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Great foundation, lots of photos
on June 21, 2011
I bought this book second hand through Amazon. The book had some minor highlighting through it, which I dont mind.
The book has loads of photos! 17 photos just to cook a stuffed omelet (page 248 - 249), 14 photos to butterfly prawns (pg 296 - 298), 32 photos to prepare a sole fillet.
It aims at an elementary level (eg 17 pages on preparing different cuts of potatoes), so it may be too basic for many 'experienced' home cooks, especially if you dont mind too much if your potatoes are cut 'migonette', 'allumette', or 'paile'.
There is more information on fish, seafood, vegetables, but the meat section seems a bit lightweight in comparison. The last sections of the book are 'technical fabrication sheets for classic French preparations', including stocks and basic recipes to illustrate the techniques referred to in the rest of the book. From the Amazon book preview, I thought that most of the book followed this type of format, but it's only the last 50 pages of the 500 page book.
If you're irritated by French cookbooks with limited pictures, then this book could be a great complement for your other books. If you're a confident cook, or you dont mind if your tomatoes are seeded 'emondee' or 'videes' then this Foundational book may be too basic for you.