Allegra McEvedy is a British chef who collected recipes from her travels all over the world and scribed a biographical cookbook Bought, Borrowed & Stolen: Recipes and Knives from a Travelling Chef containing personal anecdotes and recipes organized by country.
In the early 1990s, Ms. McEvedy trained at London’s Cordon Bleu and eventually went on to helm actor Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Grill in New York. Later on in the 2000s, she co-founded LEON, a health-oriented fast food restaurant that has become a widely successful franchise operation found all over London.
McEvedy also happens to be an avid world kitchen knife collector, which she profiles (per country) followed by several recipes from the area. The cookbook’s illustration is stunning, and Ms. McEvedy’s writing — possibly influenced by her family’s writing background — is equally as colorful.
I literally just cracked the cookbook’s spine, but I’m eager to try my hand at some of the recipes such as the Burmese Duck Curry and Turkish kebabs. If anything, this book contains something for everyone’s diet and is a nice addition to the bookshelf.
by Gene Lee, Food and More blog