Sotheby’s Café is celebrating its tenth birthday with the publication of a cookbook for the cultured.
Head chef Laura Greenfield, who has been at the café for four
years, presents an eclectic mix of 40 of her favourite recipes
organised by season (and yes, this does include the auction
season), from lemon ricotta stuffed courgette flowers to bellini
sorbet, alongside recommendations of the ideal accompaniment from
head of Sotheby's wine department Serena Sutcliffe.
Ms Greenfield is accustomed to cooking not only for Bond Street
regulars but also international collectors and dealers and adapts
her menu accordingly, constantly perceptive of her food's tie to
art and the auction calendar.
For example, borscht becomes a staple on the menu for Russians
arriving for the November sales, while Asia Week sees the carte du
jour take on an Oriental twist, an international variety reflected
in the cookbook.
In the 160-page book, each recipe is interspersed with images and
articles exploring the relationship between food and art.
Accompanying the recipe for lobster club sandwich is Cecil Beaton's
photograph of Wallis Simpson wearing a Surrealist lobster dress by
Dalì and Schiaparelli, while Sotheby's specialists explore topics
from the café culture of the Impressionists to the development of
the dining room and the use of food in Contemporary Art.
The list of contributors includes artists, chefs, art historians
and interior designers from the likes of the National Gallery,
Harper's Bazaar, and the White Cube Gallery.
The hardback books are available at Sotheby's offices worldwide
and can be ordered through catalogue subscriptions (020 7293 6444)
and online at www.sothebys.com.
By Stephanie Harris
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