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  • Posted December 28, 2008

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    A Must Have For Classic French Chefs

    This is a great book but if suffers from the same problem that many reference books on French cooking suffer. It's doesn't give much detail on making the recipes in the book. Now in the case of this book that's easily forgivable because this is more of an encyclopedia than a cookbook but none the less it's a problem if your a beginner. Which is why I don't recommended this book if your new to the kitchen. For example it doesn't tell you the right kind of knife to use to cut a Tomato or how long you should cook a 2 pound quail. It just gives ingredients and what to do with them and some general proportions. That is all fine and good if you already know how to cook and just want to know how to make this particular dish. That being said this is THE premier reference if your into French cuisine. The book also covers a fair amount of European food as well as some world dishes outside the western tradition. It is pricey and that is really it's only flaw. Also, if your just interested in the recipes in this book there is a companion series that is just recipes taken from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    The one ring to rule them all

    As an adept home cook, I found the LG a celebration with style and grace of all that food might be. It distinguishes itself from CIA7 as Chanel distinguishes itself from Northface. I bought both books and the LG may not be the procedural equal to CIA7 but compensates with greater aesthetic reach. You may look through 40 recipes to prepare pike, each various, and each expressive. It is organized as an encyclopedia rather than the methodological approach of most cookbooks. One searches like an archivist tracking down one¿s culinary hopes and dreams, changing and reformulating recipes and menus as you go. I¿m blissed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    The Larousse Gastronomique spells Home Run!

    The Larousse Gastronomique is not called the world's greatest culinary encyclopedia for nothing. This work is awe-inspiring, a definitive reference book for both amateur and professional cooks, or for those of us who simply like to read about food.

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