Raymond’s long-held plan to write a simple cookbook – inspired by his mother, Maman Blanc – began months before the Covid pandemic hit. Suddenly everything changed, and Raymond, like the rest of the world, struggled to find a way through lockdown. At home, and isolated from his family, he cooked and cooked. He opted for the simple dishes that evoked the happy memories, provided the connection to those he couldn’t be with. He focused on recipes that were neither a challenge nor fussy. They required ingredients that were easily-available and needed only basic kitchen equipment. Dish by dish, ‘Simply Raymond’ presents an irresistible feast. This is cooking from the heart, and here you’ll find must-make dishes to add to your weekly repertoire, as well as others for special occasions. There is also a profound poignancy to this book. Shortly before it was finished, his mother sadly passed away.