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Get your Sourcing Boots on...
on August 24, 2013
..the recipes are doable, to find the ingredients, challenging. Anybody who has easy access to tonka bean and Voatsiperifery pepper will find this book a veritable "snap." But for the rest of us, well, maybe not so easy. I might add those two ingredients, amongst others, are in one recipe, and not the most difficult at that. The pepper, for those who are interested, comes from South Eastern Madagascar, not western, not northern mind you, south eastern. And Amazon (kind-of)carries it, they are out of stock.
So, here is a cook-book that is almost impossible to use, at least by ordinary mortals, and yet that is just the reason to buy it. It is stunning visual presentation more of art then here-slap-this-in-a-pan and sear lightly. None of that.
You will not find a more stunning book published in the last year, and note, I did not say "cook-book." The book, and take my word for this, is without peer even before you take it out of its slipcase, even without opening it. It is, in a word, superb.
Ms. Pic is the only female chef in France with 3-stars. She draws her heritage from her great grandmother, grandfather and father before her, all expert chefs, all topflight Michelin holders. My guess is we will not be doing "Le Livre Blanc" parties a la "Jerusalem," but then again, it would be interesting, actually more than that.
And the tonka beans? The Atlantic Monthly says this "The Tonka Bean: An Ingredient So Good it Has to be Illegal." Really? They were banned in the United States by the FDA in 1954, who knew?
Highly recommend the book, you will not be disappointed.