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Tante Claire: Recipes from a Master Chef [Hardcover]

Pierre Koffmann , Timothy Shaw , Pierre Koffman , Anthony Blake
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8 Oct 1992
Koffmann relates how he came to England in 1970, worked for the Roux Brothers and then opened his own restaurant, 'La Tante Claire' in Chelsea. Interspersed with his story are many of the recipes that have earned the restaurant two Michelin stars.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; First Edition edition (8 Oct 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747206163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747206163
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.3 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Back in the late 80's and early 90's, while living & working in London, I had the privilege - and it was really a privilege - to be a semi regular customer at Pierre Koffmann's now legendary "La Tante Claire" in Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea.
(Gordon Ramsey would take over the site when Koffman semi retired..
Mind you, it was not cheap, but e.g. lunches were not more expensive than in many other nearby restaurants. "La Tante Claire" was probably the closest to a perfect restaurant that I have ever experienced. The food was out of this world - (And at the time I was a Chef De Partie working for his greatest foe Marco Pierre White-) who could forget Koffman's signature dish?, Stuffed pig's trotter with chicken mousseline, sweetbreads and morels Wow! - the service always friendly and highly professional and the interior beuatifully decorated in Art Deco style. No wonder that "La Tante Clair" was to become one of the few British restaurants with three Michelin stars.

I just love the recipe to one of Koffmann's finest specialities, Souffle aux pistaches, Great for dinner parties as its pritty simple but looks & tastes out of this world....

If you are interested in more of Pierre Koffman's recipes, "La Tante Claire, Recipes of a Masterchef" is a treasure trove. In the book Koffmann also offers interesting glimpses into his childhood in France and his way to the Michelin top stardom. Unfortunately the books seems to be out of print, but if you are lucky, you can find used copies on Amazon or even an unused new one, well worth the investment, it really is a true classic....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 28 April 2014
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I was trained in this style of cuisine at college, along with that of Marco Pierre-White etc. It is an essential book for a keen cook or gourmand, and certainly for young chefs. His food was pivitol in the gastronomic development of the UK, it also has a wonderful narrative (like his Memoires of Gascony).
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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 16 Mar 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
if you love the classics, then this is a one that will stay on your shelf forever.
the bread recipes are spot on and the combinations are perfect.
he just knows his terroir
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