The second ‘cookbook’ written by Patrick O’Connell, Refined American Cuisine: The Inn at Little Washington is a marvel to behold. The word cookbook was placed in quotes because this book could easily pass for a coffee table book. Visually stunning, the book is filled with gorgeous photos of every dish and of the local areas.
With his partner, Reinhardt Lynch, Patrick O’Connell has been running The Inn at Little Washington since the late seventies. A self-taught chef O’Connell is an award winning chef with a number of credits under his belt including a Five Star rating for dining and lodging. It is not difficult to believe the aclaim O’Connell has received after viewing the recipes in this book. The detail, the innovation and combinations of tastes and textures make it easy to understand why these elegant dishes have garnered such attention.
Along with recipes for every need, from breakfast to dessert, Refined American Cuisine also includes a brief history of the inn and interesting annecdotes and remembrances from the chef. Sprinkled throughout the book, the photos of the chef, his staff and the Inn help you feel as if you have actually visited The Inn at Little Washington and certainly make you wish you were there right now.
Throughout this magnificent book, the detail demonstrates that even the simplest thing can be elegant. It may seem to be a strange choice but below is the recipe for Bar Nuts found in the Snacks and Canapes section. With so many holiday get-togethers this month, I thought it be nice to put out an elegant little snack instead of just opening a can of nuts, or you could even put them into an attractive container to give as a gift.