A Platinum Jubilee cookbook has been announced, and it will celebrate the importance of breaking bread with people from around the world, as per the foreword written by Prince Charles and Camilla. In their message, they praise the nation’s welcoming of “one another’s culinary heritage into our homes” and describes how the UK’s food scene has “transformed” during the Queen’s reign.
- To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, a cookbook with over 70 recipes from around the world will be released.
- With a foreword written by Charles and Camilla, the cookbook celebrates the “profound, almost spiritual, significance of breaking bread with others” and will include anecdotes on how food has played a role in Britain’s diplomatic visits.
- In other royal news, Prince Charles remarks upon colossal ‘sacrifice’ as he reflects on the heartfelt words of his ancestor.
History has been made in 2022, with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee marking her 70th year on the throne—the first British monarch to reach this milestone.
Celebrations have been planned throughout the year, culminating in a concert at Buckingham Palace, and different industries are getting involved to commemorate just how much the world has changed throughout Her Majesty’s reign and how she has been witness to such transformations—and this includes food.
In the Platinum Jubilee cookbook, Prince Charles and Camilla’s foreword explains how “Seventy years ago, when The Queen came to the Throne, the culinary outlook in the United Kingdom was bleak...several foods were still rationed and the meager choice of ingredients on offer posed a challenge to even the most creative cook.”
They continue that “meals from other parts of the world were almost unheard of. The only option for a takeaway was the ever-faithful fish and chips; and olive oil was sold in small bottles by chemists, for medical rather than culinary use.”
Hailing how the scene has been “transformed” and “more than ever before we welcome one another’s culinary heritage into our homes – and, for this, we are deeply grateful”, the Platinum Jubilee cookbook will feature 70 recipes from British embassies and high commissions, including marmalade from the Madrid embassy and green fish curry from the Islamabad High Commission.
As well as the recipes themselves, the cookbook will include anecdotes about the use of food in British diplomacy throughout the decades.
“On all Royal Visits, food plays an important part, presenting opportunities to enjoy a taste of the host nation’s culinary heritage, while also offering a chance to share the best of British cuisine,” Charles and Camilla write.
“We recognise some of the dishes here, from the British-Malaysian fusion Rendang Beef Wellington we enjoyed in Kuala Lumpur, through to the utterly delicious whisky bread and butter pudding we enjoyed in Washington.”
The cookbook will be available to buy from April 28.
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