first of all, i want to thank the very nice american lady, Blanche i believe, who donated this book to a charity in the USA, i bought it from them in pretty good condition at a very reasonable price.
known throughout the world auguste Escoffier revelotionised cooking to such an extent that he effectively created the manual for restuarants from the inception of this book. he it was that gave all his staff a uniform with hats, so that they didnt have to wear their own clothes in the kitchen, he organised them into teams, brigades they call them, and appointed head chefs for the different skills. the recipes are amazing, if however also daunting. one recipe i saw as i was flicking through prior to giving it as a present to my girlfriend, had a requisite for 36 gallons of boiling water and vast quantities of ingredients, but this was for a restaurant, not a dinner for two in a home kitchen. if you can scale it down, then i'm sure it will taste just as fine. many other recipes call for the use of previous recipes results, so, you would use a sauce from the book in another recipe within the book.
that being said the food is pretty awesome. no self respecting professional chef should be without a copy, and if its good enough for the business, it should be good enough for my modest kitchen. one word of warning. dont buy this if you just want a recipe book. do buy if you intend to improve your cooking skills / techniques. it oulines the basic skills used for most modern recipes. as a last word i could say that the masterchef bible wold be a more modern and perhaps useful addition to most peoples kitchen since it has photo montage cookery classes which again will teach you cooking skills, but much more fitting to a home kitchen.
still and all this was a wonderful addition to our cookery book shelves.