Le Gavroche Cookbook
A slice of culinary history. Classic French from leading London restaurant Le Gavroche, created and run by the Roux family, now in its 50th year.
Le Gavroche opened its doors in 1967 under Michel and Albert Roux. Half a century later, the Roux family is a name synonymous with quality French cooking and the highest standard of service. Michel Roux Jr, who has been chef de cuisine at Le Gavroche for over 25 years now, selects 200 of the most popular classic recipes from its kitchens.
Michel Roux Jr worked with many of France's top chefs and as a personal chef to the President of France before taking over at Le Gavroche. This edition of his first book marks the restaurant's 50th year anniversary, showing how to create the atmosphere and cuisine of Le Gavroche at home, with advice on dining French style and how to select what to drink, from aperitif to sweet wine.
For nearly 35 years Le Gavroche has been one of the finest restaurants in London, serving exquisitely balanced food in the classic French tradition. Founded by Michel and Albert Roux, and now run by chef Michel Roux Jr, its pre-eminence is celebrated in Le Gavroche Cookbook, a superb collection of 200 dishes from the restaurant's recipe books. The book is organised seasonally, with an emphasis on the freshest and finest ingredients (if you're going to try to cook this type food, you have to buy the best--there's no point otherwise). Gulls' Eggs with Caviar, Roast Black Leg Chicken with Fresh Pasta, Foie Gras and Truffles, from the Spring section; Stuffed Sea Bass with Fennel, from Summer; Lobster Soufflé with Quail's Egg and Brandy and Rich Braised Stuffed Hare, from Winter: this is luxurious and expensive cooking. Challenging, too. Michel Roux Jr doesn't give much in the way of guidance for the inexperienced but ambitious cook: the instructions are plain to the point of austerity, but assume a considerable degree of skill and familiarity with the procedures of classic French cuisine. The results, though complex, are beautifully balanced. Of its kind, this food is perfect, representing an ideal of sophistication to which cooks can aspire. The book is elegantly (and robustly) produced and amply illustrated, adding to the pleasure of using it. --Robin Davidson --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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