Top positive review
If you are serious about cooking, this is an essential book
on 17 August 2017
While focusing very much from a French perspective, this book is a vital addition to the bookshelf of anyone who wants to understand ingredients and how to cook in the classic tradition. An absolute goldmine of information, this book would make a superb present for anyone who loves food and cooking.
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.