The Inn at Little Washington: A Consuming Passion
The Inn at Little Washington Cookbook: A Consuming Passion. ISBN 9780679447368. Copyright 1996. Hardcover with 208 pages and over 200 full color photographs.
This cookbook is the distillation of a life's work by a self-taught American chef who learned to cook by reading cookbooks and went on to become one of the world's most renowned chefs. O'Connell began his career with a catering business in an old farmhouse, cooking on a wood stove with an electric frying pan purchased for $1.49 at a garage sale. (The pan was used for boiling, sautéing and deep frying for parties of up to 300 guests.) This experience sharpened his awareness of how much could be done with very little. The catering business evolved into a country restaurant and inn which opened in 1978 in a defunct garage and is now America's only Five-Star Inn. Craig Claiborne raved, "the most magnificent inn I've ever seen, in this country or Europe, where I had the most fantastic meal of my life."
Tim Turner's luscious photographs capture the playful but elegant spirit of the food and introduce the reader to some of the charming local characters who provide products for the Inn's kitchen as well as taking the reader on a delightful and romantic culinary journey throughout the Virginia countryside surrounding the small town affectionately known as "Little" Washington.
A Mount Vernon bookplate, signed by the author, is included with your purchase.
Patrick O’Connell visited Mount Vernon on June 16, 2018 for the Inn at Little Washington 40th Anniversary Dinner.