Rene Verdon's French Cooking for the American Table

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René Verdon (1924 - 2011) was a French-born American chef. Verdon was the chef for the White House during the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Verdon was hired by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. He was a "Maître-Cuisinier de France and one of the world's foremost chefs. In this book, Verdon teaches you the cooking and serving of more than 1350 classic French dishes made with America's great native foods. French cooking, According to Verdon, is cooking to preserve and enhance the fresh, natural tastes of foods. With this as his goal, he falls with relish upon the great foods to be found I the American larder. He gives you detailed and explicit directions for selecting the very best meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, and other foods at your local supermarket. He teaches you step-by-step, omitting nothing, the 12 basic methods of French cooking, telling you not only how a thing is done, but why. Once you understand why, you can stop cooking with recipes and start cooking with foods. Mr. Verdon tells you how to make and store the basic stocks, sauces, and other classic preparations so they will be on hand for dozens of quick easy-to-cook meals. Having laid the foundation, he proceeds through the authentic French repertoire of recipes taken from both country cooking and haute cuisine. Every major food (such as chicken) has basic recipes for every appropriate cooking method (such as sautéing)followed by numerous variations and serving suggestions with their authentic French titles. It is enriched throughout with the knowledge and philosophy of a man who knows and loves good food.

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