The Complete Book of French Cooking: Classic Recipes and Techniques

Flammarion. Sept. 2023. 544p. ISBN 9782080421937. $45. COOKING
Want to up your culinary game when it comes to French cuisine, but can’t afford a trip to Paris? This cookbook, written by a duo of cooking instructors at a hospitality school in Brittany, is the next-best thing to enrolling at Le Cordon Bleu. Not only does this hefty tome dish up 165 classic recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts, the authors also provide the base recipes that make up the building blocks of French cuisine and instruct readers on the culinary skills and techniques they need to execute each dish successfully. As a bonus, each of the recipe chapters opens with a culinary contribution from celebrated chefs such as Anne-Sophie Pic and Alain Passard.
VERDICT While there is the occasional lost-in-culinary-translation moment (French cheese straws are nothing like their American or British appetizer equivalent), this exhaustive, authoritative guide to classic French cuisine is an excellent starting point for anyone hoping to master the art of French cooking.
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