine" is also filled with a wealth of devilishly entertaining stories based on her experiences living in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and London.
"Pirret, a Harvard-trained actor and a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu who once worked as Jamie Oliver's pastry chef, describes her "naughty" cookbook as one that "doesn't take itself too seriously." The recipes (geared to singles) are interspersed between Pirret's recollections of eating at restaurants with friends and lovers, cooking for guests, and other life experiences. Although most of the recipes are not difficult, they assume some experience in a kitchen. The ingredients may be too expensive for some singles-e.g., lobster, foie gras, truffles. Yet comfort dishes like mac 'n' cheese and fish and chips are also included. Wine and beer recommendations accompany the recipes. The "Bare Bones Cupboard" she details is just that-sea salt, peppercorns, extra virgin olive oil, 70-percent dark chocolate, bread, butter, eggs, cheese, herbs, lemons, and alcohol. Even if you are not single and don't like to cook, this is an entertaining book." Library Journal
Suzanne Pirret is a Harvard-trained actor, an award-winning voiceover artist, and a graduate of the Cordon Bleu in both Paris and London. For more than a decade, she has worked in the restaurant and catering industries in New York and London, notably as Jamie Oliver's pastry chef in London at the critically acclaimed nonprofit restaurant Fifteen. She lives in London.