As Crystal marks its 30th Anniversary of cruising this year, the company has unveiled ‘Taste’, a commemorative cookbook celebrating the onboard culinary experience that has long been one of the most acclaimed elements of the award-winning brand.
From cover to cover, ‘Taste‘ takes readers and aspiring chefs on a global journey through the destinations Crystal explores and the traditions and stories surrounding the cuisine from around the world. In all, 64 Michelin-inspired recipes – each including a curated wine pairing from Crystal’s expert sommeliers – will bring flavors from Crystal ships to the home tables of luxury travelers.
“Crystal has a 30-year legacy of unmatched culinary excellence, inspired by the world we explore and then reimagined by our incredibly talented culinary team. We are thrilled to offer this rare chance for our guests to recreate their favorite dishes at home,” said Toni Neumeister, senior vice president of hotel operations for Crystal. “Creating ‘Taste’ has been a nostalgic labor of love, as we reflect on the many wonderful moments and stories shared over these very dishes aboard our ships. Crystal’s cuisine has been the centerpiece of many of our guests’ most memorable travel moments, and we’re quite proud of that.”
In its more than 260 pages, recipes range from appetizers and salads, pastas and soups, seafood and fish, vegetarian to signature cocktails, and more. Entrees include Beef Wellington, baked quail and potato gnocchi, while the dessert selection features mango pavlova and Kaiserschmarrn or “emperor’s mess.” Every dish is brought to life by stunning photography and detailed instructions for preparation. In addition to wine pairings like Penfolds Grange Bin 95 2013 Shiraz and Château Rieussec, Sauternes, Premier Cru, craft cocktail recipes from Crystal’s signature menus complement the cuisine beautifully. The Crystal Signature Manhattan, Gin & Jam and No Sin Gin, Silk Rose will all spark creativity at the bar for home chefs.
The limited-edition ‘Taste’ is available only to guests sailing aboard select 30th Anniversary Collection sailings in 2020, who will receive a complimentary gift copy in each stateroom. Guests not sailing on a 30th Anniversary Collection voyage may purchase their cookbook onboard for $59.95 USD or €55 on Crystal River Cruises. The cookbook will be added to guest’s onboard folio and shipped to their home following their voyage. Guests may also use shipboard credit to purchase Taste if they wish.