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Old 04-26-2006, 12:40 PM   #11
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Lots of better choices for that money
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Old 04-26-2006, 03:11 PM   #12
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I consider Larousse a reference book for reading not a recipe book. My edition is 1966. I was looking at it last night and for Bouillabaisse it has 2 full pages but no recipes only what it has in it in different areas. I like to read it and then do my own thing. The only actual thing it said about amts is for 8 people you need 6.5# of sea food. The French recipe book that I like is Raymond Olliver. I do own a couple encyclopedias of cooking but they have no recipes or ingredient lists.
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:09 PM   #13
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Thanks everyone for all the input...
I think that I will hold off for a while as I'm not a "gourmet" cook....I would like to get a copy eventually though for reference.
I just splurged on some of the "beautiful cookbooks"... that'll have to hold me for a while.

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Old 04-27-2006, 01:59 PM   #14
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I LOVE the "Beautiful" cookbooks series. Have them all, & except for a few, all in the older hardcover editions. Apparently Borders Books has had a number of them republished in hardcover editions under their own masthead & at much lower prices (they were all originally put out at around $40-$50). You can now get them for around $10, & they're just as lovely as ever. Also make a fun read, since each chapter starts with a basic food history of the province.
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Old 05-08-2006, 01:17 PM   #15
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I'm with everyone else -- a fun book to have if you already have dozens of cookbooks (I also have an Escoffier, and several other reproductions of antique cookbooks). Not for cooking, but for research and just fun reading.
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Old 05-24-2006, 04:55 AM   #16
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To me it is a great source of food information, and there are some fine recipes.

But it is not a recipe book.



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Useless for anything but traditional European cuisine though. I own the most recent revision and it doesn't pay much more than lip service to other cuisines.


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It's quite the definitive reference source for French cooking. But unless you are really into profession standard cooking you may not need something that detailed.



I would add something else. It is not much use for the average housewife. It is written for professional chefs working in restaurants.

To sum up: it is a great book to read but useless for practical use.

That's my humble opinion, anyway.
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Old 05-24-2006, 09:03 PM   #17
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I think it is an extrodinary book. A hands down classic that I dreamed of owning for years, before DH suprised me with a copy one day entirely out of the blue. Which brought me to tears and made it all the more special. For anyone who enjoys classic French/European cuisine or simply enjoys reading about food (history) this is a must own book.
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It's a great reference book, which is indeed set up like an enclycopedia... not a cookbook. It also has a lot of information on cooking history.

I had read that the newer versions had added material and was "dumbed down" somewhat. So, I bought the initial US release (1961) for less than 20 bucks. Completely worth it IMO.
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It's a great reference book, which is indeed set up like an enclycopedia... not a cookbook. It also has a lot of information on cooking history.

I had read that the newer versions had added material and was "dumbed down" somewhat. So, I bought the initial US release (1961) for less than 20 bucks. Completely worth it IMO.
I also have the 1961 version got it on Ebay years ago.The most expensive book I have is Wenzels Menu Maker the 1970s edition it still cost $165.00 fortunately I got it as a gift.That book has everything you need to know from running a diner to fine dining,payroll etc and tons of recipes.Not many people have heard of this book but its a great one.
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Old 09-04-2007, 11:10 PM   #20
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I recently sold my wenzels menu maker but kept my larousse it is history pesonified
I am no longer involved in the food seen Retired.
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