Alain Ducasse Nature: Simple, Healthy, and Good

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Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse challenges the clichéd image of French food as complicated and heavy. Here he goes back to basics and rediscovers the pleasures of simple French food based on healthy, locally sourced ingredients that are in season, without the fat and without the fuss. 

The book features charming line drawings and mouthwatering food photography by one of France’s most acclaimed food photographers. Sidebars and asides ...

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Overview

Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse challenges the clichéd image of French food as complicated and heavy. Here he goes back to basics and rediscovers the pleasures of simple French food based on healthy, locally sourced ingredients that are in season, without the fat and without the fuss. 

The book features charming line drawings and mouthwatering food photography by one of France’s most acclaimed food photographers. Sidebars and asides containing useful snippets of Ducasse’s experience and advice are peppered throughout.  

With over 190 simple yet sublime dishes, Ducasse highlights a wide range of flavor combinations in which vegetables, fruits, and grains take pride of place, while animal protein is used sparingly for flavor. Ducasse casts aside preconceived notions of French food to reveal its essence—seasonal produce, fresh flavors, and hearty, healthy dishes meant to be shared with friends and family.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Veteran restaurateur and cookbook author Ducasse (Spoon) offers cooks a wealth of French-inspired dishes that make the most out of produce in this collection of nearly 200 recipes. Featured here are novel takes on timeworn classics, such as pizza with porcini mushrooms, smoked bacon, and walnuts; grilled salmon with sesame polenta fingers; slow-cooked lamb with sage and pearl barley; and the relatively simple basque-style baked eggs. Many of these dishes will inspire (and require) a trip to the market, but Ducasse's imaginative use of common vegetables is remarkable. Though painfully precious and particular at times (guacamole requires the blanching and seeding of a single small tomato, black truffles and port go into mac and cheese, one dish requires a free-range chicken that has been specifically corn-fed, and cooks are encouraged to seek out black olives from Nice, France for tapenade) the hits outnumber the far-fetched misses. Cooks may find the recipes frustrating at first—the ingredients are embedded in the recipes, and making it easy to gloss over a key ingredient. However, once readers have familiarized themselves with Ducasse and his approach, they'll be whipping up Michelin Star-worthy dishes in no time. Photos. (Feb.)
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"While Adour Alain Ducasse awaits the appointment of a new full-time head chef, its menu is getting a slight tweak. Beginning tomorrow, the restaurant's vegetarian tasting menu will be replaced with a health-focused "Nature" menu that will coincide with the recent release Ducasse's new book, Alain Ducasse Nature: Simple, Healthy, and Good. The five-course menu will run you $85 (same price as the vegetarian menu), with wine pairings going for an extra $85. It will be available through April. Take a first look, straight ahead." ~New York Magazine


"Health-minded cookbooks can have a whiff of self-righteousness—or be just plain bland. And those penned by Michelin-star-rated chefs can prove intimidating. Somehow, Alain Ducasse's Nature: Simple, Healthy and Good is neither. Published first in France, the gorgeous book—thanks in part to adorable sketches by Christine Roussey—actually made us hungry." ~Wall Street Journal

"Skillfully illustrated by Christine Roussey, the book follows the bespectacled Ducasse, his nutritionist cowriter Paule Neyrat, and Plaza Athénée head chef Christophe Saintagne as they take a conversational tour through an elaborate vegetable patch. And though bucolic, Nature never lets go of Ducasse’s signature finesse, bringing you inspired takes on produce, such as vegetables à la barigoule with vanilla." ~Vogue

"In his new book Nature: Simple, Healthy and Good, inspired by a series he's published in French, Ducasse's recipes are built on ingredients that are both nutritional and flavor powerhouses: whole grains, seafood, and nutrient-dense vegetables. If any chef can make healthy dishes taste divine, it's Ducasse." ~Epicurious.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847838400
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 495,308
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Ducasse is one of the most renowned chefs of his generation. He is also a restaurant designer, hotelier, and teacher of the culinary arts. Over thirty years, he has developed a unique savoir faire, which has helped define the contemporary art of living and eating. He is the first chef worldwide whose restaurants have been awarded three Michelin stars in two different cities. Paule Neyrat is a dietician, nutritionist, and author.
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