When you cook for kings and queens, dinner needs to be perfect.

PATRICK LAMB HAD BEEN DEAD for a year when his first (and only) cookbook was published in 1710. The first edition of Royal cookery, or, The complete court-cook sold badly. The problem? No one could afford to make his recipes. But Lamb wasn’t an ordinary chef. Lamb published specific diagrams on how to set a table for kings and queens.

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Bessarabsky Market, Kyiv. Ukraine
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