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Michel Roux: Life is a Menu - Reminiscences and Recipes from a Master Chef [Hardcover]

Michel Roux
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19 Oct 2000
A unique autobiography by one of the world's leading gastronomic stars, Michel Roux portrays his life in the form of a menu, his reminiscences punctuated with an array of fabulous dishes and witty anecdotes. A classic culinary treat for anyone passionate about food and cooking.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; 1st Edition edition (19 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841192422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841192420
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...it's rather good. It's written unpretentiously and with a sense of humour. ...Michel Roux is that rare thing among cooks today, a man with judgment... For all the new recipes, this is a cook who shops, cooks and eats on well-established old principles and knows how to apply them. This judgment about what is good and bad, serious cooking and pretentious posturing, sound combination and misguided experimentation, this enthusiastic but unsentimental and hard-working attitude to food is rare indeed. -- The Spectator, Oct. 21, 2000

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Chef - great book! 20 Nov 2000
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Some people are extremely talented. As one of the World's great Chefs Michel Roux is undoubtedly one of those people. It seems somewhat unfair then that he should also be an extremely talented writer.
This is an autobiography with a difference - it grabs your attention from the beginning and throughout shows you tantalising glimpses both of his culinary art and his life. Nothing stodgy about this narrative and, although it might be clichéd to say it, as light and delicate as you would expect from someone trained in the art of the patissier.
Michel Roux introduces us to a very different world in which he grew up, a world which surprised me. As to why you will have to read the book. It is also a great insight into what it takes to achieve greatness as a Chef - extreme dedication and hard work. The book also shows the rewards that have come from that dedication and hard work - his career achievements, the people he has met and delighted with his food and the places he has been.
The style of the book, as suggested by the title "Life is a Menu", is laid out in chapters which deal with the component parts of the menu. Starting with Champagne and Canapés it goes into mouth-watering detail of the various foods and styles of cuisine from the time the young apprentice patissier, Michel Roux, started a long and distinguished career in 1956 to the present day. It is a revelation to discover how a Master Chef learnt his craft.
Along the way we get to meet different personalities, great Chefs in their own right like, Paul Bocuse and the Troisgros Brothers. Could you really have 'Truite fumée' for 75p or an entrée for 1.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the "MASTER" 3 Nov 2001
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A wonderfull insight of one of the most aclaimed chefs of our time, Michel Roux tells us of his childhood, his mothers exelent cooking and how growing up in the South of France and the attitude of the people towards food, and the way they eat had influeced him to become the top chef of our time.
Admired and respected by all profesional chefs and those who like to experement at home, Roux takes us hand in hand to describe in detail the little things that turns a meal into a dining experience.
His singular hummor makes this a very easy book to read and will have the reader going back again and again, flicking through the pages asking "how would Roux do that?"
A truly wonderfull book by a truly wonderfull chef who has a unique view on food, sevice and the whole experience that is eating.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Dare He? 19 Oct 2000
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How dare Michel Roux write his autobiography and write it so well, serving up so many wonderful anecdotes and delicious stories? After all, do the rest of us go around dazzling the world with our own estouffade de lievre quercinois and perfect souffles? Jeffrey Robinson
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