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Monet's Table: The Cooking Journals of Claude Monet Hardcover – May 15, 1990


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This beautifully packaged book is a rare treat for admirers of Monet, especially those who have any interest in cooking. Joyes, author of other works on Monet and the wife of Mme. Monet's great-grandson, provides background on life at Giverny; Joel Robuchon, one of France's top chefs, tested the recipes; Naudin contributed stunning photographs of Monet's house and garden; and there are reproductions of many of the artist's works, as well as pages from his cooking journals. The recipes themselves are generally for typical French country food, though there is celebration fare here, too. Unusual, and a treasure.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 5th Edition. edition (May 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671692593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671692599
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By "schippergr" on September 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a lover of the Impressionist movement, I felt compelled to make the pilgrimage to the house of Claude Monet located a few miles north of Paris in the small town of Giverny, Normandy. Monet's refuge is a shrine of the art world renowned for its beautiful and expansive garden filled with flowers, trees, a lake and its famous bridge.
When I entered Monet's home, the dining room made a strong impression upon me: large, very inviting and splashed in yellow as if Monet had tried to capture the strong summer sun to overcome the cloudy winter days of Normandy. The table for twelve was tastefully set with blue and white china with a centerpiece of dazzling fresh flowers, as if beckoning its guests to prepare for a savory adventure to be accompanied by lively discussion. As I passed through the dining room into the kitchen, I noticed that the old, black oven fitted with brass trim and graced with copper pots and pans was still capable of generating warmth, even if the fire went out of it long ago. It was at that moment that I decided to purchase "Monet's Table: The Cooking Journals of Claude Monet", and I have reaped far more from this book than the French francs I had traded in return.
In an interview published on November 26, 1900, in "Le Temps", Claude Monet declared "I am a Parisian of Paris. I was born there in 1840, ... I was born incapable of being disciplined. No one was ever able to make me stick to the rules, not even in my youngest days." Despite this boastful protestation, I am of the personal opinion after having studied his art, visited his home and read books and journals about the artist, that he was, if not disciplined, then certainly dedicated and devoted to the creation of the sensory arts of painting and fine dining in their truest form.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Joe Haldeman on January 18, 2001
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I asked for this book for Christmas after glancing through it at the Bostom Museum of Fine Arts. Monet's one of my favorites, and the biographical stuff (about a third of the book) is fine.
But the recipes are remarkable! Monet was a fanatic in the kitchen, swiping recipes from everybody he knew -- there are reproductions of some of his notebook pages, and they're interesting even if your French (like mine) is weak.
I've done six of the recipes, pork and fish and potatoes and what-all -- and every one was remarkable. This was a period in French cooking where haute cuisine was starting to materialize out of the various regional traditions, and Monet was a careful and discriminating observer of the process.
If you love painting and eating, you have to have this book!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1997
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Sure, Monet's paintings are nice to look at. But until I read this book, I had no appreciation of the depth of Monet's gastronomic artistry. He was truly an artist of eating, and this book skillfully describes how Monet combined French cooking, rural 19th century technology and tastes, and a sensitive and demanding palate (no pun intended) to achieve some fine dishes. Although the heavy use of butter and fat may push our nutritional limits, I encourage anyone who loves a great meal to experiment with this great artist's approach to food. I especially like his use of fresh ingredients
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Inkling on November 8, 2005
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This is one of my favorite books in the whole world, not because of any one thing, but because of how its different parts hinge together to stand you right in the middle of a completely creative spirit. You can get lost in the pages and sense Monet's life. His gardens, the notes on food, the kitchen. It is a large book, perfect for a lap. Sit with it and list-making tools. Think of a kitchen in another time, when food was beautiful and flavors strong and true. I have made the green cake (vert-vert) and it was pretty good, amazingly pretty. The recipes chew at the back of your mind and then you find yourself making something from it on a rainy day when you have also bought flowers at the grocery. If you get this book you will probably buy flowers at the grocery from then on, and that will make you happy.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By josephine.persinger@gte.net on January 2, 1999
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I have read this book several times. I get a clear understanding of Monet's daily habits and routines. I think this allows one to see how he prioritized all details of his life and how painting was an expression of the beauty he was surrounded by. He created social situations and gatherings as well as captured the beauty of the gardens he was responsible for. The untrained eye might believe his paintings were randomly composed and his gardens were random as well. I think he merely had perfected the art of naturally arranging items. He did this in a way that reflected his personality and his loves. He did not impose them on others nor did he allow his choices to be influenced by those arround him. He merely accomodated all the special desires of his family and his friends without leaving his desires out of the picture. A great host and someone I would have found very interesting. He is depicted as demanding and exacting. This book provides many references to the daily life of Claude Monet and the style he created.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "iloveprovence" on August 9, 2000
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Monet, the artist, was also a senualist who relished the beautiful life. Surrounded by his glorious gardens, his home and life were as artistic as his paintings. The author, wife of a descendent of Madame Monet, has created a stunning revelation of Monet's gastronomical preferences. His "table" was always wonderful, whether in the dining room or on excursions. This book offers delectable recipes recreated in photographs. This glimpse into Monet's home is fantastique!
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