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I Know How to Cook Hardcover – September 24, 2009
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"I Know How to Cook-all 975 pages and 5.2 pounds of it-meets this high practical standards - it includes everything you need to know-about tools, techniques, ingredient choice and menu-building-to take on almost any reasonable home-cooking challenge with Gallic flair."―The Wall Street Journal
"You'll relish Mathiot's many delicious sauces, vegetables and salads. "―Energy Times
"Pure French cuisine. "―Associated Press
"A comprehensive collection. . . Under Mathiot's guidance, the vanilla souffl é did exactly as told, which is really all you can ask. "―The New York Times Book Review
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Clotilde Dusoulier lives in Paris. Her award-winning blog, Chocolate & Zucchini, first launched in 2003.
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The original book is certainly not a learner's book; if anything it's more of a complement to something like Mastering The Art of French Cooking, to be used as a reference after working through the more technique-oriented books. Comparisons to Joy of Cooking are apt; while very few books on the market are quite as ambitious as Joy (which has a level of information density that is intimidating even by most professional standards), Mathiot certainly cast her net wide for traditional French cooking, even adding a few foreign recipes (one situation where the book sadly underachieves). This book does take some liberties, fleshing out some of the recipes for overseas audiences and adding the now-traditional selection of specialties from overseas French chefs (including, among others, Daniel Boulud, but sadly fewer other A-listers than you'd expect).
What does irk me, though, is something I thought Phaidon had abandoned with ...Read more ›
For amateur cooks, I can only say that this book might be kind of worthless. It really does assume that you know a lot. All in all, if you like collecting cookbooks, it is a good one to have on your shelf.... just don't count on using as you would a normal cookbook.
If you enjoy French cooking, it is a worthwhile resource to have this book; it expansively covers so much material that I was pleasantly surprised when I first opened it, and am still excitedly planning ahead for meals yet to be cooked. Of particular note (not to mention the over 1,400 easy-to-follow recipes that don't take all day) is the section of menus by celebrated chefs (40+ pages), and the menu planning section based upon seasons of the year.
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Lots of good recipes. Worth having if you want to become a good cook : )Published 7 months ago by Chalisa Desouza
Everything you've wanted to know about French cooking (aside from baking and pastry), so informative and beautifully illustrated.Published 14 months ago by Erica Patino
My French mother-in-law used it all her 95-year life and she was an incredible cook. My wife used the same one for another 55 years, and she gave French cooking lessons in the US. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Guy Lussiez
This book was a Christmas present for my daughter who loves to cook. It was received quickly even though I ordered it the week before Christmas and it was in pristine condition. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Ibby
cause its the most simple recipe book out there i love it so much use it everyday and for partiesPublished on November 16, 2013 by jos