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French Classics Made Easy Paperback – May 18, 2011
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When a step isn’t crucial, he eliminates it. When a shortcut works, he uses it. When something can be done in advance, he does it. Plus he’s cut the amount of butter, cream, egg yolks, salt and sugar without compromising the flavor of the dish. It’s an amazing transformation: 250 splendid recipes for both gracious entertaining and cooking everyday meals with an unmistakable French flair.
Top Customer Reviews
Actually, there are 250 French recipes that Grausman delivers to the home cook using ingredients readily available at your local supermarket. Add to that, the illustrated step-by-step techniques (for example, "How to Line a Tart Pan" as illustrated and described on page 65) and others throughout the book all add to the excellence of this cookbook.
The extent of Grausman's attention to detail in writing this book is to be commended. For ease of recognition to his audience, the recipe titles are in English, followed by the French translation. In addition, a personal favorite feature of any cook book is that the Table of Contents be comprehensive enough to include the page number where the reader can find not only where a particular Chapter can be found, but what page to find a particular category within a Chapter. That may seem like a "nit-picking" feature for me to get excited about, but trust me, when you've read, judged, and used as many cook books as I have in my professional culinary life, that feature is very useful to the reader!Read more ›
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Richard Grausman puts a lot of himself in the cookbook in a way that makes me feel like I'm taking a fun cooking class taught by somebody I really like. He adds a lot of notes about why you should or shouldn't do things a certain way, which I think is a sign of a good teacher and helps me be a better cook. And it never comes across as patronizing.
The really nice thing about it, too, is that the recipes are actually affordable. Sure, a few of them have some pricier ingredients, but Grausman always gives the chef an out if need be.
If you want to try French cooking, buy this cookbook!
The one thing I do love about it is the section for sauces (both sweet and savory) including variations and what to serve them with. I don't see myself getting a ton of use out of this book.
French Classics Made Easy, is the best cookbook I've ever used!
The book takes classic recipes and simplifies them to make
them hits at any meal. Suggested wine and side dishes are perfect
complements to each recipe, and every dish I've prepared never
fails to get rave notices from family and friends.
French Classics Made Easy has given me a great excuse to have numerous dinner parties this summer, each time rolling out impressive, flavorful meals that have been enormous hits. Guests always beg for the recipe! Stated prep/cooking times seem right on, and since many of them require less than an hour, it's pretty easy to pull together a meal quickly. I appreciate that the advance preparation and hold times for the refrigerator and freezer (if applicable) are given for the recipes. There are even serving suggestions to help in menu planning.
Everything has been absolutely excellent, but some of my favorites are Watercress Soup, Shrimp A La Provencale (Shrimp in Garlic Tomato Sauce), Chicken A La Portugaise (Chicken with Mushrooms, Tomato, and Olives), French Lamb Stew, Waterless Cooked Carrots, Sauce Beurre Blanc (White Butter Sauce), and Almond Cake with Raspberry Puree. The recipe for Chocolate Mousse is fabulous and a snap to make. Actually, I have made most all the recipes in the book, many over and over again, and found them all absolutely yummy.
As for ease of use, I think the pictures are really helpful, the directions are very clear and the recipes uncomplicated to prepare. The introduction includes good information about ingredients, preparation, and even equipment.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just recently purchased this book and am so happy I got to add it to my collection! After reading through almost every recipe, I found that the author really simplifies the art... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent cookbook. I have three cast iron pans of various sizes and can use the recipes in all three.Published 10 days ago by Virginia L. Albano
I don't know about the 'easy' part, as many of the recipes and techniques seem a bit complicated for the average-experienced home cook, and to be honest I haven't tried any of them... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lynda M. Mortensen
JUST GREAT RECIPES .... HARD TO DO BUT SEEM SO DELICIOUS ... THANK YOUPublished 6 months ago by DANIELLE
There are no photos!! :-( ...one of the most important elements of French Cuisine is presentation. Wish I could return it. The recipes are fine, easy to follow... Read morePublished 7 months ago by cheryl rooney
This French cookbook is a masterpiece. It makes real French style eating much more accessible to average non-French. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Baker's Dozen