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The Kitchen Bible,
This review is from: Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopedia (Hardcover)The essential book for any versatile kitchen is heavy to handle but is worth its weight in caviar, truffles and whatnot. Although you can't quite slip it in a pocket to help decipher cryptic menus when on the road (even the Concise edition is a bit too big for that), it comes into form in the kitchen as an accessible authoritative text on French cooking (and a few others to a certain extent). The encyclopędic nature of the book, with comprehensive descriptions of produce and dishes alike serve as an inexhaustible source of ideas as well as the settler of many a bet for those in such a way inclined.
The photography is excellent, sober and descriptive without dominating and the articles factual and to the point. Although it also includes a large number of recipes it should primarily be considered an encyclopędia rather than cookbook.
- If you have only got room for one book in your kitchen, this should be the one.