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Simply Raymond: Recipes from Home [9781472267603]

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Featuring recipes from Raymond’s new ITV series – SIMPLY RAYMOND BLANC

‘Of the many cookery books that I have written, this one has the most extraordinary story,’ says Raymond Blanc. His long-held plan to write a simple cookbook – inspired by his mother, Maman Blanc – began months before the Covid pandemic hit.

Suddenly everything changed, and Raymond, like the rest of the world, struggled to find a way through lockdown. At home, and isolated from his family – as well as his army of chefs at the world-renowned two-star Michelin restaurant Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and his Brasserie Blanc restaurants – Raymond cooked and cooked. He opted for the simple dishes that evoked the happy memories, provided the connection to those he could not be with. He focused on recipes that were neither a challenge nor fussy. They required ingredients that were easily-available and needed only basic kitchen equipment. The result is Simply Raymond. It is a collection of his favourite home-cooked recipes – the dishes that mean the most to him; the ones that connect family and friends, and dishes that took him on stove-side travels to other parts of the world.

Dish by dish, Simply Raymond presents an irresistible feast. This is cooking from the heart, and here you’ll find must-make dishes to add to your weekly repertoire, as well as others for special occasions.

There is also a profound poignancy to this book. Shortly before Raymond finished writing it, his mother sadly passed away. This book is a heartfelt tribute to her, created with passion and thoughtfulness. It is also a testament to the great pleasure derived from stepping into a kitchen, simply to cook simply for others. Something he has done all of his life.

Recipes include:

* Cod Cassoulet with Chorizo and Mixed Beans
* A Quick Ratatouille
* Cauliflower and Red Lentil Dhal
* White Onion Soup
* Beetroot Salad with Hot Smoked Salmon
* Salade Nicoise
* Tartiflette
* Strawberry and Mascarpone Tart


Raymond Blanc OBE is acknowledged as one of the finest chefs in the world. Completely self-taught, his influence on gastronomy is so great that he is the only chef to have been honoured with both an OBE from Britain and the Legion d'honneur from France.

His beautiful hotel restaurant, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, has retained two Michelin stars for thirty-five years and was voted Best Hotel and Best Food Hotel of the Year by the Caterer's Hotelier Top 100 Awards. Raymond has written more than ten books and presented many television shows. He is honorary President of The Sustainable Restaurant Association and Vice President of Garden Organic.

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  • 5
    Simply Raymond

    Posted by Gwyneth Gulliman on 5th Mar 2022

    Excellent recipe book from Monsieur Blanc, one wouldn’t expect anything less really! Recipes are inspiring and easy to follow with no ridiculous ingredients or instructions so complicated the amateur cook would be completely fazed by them! Lovely ! The anecdotal notes and references to his home and family are most endearing and give the recipes a truly homely feel which is what RB states he wants to create for the reader and cook!

  • 5
    Super The best of both worlds a world class chef with easy to follow recipes.

    Posted by Carolanne Titmus on 31st Dec 2021

    Having spent some amazing times at his stunning hotel and enjoyed many lunches and dinners too I am thrilled to be able to make the most of all his experience in easy-to-follow and affordable ingredients for myself. and the company of course. Please put this place on your bucket list.

  • 5
    Beautiful book

    Posted by Bev on 25th Jun 2021

    I loved the series and love this book. It has a heart and embraces beautiful ingredients/good rustic home cooking. Simply love it. Bless Raymond loosing his beloved Mother x

  • 5
    Brilliant Book

    Posted by Susan on 21st Jun 2021

    This Book is Brilliant. Excellent Recipe`s that are Tasty to do.
    The Chicken,Mustard, and white wine recipe is lovely. It is also interesting to read about Raymond`s Life

  • 5
    Simply Raymond

    Posted by Jennifer Hall on 31st May 2021

    What a wonderful cookery book from an inspirational chef ...inspired by his lovely and much loved mother .Beautifully written introduction ,it was to hear that his Mamon died and that he also suffered last year ...out of bad comes good I immediately made the chicken snd Dijon mustard recipe ...formidable ! Looking forward to trying some of the others

  • 5
    Simply Raymond

    Posted by Yuri Marchenko on 15th May 2021

    Excellent, from an excellent Chef, thank you Raymond.

  • 5
    Excellent recipes

    Posted by Brian Tennant on 14th May 2021

    Lovely book full of interesting and tasty recipes to try out which are not too complicated and easy to follow.

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