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Le Gavroche Cookbook Hardcover – 24 May 2001
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For nearly 35 years Le Gavroche has been one of the finest restaurants in London, serving exquisitely balanced food in the classic French tradition. Founded by Michel and Albert Roux, and now run by chef Michel Roux Jr, its pre-eminence is celebrated in Le Gavroche Cookbook, a superb collection of 200 dishes from the restaurant's recipe books. The book is organised seasonally, with an emphasis on the freshest and finest ingredients (if you're going to try to cook this type food, you have to buy the best--there's no point otherwise). Gulls' Eggs with Caviar, Roast Black Leg Chicken with Fresh Pasta, Foie Gras and Truffles, from the Spring section; Stuffed Sea Bass with Fennel, from Summer; Lobster Soufflé with Quail's Egg and Brandy and Rich Braised Stuffed Hare, from Winter: this is luxurious and expensive cooking. Challenging, too. Michel Roux Jr doesn't give much in the way of guidance for the inexperienced but ambitious cook: the instructions are plain to the point of austerity, but assume a considerable degree of skill and familiarity with the procedures of classic French cuisine. The results, though complex, are beautifully balanced. Of its kind, this food is perfect, representing an ideal of sophistication to which cooks can aspire. The book is elegantly (and robustly) produced and amply illustrated, adding to the pleasure of using it. --Robin Davidson
Le Gavroche. The creation of two brothers, Albert and Michel Roux and the star of French cuisine in this country for more than thirty years. Now run by Michel Roux Jr., the menu is lighter and reflects modern trends in French cuisine with the intermix of Asian and Mediterranean flavours and ingredients. Arranged season by season, Roux presents a comprehensive collection of recipes, utilising ingredients at their freshest in the particular season discussed. From familiar truffles, frog legs, cheeses and ceps to the more unusual gull's eggs, smoke eel and roast mallard. The interplay of international ingredients is reflected in recipes such as tagine of red mullet, cep pizza and sauerkraut of seafood. More suitable for confident chefs there are also easier recipes for those willing to have a go. For a taste of food from one of the world's greatest restaurants, look no further and enjoy in your own home with Michel Roux's help. - Lucy WatsonSee all Product description
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The book is elegant, compact and solid, particularly indicated as a niche gift.
It is excellent for those who like haute-cuisine, recipes are well described and pictures introduce you to a different level of cooking.
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