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La Cuisine: Everyday French Home Cooking Hardcover – 5 Oct 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; 01 edition (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836290
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836291
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'To French cuisine what Delia is to English cooking, the books of Francoise Bernard have been on the shelves of kitchens across France since the 1960s.…a must for all lovers of french food.' --Food & Travel, April 2011

About the Author

Francoise Bernard is the "grande dame" of France's popular cuisine. She began her career more than 50 years ago by creating and publishing thousands of easy, clearly written recipes for housewives. She launched a successful magazine of her recipes and advice, and hosted one of the first cooking shows on French television," "and her first cookbook, "Mes Recettes Faciles," published in 1963 and still in print, has sold more than one million copies. In 1982, she published "Les Recettes Faciles de Patisserie."
Jane Sigal is a contributing editor at "Food & Wine" and has written for the "New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, " and "Fine Cooking." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Hardcover
Forget everything you like about your favourite cookbooks - those criteria don't apply here. Not only are there not too many glossy pictures, there aren't any pictures, glossy or otherwise! What? you like detailed prescriptive recipes, every step listed for you? Sorry, this book more often than not doesn't even bother to tell you what oven temperature to use. But, and it's an immense but, it does say things like moderate oven, and 230 C when it is really important. Let's face it, in these days of fan-ovens, and even more esoteric gadgets, when did you last find a cookbook whose oven temperatures made any sense? Anyone who uses their oven knows that they have to judge the right oven temperatures based on their experience of their equipment. So, we've established that this is not a cookbook for absolute novices. But, if you can boil an egg, and use the little grey cells, then you will be fine with this. The hidden truth is that photos don't really help you cook, they just make you feel inept if your offering doesn't come up to scratch. Then there's the plethora of "step by step" cookbooks. After a couple of dishes, don't you find them tedious? After all, you're not an idiot! If you even half agree with me, then this book is not only for you, but it will become your absolute favourite.

So, enough of what you don't get, what does "La Cuisine" have to offer? According to the blurb, 1000 of the best recipes of the woman who simplified French cooking - made it practical for home cooking - Francoise Bernard. But, there's another unusual thing about this cookbook, it is over-modest. Every recipe has extra advice from Bernard; what might accompany the dish to best effect, then there's copious advice on how to vary the recipe.
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This is a rather beautiful but not very 'contemporary' cookbook which deserves to be on the shelves of every cooking fan. By this, I mean that there are no photographs at all, and certainly none of a celebrity chef and their lifestyle as they happily sit down and eat, etc. Instead, there are 788 pages comprising a thousand genuine French recipes, often two or three to the page. Straight to the point!

Françoise Bernard set out to create a book which would simplify the complexities of French cooking and deliver a standard text on the subject. Whilst there are other possibilities in this category, like Mastering the Art of French Cooking or The French Menu Cookbook: The Food and Wine of France - Season by Delicious Season, this volume is remarkable just for being such an encyclopedia. 1000 recipes! And by a genuine French cook.

The big plus points of the book are very simple directions, and tips on every recipe to help you along, and to aid modifying the recipes. For example, mayonnaise making: all the ingredients must be at room temperature, and if using an electric mixer, add the white of the egg as well. I found these really useful and interesting to read.

There are some things in here you will want to eat, and possibly some you will never cook: poached conger eel? But the book is amazing because it offers SO MANY possibilities. Loads of different fish which we fussy English people rarely get around to cooking. Different recipes for braising hens, chickens, capons and roosters. ELEVEN recipes for rabbit.
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Not a photo in sight for this cookbook. If you like glossy photos, flowery language, celebrity waffle about producer this and organic that then don't buy this book.
It is a straight to the point, nuts and bolts, almost "bible" of French recipes.
Good reference text, something to refer to for ideas and recipes.
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Great book. Pity they can't spell colour !!!
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