Written on: 03/10/2012 by reviewkitten (289 reviews written)
I have been cooking since a child and have relied upon the knowledge I gained from my family, school and recipe books. Last Christmas I was given Larousse Gastronomique as a gift. It is a very heavy book with lots of information about techiques, food products and the history of dishes making it a great tool to consult when I am attempting something new like French pastry making. Like my other well loved source book (my battered old Dairy Diary from 1996) this has been a great help in... (read more)
Written on: 11/12/2011 by Lyndawithay (1 review written)
This book is most perplexing and disappointing. 1. The very first word that I looked up in it was not there. I wanted to know more about a very simple thing - 'curdling'. Why does the mixture curdle when you add eggs to butter and sugar? Why is this a process to avoid and what do you do to prevent it? No mention in this book. 2. Next I wanted to know the differences between sultanas, raisins and currants. Why do cake recipes list a certain amount of sultanas and a certain amount of... (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2006 by babrahams (130 reviews written)
Larouse Gastronomique is a must for any serious cook's collection! You can't be called a serious cook until you have this.
What can I say about it? If it is not in this book, it simply does not exist! A real classic! From every kind of fish to any imaginable dish you may have come across on your travels - they are all in there.
Half of it is an encyclopedia, which tells you the origin of an item, how it is best cooked, where it is raised, grown, and caught etc. The second part is for the... (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2005 by bubblemachine (13 reviews written)
Prosper Montagne Larousse Gastronomique: The World's Greatest Cookery Encyclopaedia is more for the enthusiastic cook rather than the beginner. This well-illustrated cooking encyclopaedia contains many illustrations, charts and maps and details almost every style of cooking that has ever existed. It also contains information on how nutrition has developed to what it is today and which kitchen appliances will work best for different recipes. A big and beautiful book. Recommended (read more)
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