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Cooking with Les Dames d'Escoffier: At Home with the Women Who Shape the Way We Eat and Drink Hardcover – September 9, 2008


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Les Dames d'Escoffier is a professional organization of women chefs, food writers, caterers, purveyors, and others that was established in 1973 and today has more than 1300 members, many of them culinary stars. Their first cookbook includes dozens of recipes ranging from Grilled Gazpacho Salad with Shrimp to Black Cod with Horseradish Coulis. Despite its rather pretentious subtitle and references to each contributor as a "Dame"—as in "New York City Dame Lidia Bastianich"—the book has the feel of an upscale community cookbook, though the recipes, of course, are generally more sophisticated. With helpful tips, beverage suggestions, and make-ahead notes; for larger collections.
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The women who star in the nation’s restaurant kitchens and who produce and edit the country’s cookbooks, food magazines, newspapers, and television programs have organized for mutual support and advancement of their profession’s highest goals. Many of these women, such as Julia Child and Joanne Weir, are household names, so any cookbook to which they contribute is bound to be a gold mine of recipes and popular with all sorts of cooks. Many styles and traditions appear here, but all focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients. Lighter recipes, such as bacon-and-egg breakfast-for-dinner salad, attract the more refined home cook. Lidia Bastianich supplies a hearty pasta sauce based on pork ribs. Prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast stuffed with basil and Brie makes a great summer grill presentation. Food scientist Shirley Corriher outlines a very detailed method for producing a rich, soft-center chocolate cake. Something for everyone here. --Mark Knoblauch
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570615306
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570615306
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #779,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bette Mcintire on November 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I've done the best cooking of my life since I got COOKING WITH LES DAMES D'ESCOFFIER. With this cookbook you invite LES DAMES, women everyone should know, into your kitchen. You begin with their favorite recipes chosen out of an abundant melting pot of great recipes. Then as you cook, they are "tapping you on your shoulder" with just those tips you need to make the recipe turn out great--from the "dip and sweep" method of measuring flour to the perfect finishing touches to make your dish look divine--a garnish of sauteed spinach, a drizzle of olive oil, or a glaze of rose water and confectioners' sugar. With the detailed directions for these obviously thoroughly tested recipes, what looks complicated is amazingly easy, and downright enjoyable in the doing and in the dining. The sidebars with cooking lore as well as shopping and serving advice from LES DAMES add to your culinary experience. If you're like me, you'll leave your kitchen eager to return to try something new or to make again your new favorite. And, this cookbook, a new favorite gift to give my friends, with its inviting layout and beautiful photographs--and did I mention the flavorful content?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Afifi on November 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Since I purchased the book a few weeks ago, I tried a few of the recipes. The book is very well written and it is very easy to follow. The recipes that I made were amazing and I'm looking forward to trying the others. I purchased a few more as Christmas presents. I am sure my friends will enjoy it as much as I have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Mccarthy on June 19, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This cookbook is amazingly well written with clear instructions. With so many well known and accomplished women of food having contributed recipes, it can seem intimidating, but Marcella Rosen did a great job at making this accessible for the average cook.
I have tried many of the recipes and they are fabulous! This is a cookbook to give to friends who love food. It is a buy, buy, buy.
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