Many of us have developed (or re-developed) an interest in cooking during lockdown, especially those with packed schedules who had to scarf down a Pret salad between meetings or protein bar post-gym sesh rather than having the time to cook à la maison. Having said that, there's only so many times you can make Alison Roman's caramelised shallot pasta or bake your own sourdough before you're eager for new culinary inspiration.
The house of Dior have come to your rescue, having released a collection of founder couturier Christian Dior's favourite recipes, in digital format - now you can cook at home and recreate the legendary designer's lifestyle, even if you're far from gourmand Paris. The recipe collection is from the Dior book La Cuisine Cousu-Main, [English: tailor-made cuisine] originally published in 1972 as a limited edition with an aluminium cover, with illustrations by famed illustrator René Gruau.
As the great French chef Raymond Thuilier wrote in his introduction at the time, Christian Dior was 'a man who understood the meaning and the cult of beauty, ever in search of perfection, a man of heart and spirit, a true gourmet'. Apart from his designs, Dior was known for his love of food, and even toyed with the idea of a culinary career should his fashion fortunes fall out of favour, according to the New York Times.