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Beau Rivage chef Jean-Claude Garzia would hang about in the kitchen watching as his mother prepared meals for their large family each week.

It would seem those are lessons he took to heart.

The chef recently released his second book, 'Bon Appétit Bermuda'. Some of the recipes in it led to the success of his former restaurant, Hamilton's Lemon Tree Cafe.

Saffron mussels bisque, Macadamia Brazilian nut salad with chicken, onion pie and sauteed scampis with tomatoes and scented garlic are all there for the making.

“I'm really proud and it is just in time for Christmas,” he said.

“It is a friendly book, not aggressive, sandwiches, quiches, [and] in the same time it is a very decorative book.”

Photographs in the cookbook were taken by Scott Hill. The book was two years in the making.

“It is easy to follow,” the chef added. “It has easy to make recipes and it is has funny stories about cooking.

“I innovated new dishes from Bermuda and you can see an onion pie, scallops, fresh fish, scampi, paella, fishcakes they are Bermuda [recipes] with a different presentation.

“Other recipes include omelette, salmon, tuna, Dover sole dipped in paprika.”

Another recipe that many are likely to rush out and try their hand at is Mr Garzia's famed chicken pie it was a hit on the Lemon Tree menu.

He decided to utilise a fruit grown here in abundance. The result is the Bermuda loquat tarte tatin.

“I [had] loquat soufflé on my menu and I wanted to do something else.”

And then there are the traditional sauces for everything from seafood to steak.

For those fancying a little fresh pasta, he said: “I have lobster ravioli step-by-step; they are in the book and easy to make.

“This recipe includes tomato, spinach and squid ink pasta and is quite an explosion of flavour.

“I took the most popular dishes from the restaurant and put them out.”

His thoughts on finishing a second cookbook?

“I feel good because we are in a very, very hard time and to be able to produce something with a lot of investment.

“It is a great tool for tourism, it is a tool for my restaurant, it is an educative tool, [and] so everyone can learn how to cook.

“It took lots of hard work and lots of patience but it was thoughtfully put together. It's really a piece of art and love too.”

'Bon Appétit Bermuda' is available from local stores and at Beau Rivage, Newstead hotel.

Of Art and Love: Jean-Claude Garzia's new cook book Bon Appétit Bermuda is is stores around the Island and in his restaurant Beau Rivage.Photo by Tamell Simons Jean-Claude new cooking book Bon Appetit Bermuda.
Chef Jean-Claude Garzia seen in front of his former restaurant, Lemon Tree.
Photo by Tamell Simons Of Art and Love: Jean-Claude Garzia's new cook book Bon Appétit Bermuda is is stores around the Island and in his restaurant Beau Rivage.
Chef Jean-Claude Garzia with some of his creations

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Published December 10, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 11, 2010 at 7:42 am)

Local chef publishes his second cookbook

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