Larousse Gastronomique Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009
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Rose Prince- Daily Telegraph
When the Larousse Gastronomique describes itself as the bible of French gastronomy, it is exactly that: an almost holy spirit that has always been worshipped by millions --.
'The definitive culinary reference bible; a must for anyone remotely interested in food and cooking.'
'The first recipe book I took seriously... a great resource throughout my career.' --.
The definitive culinary encyclopedia made accessible to modern readers Contains over 900 attractive new photographs, both in colour and black and white Features more foods than ever before - additions include cheese, nuts and cured meats The volume of cookery books sold since 2004 has almost doubled.
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I would have rated it 5 stars but for one reason - it is an encyclopedic reference. Not only does it weigh more than a small cast iron frying pan, but the way the book is organised doesn't encourage exploration. If it was split into separate volumes (e.g. ingredients, techniques, recipes etc.) while retaining the presentation case, it would appeal to a much wider audience. That way, the reader could delve into magic of what happens in a professional kitchen more easily. This is not a book that makes for easy sofa or bedtime reading, to give it justice it needs to be studied while sitting at a table.
That said, it will join (and dominate by sheer mass) my treasured book section.
Don't read it in bed for fear of braining your partner as the book falls from your sleepy hands.
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