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Raymond Blanc
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22 Oct 2009

Raymond Blanc knows more about food than pretty much anyone else. His cooking has been described as 'an extraordinary process of creativity, passion, subtlety, indeed genius'. His life and career to date have been utterly dedicated to the search for culinary perfection.

Raymond is entirely self-taught and over the years has been developing and refining his philosophy of food and eating. Such is his reputation that his restaurant, Le Manoir, was awarded two Michelin stars even before it opened in 1984, and it remains one of our premier destination restaurants. He has taught many of Britain's most successful chefs, including Marco Pierre White and Heston Blumenthal.

Now, for the first time Raymond is going to share the fruits of all that hard work and experimentation, and reveal the secrets of his gastronomy. Woven around stories from his years at the sharp end of the food business are his thoughts about where food is going and a passionate appeal for sustainable cuisine. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in food and cooking, this is the definitive book by a culinary genius.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (22 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552157317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552157315
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

"A rattling good story" (BBC Good Food Magazine)

"A delicious offering from Britain's nicest chef" (Alex Renton The Times)

"Very well-seasoned... Absolutely mouth-watering" (Libby Purves, Radio 4)

"Raymond Blanc is a compulsive lover of what is really best" (Antonio Carluccio)

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The culinary autobiography by one of Britain's most highly acclaimed chefs

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haute cuisine 29 Oct 2008
By Dave
This is a wonderful book - full of great stories about the food in Raymond's life and the life in his food. You learn something amazing about food on every page, all framed in the story of the great man's life. Anyone with even a passing interest in what they eat will find something here to get their juices flowing...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a book to read 24 Feb 2011
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I have many many books - especially cook books - & have to rate this as one of the nicest & most inspirational I have read recently.
Apart from the quality of writing that other reviewers have described along with the general gist of the book, I would like to add that I have tried many of the given recipes interspersed within the text & found nearly all of them to be delicious & well explained.
The most useful being the marvelous method for cooking any veg quickly, healthily & tastily (with a knob of butter, hardly any water & a high heat) - not really a recipe I know, but it's great when you can take away a really useful tip from a book that you can use on a regular basis without further reference.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No wonder the French can cook from birth!!! 22 Jan 2009
A humble insight into the upbringing and life of a Michelin star chef who really cares about where he has come from, his childhood inspiration for cooking and how a planned visit to a Michelin start restaurant at the age of 18 (blowing his whole fortune on a meal) inspired him to great achievements. Having been to Le Manoir and also living in Oxford I was intrigued as to who he 'really' is and this book reveals all the highs and lows endured to reach the top.............and stay there for decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Salut! 5 Mar 2012
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What a wonderful autobiography! This is just magical; whether you are a 'foodie' or not, Monsieur Blanc's memories of growing up in the Besancon area of France simply sing with a freshness and zest of expression and a real appreciation of what it means to be well-fed within a large, exuberant and loving family. And to add a touch of 'seasoning' to an already well-peppered dish, it is very, very funny!

Raymond gives a recipe for rabbit in mustard and says that this meat divides France and Britain - in France the lapin is a meal, in the UK it is a pet. I have only eaten rabbit once ( at 'Rules' in Covent Garden and boy! was it good! ) since my childhood in Yorkshire, and I have never cooked it; yet my Mother, a working-class mill-hand from Leeds, used to make a rabbit stew with carrot gravy to die for, served with the creamiest mashed potatoes and Yorkshire Puddings ( as only a Yorkshire-person who knows the very simple but vital secret ingredient can make...). So there I was, transported by Raymond Blanc's Lapin a la Moutard back to the days of my childhood in the '50's, longing to acquire a bunny and cook it like my mother did. Alas, she died many decades ago, so I will never be able to ask her whether she pan-fried and sealed it before putting the jointed rabbit into the tin casserole pot with baby onions and carrots - the mystery remains.

For everyone who can appreciate the turn of the seasons and the food they each bring to perfection, this is a brilliant book. Bon appetit, and Raymond - merci beaucoup et sante!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a taste of my life 9 Jan 2012
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Excellent book detailing how and why Raymond Blanc became an exceptional well respected chef as he takes you through his life with interesting points along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembrances... 25 May 2011
Remembrances of garden tomatoes ripening on our window sill came back to me while reading Raymond Blanc's memoir - I'd forgotten...
I never did learn to taste dirt as a child.
Perhaps I would be in the kitchen instead of at the drawing board if I had.

Altogether a warm and very personal look inside growing up in provincial France. And thusly how the joys of quotidienne French country life in a small village led to fine restaurants, glamour and excellent cuisine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond Blanc autobiography - A tast of My Life 28 Sep 2010
Excellent book with recipes as a bonus. You can see from his determination why he has become the person he is. Just one example: when he was a waiter in a borderline restaurant, he made sure his tables were the cleanest, with the crockery and glasses gleaming. He always makes the most of whatever the situation is, to improve. You will want only to cook your own food after reading this and never buy a ready made meal.Organic and fresh food is now high priority. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a taste of my life 25 Aug 2010
I was totally immersed in this book from Page 1 - a fabulous read - what a man - what a life!
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4.0 out of 5 stars usefull guide to lifestyle progress
contains valuable insight to lost arts of home cooking and successful making of one's way in the ruthless catering business world.
Published 5 months ago by abbeybarn
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure inspiration
A wonderful book which explores the personality, through descriptions of his untiring work and drive for perfection, of one of our best-loved culinary icons. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A friend lent me her copy of this book and I had to have a copy of my own. This is the best book about food, family and love that I have read in as long as I can remember. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ms H J Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful life of a master chef
What an inspiring book. Raymond Blanc is a very honest man - very refreshing to find in this day and age. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. J. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyfull.
Admire the work ethnic and his fantastic skills, the book reads very easy.
My wife can't put it down, so I have the Waite.
Published 10 months ago by bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it on holiday
A great balance between cooking techniques, recipes and biography. You get to know WHO Raymond Blanc is and how he became successful.
Published 11 months ago by Peter J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Any Raymond Blanc fan will enjoy this book. It's written in a very casual style which RB makes no apologies for. Read more
Published 13 months ago by CG
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Just started to read this book. If you like Raymond Blanc then this book is for you ;-)
Published 17 months ago by Irene L. Bezer
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read
I found the story of Raymond Blanc's life a gripping read. The recipes here can be quite complicated but he dishes out good tips that any aspiring chef would find useful. Read more
Published 19 months ago by SLCW
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Beautifully Written book
Read this from cover to cover with relish ! It is beautifully written and a joy to read. Highly recommended to anyone interested in cookery.
Published 20 months ago by Cathy
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