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Irish-born Deseine is a popular cookbook author in France (F tes Maison; Cooking with Friends), where she now lives. Her cooking style and choice of recipes derive from American, Asian, British, French, Italian and other Mediterranean cuisines. Deseine takes slow-cooking methods simmering, stewing, infusing, caramelizing and preserving and repurposes them as time-saving techniques that allow busy cooks to prepare meals in advance and serve and eat them later. Deseine suggests buying certain appetizers (marinated or fresh cheeses; Aosta ham, which she serves raw with melon) and presenting them elegantly. Her family dishes Slow-Braised Oxtail Stew; Roast Belly of Pork incorporate fresh farmers' markets ingredients. American readers who may be unfamiliar with British cuisine will learn about homey classics such as Guinness Stew (beef braised in stout) and Cottage Pie (mashed potato-topped ground meat), along with traditional holiday cakes and the proper way to make a cup of tea. Informative, sometimes personal headnotes lead into the recipes (e.g., Rabbit in the Dairy, warns the intro, is "a pale, delicate dish that looks scarcely presentable"). Suggestions for transforming leftover chicken, duck and beef include salads, savory baked crumbles and creamy gratins. A section on "friend's favorites" seems like a tacked-on afterthought, though it serves to add an international touch with recipes like Emmanuelle's North African Tajine and Val rie's Baeckeoffe, an Alsatian stew of lamb, beef, pork and potatoes. The section on easy desserts features poached fruits (Figs in Port, Cherries in Kirsch, Peaches Stewed in Wine) as well as Chilled Coffee Gateau, which requires assembly, but no cooking. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844300723
  • Publisher: Octopus Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Cook With Style

    If you want to cook fast and simply, yet turn out mouth-watering meals like a Master Chef, then this is the cookbook for you! So many of these traditional European dishes can be assembled from a few simple ingredients which, when blended together, create a recipe that will leave your friends, family or dinner guests raving about your cooking skills.

    The photographs by Sylvain Thomas are also a marvelous compliment to the cookbook. Each is arranged with great care and attention to color, light and shadow and the very ambience of the dish itself. Just leafing through these marvelous images begs the reader to immerse himself/herself in this great cookbook. An asset to any kitchen shelf and with general appeal, as well.

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