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Astrance: A Cook's Book [Deluxe Version in Slipcase]
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2012
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This book gives its readers and in-depth look at the creative world of a three-star Michelin restaurant, both by the written word and by the incredible photographs. Having had the pleasure of dining at l'Astrance, the text, accompanying images and descriptions more than represent what is actually served at the restaurant.

What also makes this book enchanting is getting a glimpse at the genesis not only of the restaurant but also of the dishes...a very special addition especially for accomplished cooks who like to create and try out new ideas.

This is by no means a 'regular' cookbook, just filled with recipes that measure ingredients down to how many grains of salt are needed. Instead, it is one of inspiration, building on the creativity of Mr. Barbot. I thoroughly recommend it to those who wish to embark on an exceptional voyage into the art of French 'haute cuisine'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2013
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A book that aims to not only give you an insight into the genius of creation but takes you on a journey that will expand your concept of haute cuisine. While it may not be possible to recreate every dish, any true lover of fine cooking can not help but learn new skills. For example, a wonderful new way of cooking and presenting eggplant with miso, made this dish and all i can say is sublime. Simple ways of cooking and presenting fish. The authors display a reverence for each and every ingredient. Love this book for its daring!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2013
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A well produced introduction to a mans very unique culinary style. I was surprised to see such international flair and ingredients used with modern french interpretation. Beautiful photography with deceivingly easy recipes although if your looking to copy them step for step you will be hard pressed to find the ingredients at your local supermarket! Overall i gave it a 4 because even between the two books included you may still have difficulty learning how to do the elements of a dish that intrigue you via the photographs.
Note! the slipcase while beautiful is easily scratched and if you try to clean it with a cloth the brown paint wears off almost instantly leaving a very unsightly worn spot... Luckily this happened to me on the back but it still was frustrating considering the cost of the book.
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2012
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this book could have perhaps been my favorite, but sadly not having detailed steps and measurement for all the recipes is such a let down,
I understand the idea behind it but instead of having useless pictures sometimes of leafs and whatnot, this space could have been better used to tell us how to actually make some of the dishes.
having said that, at times there is some true germs, where the author does take the time to explain in details what to do, but more importantly there is some truly amazing flavor combination that I never came across before.
that alone justify the purchase of the book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2014
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We've eaten there on both visits (2005 and 2007) to the great city of Paris.

We made the first reservation based on Patricia Wells' review in the IHT newspaper, and again on the second trip because the food was so good!!!!

The book explains many of the mysteries about how the dishes you tried are accomplished. This book requires a lot of cooking experience.

When we go back to Paris someday, we will enjoy another **** $$$$ meal there. Buy this book and try some of the dishes, then make your reservation and book the flight. Sincerely, jah
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 6, 2014
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I have learned a lot about chef Pascal's source of his culinary creation. it worth to have if you are working as a professional, definitely not for amateur.
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on March 12, 2015
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This is an essential for any chef or one who wants to peek at the creative process of a master . One of my absolute favorites. The brilliance lies in the narrative about the genesis of the dish... why, what, how... something that is both fleeting and memorable, and imperfect, as Pascal is more than willing to point out as a result of his own foibles (and the nature of the craft). This is one of the few books that can inspire any chef and will enrich those not steeled in the "battle" of the professional kitchen.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2013
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This book is not for most home cooks and likely not one that beginners would find useful either. It is, however, one of the most beautiful and inspirational cooking tomes to hit the market in quite some time. While the actual layout of the book can hardly be called a cookbook what the content offers is a guide to completely change the way we look at ingredients and the way in which we build a dish. Each page offers gorgeous insight about whatever product is the focus. If you are a very accomplished home cook or a trained chef having this book on hand will enhance your repertoire immensely.
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on April 13, 2013
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i am a chef and know of this restaurant.
For qualified chefs/cooks who understand precise cooking techniques
and love food art
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2013
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A must have for any cookbook collection and for those passionate about the culinary arts. Beautiful photos, wonderful dishes, and inspiring stories for each dish that allow the readers insight into the genius mind of Chef Pascal Barbot.
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