The Complete Robuchon

The Complete Robuchon

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ISBN-13: 9780307267191
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/04/2008
Pages: 832
Sales rank: 132,421
Product dimensions: 7.64(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.91(d)

About the Author

Joël Robuchon was born in Poitiers, France, in 1945 and began his apprenticeship at a hotel restaurant when he was fifteen years old. In 1981, he opened his own restaurant in Paris, Jamin, which had earned three Michelin stars by 1984. It was the fastest rise in the guidebook's history. Named "Chef of the Century" in 1989 by the Gault Millau, he now works as a consultant and runs L’Atelier restaurants around the world.

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Flap Steak with Shallots
Bavette à l'échalote
SERVES 4

The unusual cut we call flap steak is called bavette d'aloyau in France. It is difficult to find in the United States, so you might try substituting skirt steak. An exceedingly tasty and juicy cut, it must be cooked rare or it becomes tough.

1.Remove the meat from the refrigerator 15 minutes in advance. Prepare a cooling rack over a large plate or set a small overturned plate on top of a large one.

2.Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper. Put the butter in the skillet. When it foams, lay the steaks in the skillet, in a motion away from you. Sear the steaks over high heat for 2 minutes. Turn them and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. Reduce the heat to very low and remove the meat to the rack. Season with a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper on both sides.

3.Add the shallots to the skillet and cook over the lowest possible heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. It is important that they not turn dark brown. When they are lightly colored, add the vinegar, turn the heat up just a little bit, and cook for 30 seconds. Season with a pinch of salt.

4.Put the steaks on a platter and pour the shallot sauce all over. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.




Potato and Leek Gratin

Gratin de pommes de terre et de poireaux
SERVES 4

A mandoline will make slicing the potatoes easier, but you can also do it by hand.

1.Preheat the oven to 250°F and place a rack in the bottom third of the oven.

2.Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a saucepan. When it foams, add the leek and season with 1 pinch of salt and 1 dash of pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. The leek should not color.

3.In a bowl, combine the crème fraîche, 1 pinch of salt, 2 pinches of five-spice powder, and 1 dash of pepper.

4.Butter a baking dish. Put down one-third of the potatoes in a layer. Top with one-third of the potatoes in a layer. Top with one-third of the leeks and one-third of the seasoned crème fraîche. Repeat twice.

5.Pour 1 quart water into a deep sheet pan or dish large enough to accommodate the dish of potatoes and leeks. Put the gratin dish in the water and put both in the oven for 45 minutes.


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littleevildragon More than 1 year ago
I like the way that the author explains how to put proper french meals together and the way his recipes are explained. He gives explanations on cooking techniques and advice on wine parings with certain foods. This inspired me to cook my way through his cookbook.
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