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Guy Savoy: Simple French Recipes for the Home Cook Hardcover – April 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584793627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584793625
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Like fine cognac, Savoy's recipes distill the essence of French cooking into a deceptively simple package. The French approach is clearly evident on the table of contents, which divides more than 80 recipes into six chapters representing the traditional courses: appetizers (encompassing a variety of soups, salads and side dishes), gratins, fish, meat, cheese and desserts. Rather than simplifying haute cuisine's complex techniques, Savoy chooses dishes that can be well executed with the skills and equipment available to a nonprofessional with only a few years behind the stove. Home cooks can reliably obtain the down-home elegance of Sausage En Brioche, Mustard-Roasted Skate with Lentils, a basic Cheese Soufflé, and Poached Pears in Wine with Savoy's easy-to-follow instructions and straightforward ingredient lists. Novices overwhelmed by the litany of notes and cautions found in many French cookbooks may find their confidence bolstered by the direct approach here; on the other hand, they may feel flummoxed if their hollandaise doesn't quite come together as promised.
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About the Author

Guy Savoy, a native of France's Dauphine region, is one of France's most celebrated chefs. He is the owner of Guy Savoy, an upscale Parisian restaurant, along with several bistros serving more traditional French home cooking.

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on June 18, 2004
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I always try to evaluate cookbooks with special attention to the audience to which the book is written. I will not think well of a book which claims to present methods for easy cooking or entertaining if the recipe methods are long or the recipes have a high or expensive ingredient count. I also tend to devalue books that mislead the reader's expectations about the subject or emphasis of the book. On the other hand, I raise the number of stars for any book, regardless of audience, which advances my understanding of cooking. I will also raise my evaluation if the book is entertaining. This book sits on the cusp of these two conflicting influences on my rating.
Backed by the star powered Foreword by Patricia Wells, Guy Savoy's title states clearly that the recipes are both simple and designed for the home cook. I suggest that many of the recipes are not very simple and the author's paradigm of the home cook seems to be someone with several hours a day to spend on cooking and shepherding preparations which extend over two or more days. I also get a strong feeling from the ambiance and food styling in the photographs that the `home' environment they picture looks a whole lot like the inside of a professional kitchen. But, there are some redeeming qualities. Let's look at the recipes by chapter.
Even in the opening chapter, `Appetizers', the author gives the game away by giving excellent estimates for prep and cooking time. The chapter starts out on the right foot with the first six (6) recipes giving simple vegetable dishes and salads, but things get darker when we hit recipes such as `Sausage en Brioche' and `Pot-au-Feu Salad' where preparation spans two days, with one or more hour of preparation on each day. These two recipes are not isolated examples, although they are at the upper extreme.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lawrence on April 23, 2008
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My Husband and I where in Paris this year (2008)on Valentines Day and ate at Guy Savoy's Restaurant. It was fantastic and the service was excellent. We spoke to Guy Savoy twice during the evening as he greets all patrons after they have been seated. We liked it so much we purchased 2 cookbooks and Guy signed them both for us. I originally had purchased the cookbook as a coffee table book. Much Guy Savoy: Simple French Recipes for the Home Cookto my surprise I have tried a few recipes and found them wonderful. His rice pudding and the grautin potatoes are great. I plan on doing some of the meat dishes soon. This is a great cookbook and I find they are simple recipes for the home cook!!
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By Lisa Hopkins on January 13, 2014
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This book was an old library book and has a cover that can't be removed with out ruining the front and back. The book also had a list price on it for half the price I paid!! Had I know that, I would have kept looking for a new one.
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