Foolproof French Cookery Hardcover – 12 Sep 2002
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I bought this one (Hardback) as well as 'Simple French Cookery' (Paperback) and '100 recipes for entertaining'. I decided to check how many of the recipes in this book were also in the '100 recipes' book and to my (mild) surprise, EVERY SINGLE ONE was - word for word. So, then I decided to check how many of the 'Simple French..' recipes were in the '100 Recipes' book and lo and behold, it was the same - EVERY SINGLE ONE, word for word. However, I didn't even have to check the recipe listing to find this out as it turns out that 'Foolproof French Recipes' and 'Simple French Cookery' are, wait for it... EXACTLY THE SAME BOOKS, page for page, word for word, photo for photo - identical in every way except the covers.
It turns out (after reading inside the paperback one) that the BBC changed the name of the book when it was released in paperback.
DOH!! More fool me for buying 3 books :-) Oh well, at least they were all second hand and now I can donate the Foolproof and Simple ones to a local charity and keep the 100 Recipes one - as that is all I need now.
Why do I like it so much? The recipes are not earth-shatttering, you've probably tried most of the stuff included many times before but it is the approach that is excellent and the tips on where things could go wrong.
Each receipe is broken down into easy to manage steps with pictures, the narrative helps explain how to handle each stage. This is great for a novice cook such as myself.
I also find that because Raymond Blanc has avoided the temptation to overfil the book with recipes I don't find it intimidating. It's a book that I have come back to time and again for inspiration.
This book has given me a grounding in classic recipes that I know I will be using for years to come, whilst most of the recipes are designed to be straightforward (let's face it they wouldn't be foolproof otherwise)the sheer qualilty of the end result will attract more advanced cooks.
This book has become one of my three favourite cookbooks (the other two being Nigella Lawson's How to Eat and Annie Bell and John Pawson's Living and Eating).
I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have.
The cookbooks that inspire me, that I constantly refer back to, are ones which have an indefinable passion to them. Although it's obvious from this book that Raymond Blanc loves his food, it feels a little like he's writing the book just because he's been contracted to, not because he has an uncontrollable urge to teach the world about great cooking.
The description above probably sounds a little over-negative. There is nothing inherently wrong with this book, it just doesn't set me on fire. It would probably be best to say that it does exactly what it says on the cover, and little more.
Generally, I find, that when you suggest ideas like Coq au vin for dinner people tend to shrug apathetically maybe thinking that it wont be that special or perhaps thinking of the awful supermarket versions. These recipes are a million miles from pedestrian. If you want to see why these recipes are classics buy this book, absolutely drop dead delicious and simplicity itself.
Blanc has a deep understanding of food and how to get the very best from it and I am proud to own this book in my collection and use it often.
You will have no complaints from the dinner table following any one of these recipes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best everyday cookbook I have which has been in constant use now for nearly twenty years. The recipes are clear and straightforward, not all "easy", but pretty well... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mrs Irene Law
A very well constructed book with beautiful colour illustrations and easy to follow recipes.Published 22 months ago by J. Burlinson
We were very pleased with the range of recipes and the ease with which we were able to follow themveryPublished on 2 Feb. 2014 by joan best