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Saveur Cooks Authentic French Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 1, 1999

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Culinary fads come and go, but the classic dishes of French cooking are, with any luck, forever. From coq au vin and bouillabaisse to cassoulet and boeuf Bourguignonne, these wonderful plates form the backbone of a great cuisine--perhaps the world's greatest. Saveur Cooks Authentic French, compiled by the editors of the eponymous food magazine, offers vivid testament, in words and pictures, to this huge achievement and the traditions that define it. Even cooks who think they've seen enough of these recipes will welcome the Saveur collection, which provides particularly good examples. Those just beginning to discover French cooking will want the book for its approachable, well-edited selection.

Arranged by courses or food types, from hors d'oeuvres through desserts, the book presents 125 authentic regional recipes. In addition to the above-mentioned dishes, readers will find recipes for other beloved standards, such as soupe a l'oignon gratinée, confit de canard, and soufflé au chocolat; they'll also discover superb less-familiar dishes including cotriade (Breton seafood in broth), volaille fermière au vinaigre (farmhouse vinegar chicken from Alsace) and épaule d'agneau à la Catalane (Catalan-style shoulder of lamb). A chapter devoted to foie gras, frogs' legs, snails, and truffles is a particular pleasure, and will inspire readers to produce (with a cooperative pocketbook) such delights as seared foie gras with green grapes. With informative sidebars that place the dishes in context and more than 400 color photos, the book is a complete evocation of its rich subject as well as a working kitchen companion. --Arthur Boehm --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stylish, knowledgeable, chatty... full of gorgeous, you-are-there photographs. The same infectious energy that runs through the magazine....The voice of authenticity. The New York Times

Once you pick up Saveur Cooks Authentic American, you can't put it down....Riveting. San Francisco Examiner Magazine

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 949th edition (December 1, 1999)
  • ISBN-10: 0811825647
  • ASIN: B000A3WW08
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,690,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book on many levels. The pictures are gorgeous to look at; the recipes make me weak with hunger; the pages are printed on thick paper that feels sumptuous for the relatively low price of the book; and the overall effect of the book is to transport me to a fantasy French life I'm living in my imagination. I appreciated the emphasis on traditional French recipes, as well as the abundant information about the origin of these recipes and the customs of traditional French life. Saveur, as a magazine, is always encyclopedic in its scope, and I was glad to see that this method was applied to the cookbook. Also, I was happy to find that not everything in the cookbook was just a rehash from the magazine -- there was some genuinely new information in the book. I got a really thorough understanding of the way certain regions of France approach the preparation of food, and was able to compare and contrast them based on their use of different ingredients and cooking methods. I hope this book gets the praise that Saveur Cooks Authentic American received.
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Saveur is the best cooking magazine, and it has a primary focus on French cooking. This book reflects that, and an introduction that favors French over "silly fusion cooking" definitely has my vote. Most of the recipes are quite involved; some common, some quite unusual, all a treat to eyes nose and tongue. I have a lot of French cookbooks and this is compliments rather than duplicates.
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Saveur Cooks Authentic French is a great book on french cooking. The book has many photos and info behind the recipes. Often French cooking may seem a bit more exotic than our normal every day recipes, but this book writes on a level that is easy to understand. The French Onion soup in this book is heavenly. Its so good, I will eat only my own. Recipes range from rather simple to a bit more complex. Recipes are well written, easy to follow, and turn out well.
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I hesitated to order this for a long, long time, telling myself "You don't need ANOTHER cookbook on French food, you need to start cooking more from the ones you already have."

Well I broke down when I saw a LIKE NEW copy for a very nice price.

When the book arrived I was thrilled. It looked brand new and was an absolute pleasure to page through it, and I noticed it struck a nice balance between authenticity and getting overly detailed (like Mastering the Art of French Cooking is by now [though for its time this was necessary]).

One after the other, all the classic dishes seem to be here. Awesome. But what takes this further is you're not just mindlessly following the recipe, you're learning a little about the dish, the area, and times along the way (like the French grandmother who uses a little potato starch in her vinaigrette to keep it from separating).

This is one of the few books (and I buy cookbooks like a junkie getting his next fix) where the book actually exceeded my expectations, and where I found myself putting Post Its on one page after another and looking forward to trying the recipes and filling in the holes in my French repertoire.

I highly recommend this book.
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Everything about this book is delicious! From the stories, to the photographs and art direction, to the quality of stock on which it's printed, to finally the recipes. I couldn't get enough of it. It takes a dish and makes it more than just ingredients. You learn about people and places and events that are also a part of the recipe. It's so much more than just a cookbook.
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I have "worked" to identify in the book and bring forth three receipes with complete detail without alterations to the table. I have had unconditional success with my Family, my most honest critics!
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I have gone through the entire book and flagged it with post-it flags. It has met with all of my expectations. The seller was completely honest about the condition of the book. I am very particular about my books and I loved this one inspire of the fact that it didn't have a dustcover. I will order from this business again!
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Fabulous book! Truly one of the most readable cookbooks ever (and I have several!) Not just a coffee table picture book. Useable. Enjoyable. It's a region-by-region history/travel/recipes book that you have trouble putting down, yet can't wait to use.
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