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Daniel: My French Cuisine

Daniel: My French Cuisine – is a heavy weight in the world of cookery books – not only in terms of content but in actual weight too – with almost 400 glossy, quality pages between its thick covers.

It is the stunning, definitive and personal cookbook that tells the story of Daniel Boulud, one of the world’s most respected chefs, and of his love of French food. He hails from that fabulous city of French gastronomy Lyon, and has restaurants in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, London, Vancouver and Singapore.

Most of the recipes are complex and probably not for the average home cook – mind you there are one or two like those for Tarte Normande and the Wild Mushroom Tarte Flambee that I definitely intend to try. And from one or two other recipes I might extract an element of a dish and use it to accompany something else I am making. At the back of the book there are some useful Basic Recipes which I certainly can and will use.

But it’s not just the recipes that intrigue us; there are the anecdotes behind the recipes, the stories of Daniel’s life, the essays written by Bill Buford and the exquisite photographs taken by Thomas Schauer.

This is a show-stopper of a book and one that anybody seriously interested in cooking, in food, about life in a restaurant will want to read from cover to cover.

Daniel: My French Cuisine. Daniel Boulud and Sylvie Bigar. Sphere – Little Brown Book Group Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-7515-5447-2. £35.

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