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Boué, Vincent

Complete Book of French Cooking

Complete Book of French Cooking

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Traditional French cuisine can seem daunting, but it's one of life's great pleasures. This comprehensive, illustrated guide to classic French cooking techniques and recipes, with detailed explanations from culinary school instructors, is an essential reference for the home cook. The secret to success is demonstrated in two hundred step-by-step kitchen fundamentals: knife techniques (chopping, slicing, paring), cooking methods (braising, grilling, frying, steaming, poaching, roasting), sauces and stuffings, eggs, and dough.

One hundred sixty-five classic recipes--onion soup, quiche Lorraine, boeuf bourguignon, tarte Tatin--are graded with a three-star rating so the home chef can gauge the complexity and gradually expand their cooking ability. Nine recipes from Michelin three-star chefs and culinary artisans offer the ultimate challenge.

Cross-references to techniques, culinary terms, and complementary recipes facilitate navigation, and the volume is completed with practical resources: visual dictionaries of basic kitchen equipment; cuts of meat; types of herbs, grains, spices, pasta, and dried beans; a glossary; conversion tables; and an index of recipes, main ingredients, and techniques.

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From Chef Scott

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This is an absolute culinary masterpiece that has left me utterly delighted. From the very first page to the final, exquisite recipe, this book takes you on a mouthwatering journey through the heart of French cuisine.

What sets this book apart is its meticulous attention to detail. Boué's instructions are clear and concise, making even the most intricate dishes accessible. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, you'll find something to satisfy your appetite and culinary curiosity.

The diverse range of recipes spans from classic French staples like coq au vin and ratatouille to lesser-known regional treasures that truly showcase the depth of French culinary heritage. Each dish is accompanied by stunning photography that not only showcases the final creation but also the artistry that goes into every step of preparation.

What truly makes this book special is the passion and enthusiasm that Boué brings to each page. His love for French cuisine is contagious, and it's impossible not to feel inspired to try your hand at creating these delectable dishes.

In summary, "The Complete Book of French Cooking" is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the art of cooking. It's a delightful journey through the flavors of France that will leave you with a happy heart and a satisfied palate. Bravo, Vincent Boué, for this culinary masterpiece!