Good Together Cookbook Review

Good Together Cookbook Review

Title: Good Together: Drink & Feast with Mr. Lyan & Friends
Author: Ryan Chetiyawardana
Published: September 28, 2017, Frances Lincoln
No. of Pages: 224
Cover Price: $29.99 Hardcover

Rarely does a cookbook come along that contains absolutely nothing tempting enough to put forth the effort to cook. However, Good Together: Drink & Feast with Mr. Lyan & Friends is one of those rare cookbooks. Mr. Lyan runs two very famous bars in London, and there is no doubt that he is gifted when coming up with fancy drinks and running bars. However, in an effort to add upscale recipes, Mr. Lyan has paired his tempting drinks with famous chef’s recipes that have absolutely no appeal to the mainstream cook or foodie. Most of the recipes are for dishes that will most likely appeal to the pretentious, who think that eating ostentatious and extravagant foods will make them somehow better than all of the other humans who eat.

Even in a cookbook as unappealing as this (personally, I have over 7,000 cookbooks in my recipe collection and have over 30 years of experience reviewing and cooking from them, and so know what constitutes a good or a poor cookbook for most people), there are positive aspects. The photographs, especially of the drinks, are beautiful. The prose is well-written and easy to understand. The book is organized and it is easy to find what you are searching for.

This is a cookbook for food snobs. Since the focus is on the drinks, it is also a book for those looking for unique and fun cocktails. It is for that reason alone – fancy drinks - that Good Together: Drink & Feast with Mr. Lyan & Friends has any appeal at all, and the only reason to actually purchase it. For those who appreciate good cookbooks, this is definitely one to skip.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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