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Kitchen Secrets [Hardcover]

Raymond Blanc
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Book Description

21 Feb 2011

Raymond Blanc is revered as a culinary legend, whose love of delicious food is lifelong. Years of experience have given him a rich store of knowledge and the skill to create fantastic dishes that work time after time. With a range of

achievable and inspirational recipes for cooks of all abilities, Kitchen Secrets is all about bringing Gallic passion and precision into the home kitchen. Raymond has done all the hard work, refining recipes over months and even years until they are quite perfect. Every recipe includes explanations and hints to ensure that your results are consistently brilliant.

Dishes that once seemed plain, or impossibly complex, suddenly become simple and elegant; the book's sixteen chapters include classics like watercress soup, chicory and Roquefort salad, cep ravioli, apricot cassoulet, chicken liver parfait, confit salmon, moules marnière, grilled dover sole, home cured ham, pot au feu, lambs liver persillade,

roast wild duck, lamb cutlets, galette des Rois, cherry clafoutis and Maman Blanc's own chocolate mousse.

With scores of recipes from both series of Kitchen Secrets, this is guaranteed to be a must-have for anybody with a love of French cuisine and finesse.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (21 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408816873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408816875
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Entirely self-taught while growing up in the Franche-Comte region of eastern France, Raymond Blanc has been a restauranteur since 1977, and has nurtured the talents of scores of the world's finest chefs in his kitchens. The face of the BBC's The Restaurant, in which he puts nine couples through their paces for a chance to become his partner in owning a restaurant, Raymond was recently awarded an OBE in recognition of his efforts to promote culinary excellence. Author of the seminal Foolproof French Cookery and owner of a number of Michelin-starred restaurants, he was also recently awarded a Lifetime Acheivement Award at The Catey Awards - the catering industry's 'Oscars'.

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Our favourite Frenchman still sets the standards to which future generations of chefs aspire (Observer)

Only a few great chefs are produced every century. Raymond Blanc is one of those great chefs (Marco Pierre White)

This book is a must (Daily Express)


Blanc's kitchen skills are self-evident, but it's his style that is so compelling (Guardian)

A culinary crusade to demystify the tricks of haute cuisine (Observer)

Kitchen Secrets caters for both the inexperienced chef and gourmand, who are lacking knowledge ... You'll find Raymond's advice dotted among his gorgeous and varied dishes (Woman and Home)

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The tie-in to the second series of the highly acclaimed BBC2 series of the same name

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for special occasions 12 April 2011
Raymond Blanc gives clear instructions with a beautiful colour photograph of each recipe. He anticipates any queries with footnote tips on how to deal with them. Each recipe is a clear step by step guide as in his recent Kitchen Secrets TV programme. The recipes are for special occasions or those who like to produce really good meals at home. I am an experienced cook but found much to learn here. It is not a basic cook book for which there is the excellent Delia. A valued buy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My number1 31 Mar 2011
This book takes you up another level of cooking with total ease.
The recipes are very easy to follow helped by the secrets and tips given and so far everything has looked as it does in the book.
The Lemon Cake is a dream, the Chicken with morels sublime and the strawberry crumble is a fabulous lighter version of my sons favourite pudding.
Definitely taken number 1 spot on my list of cookery books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited but worth it 25 Mar 2011
By Mike
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Long awaited since the first TV series but the menus coupled with his infectious enthusiasm and impish sense of humour make for tasty food that should be achievable for a lot of people. Having said that, there are some discrepancies between the TV demonstrations and some parts of the explanations in the book, with the book giving more accurate information. Use the TV just to see the method and result and you will be fine.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a pleasure 1 Mar 2011
By David Jenkins VINE VOICE
I watched the first television series of Kitchen Secrets with great enjoyment. It was extremely frustrating to discover there was no book to go with the series. The second series has just started, continuing where the last one left off, but with the bonus that the book Kitchen Secrets is now available.

I have always been a fan of Raymond Blanc and have especially enjoyed this TV series because it gets back to what I believe cooking programmes should be about - the food! The book is a complete accompaniment to the series. Each recipe is reproduced with clear instructions as well as guidance notes to answer those questions you often find unanswered in a recipe. Needless to say the photography of the dishes is stunning.

What I like so much about Kitchen Secrets is that most of the recipes are within my skill range (I am just a keen amateur who enjoys good food) and this book enables me to create some great dishes. I can't wait to impress friends and family when I make the Chocolate Delice!

If you don't buy any other cooking book this year it won't matter if you have got Kitchen Secrets.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 29 Mar 2011
When it arrived I opened it and before I knew it I found myself absorbed and reading from cover to cover. Beautiful photos and well laid out, the text is informative. The writing is personal and opinionated but that's why you bought the book. You might not agree with it all but he is well qualified to have his opinions and preferences. I would recommend this book as a good read. There are recipes of course and they are good but I enjoyed reading between the recipes more. Great emphasis on seasonal food.
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Help and Recipes 7 Feb 2011
By Maureen
This is a recipe book like no other. The most complicated things are simply explained and even my very first recipe was a huge success.
The book gives the answer to so many questions it is invaluable; especially to a self-taught cook like me.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blanc Magic 28 Feb 2011
Back in 1994, Raymond Blanc did a series for the BBC called Blanc Mange, the accompanying book became my cooking Bible ever since. Now he's back with Kitchen Secrets. This is a glorious book stuffed with delicious recipes and detailed advice on how to follow them. The photographs and layout are also beautiful. This will be used just as much as Blanc Mange!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 25 Mar 2013
By P Smith
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Raymond Blanc, this book is great, full of easy to follow & understand recipes, I like also that he has added some of his mum's recipes too, he's so fun & entertaining to watch & very knowledgeable I have watched the series that accompanies this book, that is great too, so invest in this book you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
this book is easy to follow and helps you cook good tasty food which will surprise your friends so go and buy it
Published 2 months ago by Keith M. Scaife
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT cookery book for everyone
It is a fabulous book. Loads of usefull info. Fantastic recipies. Good price. Delivered promptly. I would recommend this book to anybody interested in cooking.
Published 3 months ago by pants
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my best recipe book.
Oh I love this book. The recipes turn out exactly as Raymond Blanc says they will. Very very good for it's price.
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne Jemison
4.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Blanc
Raymond is the best in the business and shares his methods and procedures to produce excellent food, worth every penny
Published 3 months ago by Geoffrey Davison
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of great ideas and recipes
I got this as a present for my fiance, a budding chef. He loves it and I'm reaping the benefits! Great condition and quick delivery.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Karpeta
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Great recipes which are easy to follow and explained in detail . Excellent results ! Raymond Blanc is so generous with his knowledge and shares his kitchen secrets which will be... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ladygreen
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks like a TV book (to much of "As seen on BBC"), his recipes ten to...
Raymond Blanc's recipes, which I love, tend to be a little repetitive through his bibliography. Also the book is too much of a TV cook book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pedro Goncalves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes!
Seeing Raymond Blanc on TV inspired me to get his book. His recipes demand an understanding of cooking and I wouldn't recommend this book for an absolute beginner but someone who... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miss M
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Purchased as a present for my partner and he loved it.
Arrived on time and well packaged. Looks exactly as pictured. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lindsey Camden
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Great book !! Great recipes !! Easy to understand
It has added to my list of meals to try and replicate
Published 6 months ago by PatD
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