Good Together, Drink & Feast with Mr Lyan and Friends

Thursday 26 October 2017

Good food good drink, good company.  Its an easy recipe for a good time. This lovely book, published by Frances Lincoln, entitles GOOD TOGETHER Drink & Feast with Mr Lyan and Friends, by Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan) call on his many friends from the world's best restaurants to share dishes they love to make for friends and family, served along side of his stellar cocktails, providing the perfect stellar social gather, be it large or small, raucous or intimate, night or day with the people you love.

Ryan says:  "In my first book, Good Things to Drink, I talked about the worlds of food and drink being one and the same, and that they should be treated that way.  And also, how the right food and drink can help shape the mood of an occasion. I wanted to expand on that here, so for Good Together, I called on some of my favourite friends from the world of food, and some of the best chefs in the world.  This isn't about trying to reproduce dishes from their (Excellent!) restaurants and this isn't about pairings! I've not included drinks from my bars - its much smarter to have something that is exciting and delicious but straightforward to make."

"The recipes are here to inspire, and the chefs offer brilliant advice and ideas.  This is a guide to drinks and dishes that fit a particular mood or occasion, be it a cosy night in or a summer BBQ, and also work well together; an experience of co-creating food and drinks so they fit the whole experience - practicality, weight and flavours - and help elevate a gathering to something memorable and excellent. Its all very adaptable and easily ownable.  For example, where I've suggested a gin, you can substitute vodka. Likewise, if you don't like any of the herbs and spices adjust the recipes to your own tastes. Experimentation, trial and error is all part of the fun. Hopefully Good Together will enthuse you to create some really special  moments." 

From an enormous summer BBQ to an intimate romantic dinner, this book covers an impressive range of occasions and holidays, showing how a great feast and delicious cocktails can easily be part of everyone’s lives and social gatherings. A menu of world-class cocktails are crafted to suit recipes contributed by a variety of chefs including - Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), James Lowe (Lyle’s), Nieves Barragán Mohacho (Barrafina), Roca (El Celler de can Roca), Robin Gill (The Dairy), Isaac McHale (The Clove Club), Tien Ho (Whole Foods) and Richard Hart (Tartine) among many others. This is a very unique guide to the complete social gathering.

Scattered throughout the many recipes for delicious sounding cocktails and edibles are beautifully enticing  photographs . . .

And quirky illustrations done by Ryan, himself.  

Ryan Chetiyawardana is the man  behind the award-winning London bar Dandelyan, and his new venture Super Lyan (Previously White Lyan). He's celebrated around the world for his inventive cocktail menus and magic way with a shaker ad is at the forefront of innovation within the drinks industry having been involved in several of the UK's best bars for over a decade. He has been named UK Bartender of the year twice and in 2015 was named "International Bartender of the Year" at the hightly acclaimed Tales of the Cocktail. As well Dandelyan in the Mondrian Hotel and Super Lyan in Hoxton, the Mr Lyan brand includes a retil rane of five bottled cocktails, available to buy from Selfrides and online at aser of Malt. 2015 also saw Ryan launch his debut book Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends, a collect of recipes for at home drink making. 

This would make a great Christmas Gift for the person in your life
who loves to entertain with great cocktails and delicious food! The 
recipes look very sound and do-able, and yes, fun!

 GOOD TOGETHER, Drink & Feast with Mr Lyan and Friends
by Ryan Chetiyawardana
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (28 Sept. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711238979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711238978 

Note - I was provided with a book for review by Frances Lincoln free of charge, but was not required to write a positive review in exchange. Any opinions are my own. 

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