- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (30 April 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140273263
- ISBN-13: 978-0140273267
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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French Provincial Cooking Paperback – 30 Apr 1998
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It is difficult to think of any home that can do without Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cooking. --The Observer
Voted one of the top 45 cookbooks of all time by New York's Village Voice --Village Voice
If I had to go on a desert island I'd take this with me. Elizabeth is brilliant at telling stories about the food she cooks. The text is threaded with memories of the places and people she loved. Being such an emotional writer, you can almost taste the food as you're reading.<BR> --Oz Clarke, The Daily Express
French Provincial Cooking is one of the foundations of the way we cook today - over the past 50 years, it has influenced untold numbers of cooks, restaurant chefs and food writers. --Charles Campion, Country Life --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If I had to go on a desert island I'd take this with me. Elizabeth is brilliant at telling stories about the food she cooks. The text is threaded with memories of the places and people she loved. Being such an emotional writer, you can almost taste the food as you're reading.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The recipes are authentic, imaginative and always go down well with guests. The techniques suggested bring out the flavour of the ingredients to a tee and are transferrable with application of one's own imagination.
The recipes are also not fussy or predicated on knowing your butcher on first name terms.
You could cook from this book for ever.
Lots of text to read for interested foodies with good descriptions of essential cooking techniques, standard equipment and practical kitchen advice. If you are looking for an easy-to-follow recipe book with plenty of colourful pictures, this might not be the best introduction to French cuisine, but for amateur cooks with some basic knowledge of technique it's a must for your kitchen bookshelf.
I have the smaller paperback version and the text is pretty small, and it's thickness makes it hard to prop open and read whilst cooking, so some people might prefer to buy a larger print version (I think one exists).
Elizabeth is a darling ! and definitely the first English Domestic Goddess, long before Nigella et al came onto the scene. Her delivery of these many, many regional recipes is neither as school madam-ish as early Delia, nor as infuriatingly chummy as Jamie-the-mockeny-Oliver. She engages us in such a way as to make one really believe that nobody cooks like the French, but at the same time that anyone can recreate this culinary wonderland here in grey old England.
This book is so much more than a list of recipes, it is an adventure in France. Given that, when it was written, France was somewhere most of us had only heard of, this book takes us on a fascinating tour into the psyche of a foreign people.
Buy this book today. Even if you have absolutely no interest in cooking. It really is that rip-roaring a read !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most beautifully written recipe book I have every encountered; I can smell France and I can taste it. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Heather
Purely for the Kindle edition - the book has not been made searchable for the online Kindle reader and it does not have an index (although there is a hyperlinked contents list),... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Paul Cowan
A bit difficult to penetrate written more like a novel recipes not always clear. Could do with a 21st century revamp.Published 2 months ago by Max
The book is used but of good Quality and as describe by the seller and excellent servicePublished 3 months ago by gladys
Wonderful journey into what in some respects is the past but also is still relevant to understanding why the French are so food centric.Published 4 months ago by Bob Taylor
Long lost hope of replacing an essential book. Original still available at around £60.00 but this newer updated edition around £12.00 is grand. Read morePublished 5 months ago by great game