Simple French Cookery Paperback – 14 Jul 2005
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Simple recipes for classic French dishes by Raymond Blanc
About the Author
Raymond Blanc is the Michelin-starred owner of Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons and author of many acclaimed books including the seminal cookbook, Foolproof French Cookery. He has presented two series of Kitchen Secrets and three series of The Restaurant. Raymond was awarded an honorary OBE in recognition of his services to the British food industry.
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Top Customer Reviews
The only criticism I have is the recipes involving pulses will typically need longer cooking than the book suggests if you are using dried (even if pre-soaked) - I'd suggest twice as long. That's the only reason it doesn't get 5 stars.
I'd strongly recommend this to anyone who is interested in expanding their repertoire into French cuisine but has been put off by the perception that it's complicated.
'These recipes demonstrate what is really good about French cuisine. The conviviality, the friends and the laughter; the simple, hearty food; the rustic bread dipped into the sauce, and the heavy red wine that will be drunk.'
And the reader gets precisely that, which is why this book remains one of my French favourites.
It is no secret that most French life revolves around mealtimes and Raymond certainly makes no secret of the fact that this choice of recipes is very expressive of his own 'Maman's' cooking (sometimes Papa's, too!).....and successfully aims to 'dispel the myth that French cuisine is difficult to master.'
Published by BBC Books, the pastel soft-covers open to 128 shiny pages, split into main chapters:
1. Ingredients and Equipment
2. Starters and Soup
3. Fish, Poultry and Meat
4. Vegetable Dishes
sandwiched between an introduction and a concise index.
This is an easy-to-read and well laid out book, in mainly double page spreads (sometimes more depending on the number of stages), each with colour photos of some of the stages and ALWAYS of the completed dish.
Each recipe is clearly laid out with the number of servings, an estimated preparation time, and cooking time (if applicable), along with the stage-numbered method. Each opens with some relevant notes which sometimes includes advice on 'tweaking', or suitable accompaniments....even a friendly note about fellow chefs, e.g.:
'Pâté de campagne':
Surprisingly quick and easy; a great dish to grace every day or a dinner party.Read more ›
The pancakes with spinach, mushrooms & gruyere were wonderful, I served them with roasted cherry tomatoes, on the vine, and rocket salad, and they were well worth the effort.
The chicken breast with courgette ribbons takes a bit of effort the night before but on the day it is simple and very tasty.
I did not find the recipes over complicated, they do require some effort but to produce exceptional food (like in this book) when don't you need to put in the effort.
Also to be recomended is Ken Hom's simple Thai cooking; It works!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An easy to follow recipe book that educates, inspires and empowers amateur chefs. The food is delicious. Really recommend this bookPublished 16 days ago by Miss J A Claridge
This book is exactly the same book as foolproof French cookery. When I looked through the recipes they were the same. It is the same book with a different cover.Published 6 months ago by Carol Seneschall
This book is exactly what it says in its title. There are 40 well selected traditional recipes that are very easy to follow with ingredients commonly available in the UK.Published 7 months ago by Strawb77
Lots of repeat recipes from his other books, I was quite disappointed.Published 11 months ago by Andrew Hurst