Book of the Week: 'Valentino: At The Emperor’s Table'
A toast to the host with the most
Renowned for the beauty and glamour of his iconic designs, Valentino Garavani has always been known for his elegant way of life, as well as being a legendary party host. Delving into his opulent world, Assouline has now unveiled Valentino: At The Emperor's Table – a new book on the Italian designer's favourite settings and recipes particular to each home. From flan au chèvre served in porcelain in Gstaad to Mediterranean-inspired plates aboard the T.M Blue One.
Shot by famed Italian photographer Oberto Gili, André Leon Talley wrote the introduction to At the Emperor's Table, "Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world."
In the beautiful volume, Valentino also touches upon being friends with Jackie Kennedy, what he finds difficult to cook and his childhood, “My mother was a nice cook but not the best entertainer. She would serve one kind of food. The next day you would get leftovers, and even the day after that. I don’t do leftovers anymore.”