Great Cooks and Their Recipes From Taillevent to Escoffier

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In this book, first published 13 years ago, are represented many of the great cooks of the last six centuries, including the best known, Mrs Beeton, Fannie Farmer and Escoffier, as well as the less known such as Taillevent, Scappi, Martino and Robert May. 100 recipes are described. Anne Willan, who is a scholar and founder of the La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, describes the story of their background, techniques and innovations. Each recipe appears translated or transcribed in its original form alongside a modern version that is easily achievable in today's kitchen. This new edition has been illustrated with specially commissioned colour photographs together with contemporary paintings and engravings, and is virtually the first history of cooking seen through the lives and times of the cooks themselves.

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This splendid volume looks at the life and times and the recipes of fourteen great chefs (from France, Italy, America, and Britain) who, across six centuries, have raised Western civilization¹s culinary skills to the highest degree. Apart from such recent names as Escoffier and Fannie Farmer, there are those that have been largely forgotten, such as Taillevent, Scappi, and Martino. Anne Willan examines their backgrounds, techniques, and innovations, and there are some 100 recipes demonstrating the specialties of each cook. Richly illustrated with 250 photographs and works of art. Anne Willan is a scholar, cook, and founder of La Varenne Cooking School in France. Among her many books are La France Gastronomique, La Varenne Pratique, and Anne Willan: From My Chateau Kitchen.

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