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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

    That's what Le Gavroche Cookbook embodies and makes available to the reader, whether aspiring chef or home cook. Michel Roux Jr., one of the world's leading chefs, bring the wisdom of his life long training and the creativity of his distinctive cuisine together in his first beautifully written and easily understandable volume, available in British or American format. Open the cover and commence by reaquainting yourself with the history of the renowned Roux Brothers, who laid the foundation of classic French cooking in London over 30 years ago, forever changing the dining scene there. Michel Jr., son of Albert, has continued building upon that foundation, demonstrating slight adaptations of traditional methods, not sacrificing, simply enhancing them to suit the modern palate's desire for lighter fare. A chapter on planning, and one on wine selection inspires you to entertain! He advises to plan ahead-- developing your menu by first reading and organizing recipes so that nothing sneaks up on you. After all, this is Michelin Star cooking! At this point, you'd better break out the linen, crystal, silver and heirloom china-- and brush up on your French cooking techniques... Because this cuisine deserves nothing less than your best! Even the quicker, simple dishes can feel like a celebration! So go for it! He encourages everyone to take pleasure in shopping for the highest quality ingredients, and enjoy what you are about to create, as it's all about nutritional value, flavor, but most assuredly the pleasures of nature's glorious abundance! When it comes to selecting wines to serve with your dishes, suggestions are made, and not all are priced 'out of this world'. Careful consideration by Le Gavroche's head sommelier has produced many listings for affordable vintages. French wines for French food... Exquisite! Then dive into the recipes for Canapes, and plan to test your skills on those richly flavored morsels that will stimulate the palates of your lucky guests while they enjoy their aperitif... The main recipes are proven Gavroche favorites, organized by season. He offers a variety of dishes, often highlighted by the use of caviar and truffles designed to enhance ingredients that are at their peak of texture, color, flavor and availability. All with appropriate accompaniments, garnishes and sublime sauces. These elevate it all to the next level of sophistication! Illustrated throughout with beautiful color photos, most demonstrating the plating techniques used at the restaurant, along with candid black and whites that lend a behind the scenes look at the kitchen and some of Chef's team members. Wrap your divine dinner party up with one of his stunning desserts (my favorite is the Warm Bitter Chocolate Tart!), or delightful assortment of delicate Petit Fours, and the only thing missing-- would be the top service team in London. Which alas, can only be found at Le Gavroche! Thank you Chef, for sharing your cultivated taste for the finer things in life!

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