Larousse Gastronomique

The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia

By Librairie Larousse (Created by); Joel Robuchon (Created by)
(Clarkson Potter Publishers, Hardcover, 9780307464910, 1206pp.)

Publication Date: October 13, 2009

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"Larousse Gastronomique" has been the foremost resource of culinary knowledge since its initial publication in 1938. Long revered for its encyclopedic entries on everything from cooking techniques, ingredients, and recipes to equipment, food histories, and culinary biographies, it is the one book every professional chef and avid home cook must have on his or her kitchen shelf. In fact, Julia Child once wrote, "If I were allowed only one reference book in my library, "Larousse Gastronomique "would be it, without question."
The culinary landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade, prompting a complete revision of this classic work. "Larousse Gastronomique" has now been updated to add the latest advancements that have forever changed the way we cook, including modern technological methods, such as sous-vide cooking and molecular gastronomy. All-new color ingredient-identification photographs give this edition a fresh, elegant look. And for the first time, "Larousse" features more than 400 reportage photos-candid images of upscale restaurants from around the world-that give behind-the-scenes access into the kitchens where the finest food is created. Dozens of new biographies of people who have made significant contributions to the food world debut in this revision, including such luminaries as Ferran Adria, Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Gaston Lenotre, Thomas Keller, James Beard, and Julia Child.
With entries arranged in encyclopedic fashion, "Larousse Gastronomique" is not only incredibly user-friendly, but it is also a fantastic read for anyone who loves food. Skip from Roasting to Robert (a classic French sauce), and then to Robiola (the Italian cheese); or go from Sake to Salad-with dozens of recipes-and on to Salamander, a type of oven used in professional kitchens for caramelizing (and named after the legendary fire-resistant animal). An index at the end of the book of all 3,800 recipes for cuisines from around the world makes it easy to find a myriad of preparations for any ingredient (eggs or chicken, for example) or type of dish (such as cakes or sauces).
The unparalleled depth and breadth of information-from the traditional to the cutting-edge-make this newest edition of "Larousse Gastronomique" indispensable for every cook.



About the Author


JOEL ROBUCHON, the winner of the prized "Meilleur Ouvrier de France" award, with a three-star rating in the Michelin Guide, is one of the world's greatest chefs. He has already published several books of delicious recipes, including two that have been translated into English: Simply French in 1991 and Joel Robuchon's Cooking Through the Seasons in 1995. Robuchon has also done a number of other books in his native French tongue, and in 1996 hosted a daily television program called "Cook Like a Great Chef" on France's number one television channel, TFI.
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