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Larousse Gastronomique [Hardcover]

Hamlyn
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5 Oct 2009 Larousse
Larousse Gastronomique is the world's classic culinary reference book, with over 35,000 copies sold in the UK alone. Larousse is known and loved for its authoritative and comprehensive collection of recipes. Here it is brought up to date for 2009 in an attractive edition containing over 900 new colour and black and white photographs. All chapters have been read and edited by field specialists, and 85 biographies of chefs have been added. Entries have also been regrouped for increased accessibility.Originally created by Prosper Montagnè and published in 1938, this essential addition to any kitchen has withstood the test of time and become an invaluable source of information for every enthusiastic cook. Without the exaggeration and extravagant distractions of many of today's cookery titles, New Larousse Gastronomique contains recipes, tips, cooking styles and origins for almost every dish in history.

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  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Hamlyn (5 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0600620425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0600620426
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 6.1 x 27.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rose Prince- Daily Telegraph
When the Larousse Gastronomique describes itself as the bible of French gastronomy, it is exactly that: an almost holy spirit that has always been worshipped by millions --.

Heston Blumenthal
'The definitive culinary reference bible; a must for anyone remotely interested in food and cooking.'

Gordon Ramsay
'The first recipe book I took seriously... a great resource throughout my career.' --.

Book Description

The definitive culinary encyclopedia made accessible to modern readers Contains over 900 attractive new photographs, both in colour and black and white Features more foods than ever before - additions include cheese, nuts and cured meats The volume of cookery books sold since 2004 has almost doubled.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Food and Cooking Reference Book 13 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
Larousse Gastronomique is a fantastic book beautifully written and beautifully produced. It has all the information that you would ever need to know about food and cooking. Come across a vegetable you have never heard of, then it is in there. Do you want to know where a spice comes from and what to do with it, its there. If you ever need ideas on what to cook with that fish, then Larousse Gastrononmique will tell you. It has pictures and descriptions of how to prepare and how to cook, with variations, everything you can cook from the mundane to the bizarre. It has recipes in it but it is not a recipe book. It is an incredible information source, a reference book. It is arranged simply alphabetically which makes it very easy to find the information you want. The pictures are of exceptional quality. The paper is of a very high quality and feels good to the touch. Lovers of quality book production will know what I mean. The whole book exudes brilliance and everlasting quality. A book to keep.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dictionary of food 23 Nov 2009
By kb
Format:Hardcover
At first glance when I opened the "very large" book I was slightly disappointed that it was written in dictionary format - but after 2 mins I couldn't put the book down!
It has almost every recipe and basic methodologies for all those recipes and techniques that you hear about but don't quite understand. It has a wealth of info and you just need the time to sit down and pour through it.
The paper sheets are a bit on the thin side - so once you find the recipe that you are looking for it does mean that you have to write it up - as the book also is not something that you can easily prop up on your worktops whilst you work!
Overall a brilliant reference book for those that are really hooked into trying to cook like the experts.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Overall a fantastic reference book. Full of useful information as well as information that whilst less useful is incredibly interesting to read. Contains a wealth of classic recipes. Gives lots of techniques and reference information about all kinds of food. The colour photos of ingredients is valid but i wonder what the point of the black and white shots of chefs at work is, other than for nostalgia. I cant deny that when I try to look something up I am inevitably distracted into reading a few other entries before remembering why I originally opened the book in the first place. Overall, a joy to have and essential reading for the rare breed of people who still actually like to cook, as opposed to taking some supermarket thing out of the freezer and sticking it in the oven for half an hour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'd always wanted this encyclopaedia. I'm not a chef but love cooking and I am always fascinated by techniques that I know nothing about. This tome is huge and is fantastic for just leaving around so you can just pick it up and read random facts about anything of culinary significance - whether its some miniscule fact about what the Romans called cheese or butchery facts about cuts of meat you've never heard of! This book perfectly complements the aspirational dreamworld that wannabe chefs and kitchen geeks inhabit and, interspersed with episodes of "pan-porn" as my family have christened my drooling over casserole dishes and gleaming Maslin pans in shop windows, this book is a fabulous addition to anyone's kitchen bookshelf. If nothing else it is heavy enough and deep enough to provide you with a small step up to reach obscure ingredients that you rarely use from the topshelf of your cupboard! More importantly, this is a treasure of knowledge and inspiration that could turn a dilettante cook like me into something much more substantial and competent in the kitchen! The only misleading thing about the book was it's endorsement by Gordon Ramsay who said it was "The first recipe book I took seriously...a great resource throughout my career"...I didn't find a single swear word so that was a relief. A beautiful book and now one of my treasured possessions!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 18 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A wonderful all-embracing reference work. It's almost impossible to look up a single cuisine topic because your eye is caught by so many other interesting entries. Fortunately, it is too physically heavy to be "unputable down".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5stars 30 Oct 2012
By Tej2205
Format:Hardcover
Best present that I got for my best friend. I would highly recommend the book to anyone. This is a the bible if cooking
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Larousse Gastronomique 22 Mar 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the very best book for information you could possible read, anything you could every wish to know is in there as well as receipts and how to prepare
produce. Because of the excellent quality of the information I have recommended this book to several trainee chefs. Well worth the money
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impresssive 25 Dec 2011
By Squares
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Well, it looks the part, the reviews seem to be on the front of box cover and the title on the back not sure why this is. lovely casing, beautiful writing. If you know what you buying then you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
The book is great!
As a chefs apprentice I find it wonderful, helps a lot in my studies. :)
It really has a lot of info, the book is big, nothing you would carry around,... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Zanda
5.0 out of 5 stars No explanation required.
Great and mandatory handbook for hobby cooks and professionals with detailed explanations,pictures, techniques etc. it's a must in every semi-pro and pro kitchen.
Published 13 days ago by Ierawan
5.0 out of 5 stars Bible for the cook
Present for someone who loves cooking and gastronomy.Perfect or in French Parfait as he likes to have background information and how to tips.
Published 1 month ago by claudette solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book!
Partner is really happy with this book and for the price I am very happy. Great present for anyone who likes cooking.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Hills
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a classic - a serious book
Keep in mind that this is a classic encyclopedia style culinary reference book - you need to know why you are buying it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexander Lunev
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A cook book that I can actually read and enjoy. So much information and of course excellent recipes as well. I just love this book despite it being so big and heavy.:-)
Published 2 months ago by Diane S
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my book for a desert island
I've hankered after this book for years and was fortunate to receive a copy as a surprise present. Well, I've barely moved since I opened it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bookie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Bought as a gift and the recipient was really pleased with it. It is a fantastic book but requires more than a basic knowledge of cooking.
Published 2 months ago by JANE BAULCH
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
It is great. Very detailed glosary of all cooking terms you can think of with some recipes in addition. Pictures are vey helpful especially in the fish section
Published 2 months ago by Zhivka Ivanova
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!
What do you buy a superb cook for Christmas? Who has a library of cookbooks?
Well, this worked for me!
Published 2 months ago by Donald N. Young
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