To Set Before A Queen
The Royal Cookery of Mrs McKee
Edited by Maureen Owen
Alma McKee, cook to both Her Majesty the Queen and the late Queen Mother, was working for the Queen and Prince Philip at Clarence House at the time of the Accession. Mrs McKee recounts that when the Queen moved to Buckingham Palace she asked her to write down a selection of her recipes.
Here is a unique collection of recipes that vividly evoke life upstairs and downstairs in the royal households, full of anecdote and sharp insights into a hidden world. At Clarence House, with the resources of the royal estates at her disposal for the supply of cream, game, poultry and vegetables, she was to cook meals enjoyed by most of the crowned heads of Europe, politicians and a host of distinguished guests. Her recipes are spiced with her tales of the great and famous and of the not so famous. Mrs McKee reveals the secrets of a royal cook, from simple tips to menu planning. Her matter-of-fact approach and sensible presentation of cooking in a grand manner offer us all the opportunity to share in the style enjoyed by the Queen and the Royal Family.