Le Guide Culinaire

Le Guide Culinaire

by Auguste Escoffier
Original publisher
Editions Flammarion
Date of publication
1903
ISBN
047090027x
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William Woys Weaver

William Woys Weaver

Food historian, author, gardener, epicure

While his sun has set, in his heyday Escoffier became a guiding light in the expression of haute cuisine as practiced on an international scale. He canonized traditional French cookery thus his influence is undeniable, yet it was also his highly structuralized and fussy mode of cooking that spawned a reaction first with Nouvelle Cuisine and now with farm-to-table, “natural” cuisine, and a new search for authenticity. I do not cook from Escoffier, but I have a first edition (in English) of his cookbook just in case I want to look up the old French way of making a dish. Otherwise his food is too much smothered in sauces.

Charles Michel

Charles Michel

Chef and Food Researcher

A bible. But what I like more are the forewords of Escoffier that really show why he was a genius, and how well he sensed the spirit of his times to create a change in how kitchen's were organised. Also, I really like some of the old techniques he uses that are sometimes forgotten, the use of essences for instance.

James Winter

James Winter

Executive Editor, Saturday Kitchen

The only cook book you really need everything is in it. Yes its minimalist in its descriptions and methods but it’s all in there.

Daniel Galmiche

Daniel Galmiche

Chef

A must for all chefs. So great - bought it when I was 15 years old and starting my apprenticeship.

Job Ubbink

Job Ubbink

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The all-time classic, with very extensive lists of recipes, all very briefly described.

Simon Haigh

Simon Haigh

Food and Beverage Director

My reference book for the 706/3 at college, possibly the foundation of food today

Graham Kerr

Graham Kerr

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This was my textbook at Brighton and South Devon Hotel Schools.

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Susi Gott Séguret

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Classic, classic, classic.

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