Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques: The Indispensable Reference Demonstrates Over 700 Illustrated Techniques with 2,000 Photos and 200 Recipes

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With this exceptional opus, over 100 years of unparalleled experience and expertise are put at the fingertips of every home cook using the same hands-on approach promoted in practical classes at Le Cordon Bleu's institutes. This indispensable and unique reference work teaches essential preparation and cooking skills and professional tricks-of-the-trade, with over 700 cooking techniques shown in more than 2,000 color images.

Whatever the interest -- providing family-pleasing everyday fare or mastering a top chef's recipe, or even attempting to re-create a dish from a restaurant menu -- Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques will enable people to cook what they want with success. Its hundreds of illustrated techniques are invaluable kitchen aids, as are the many integral recipes.

Cooks interested in ethnic cuisines, readers of chef inspired, ingredient-led, or occasion-oriented cookbooks, as well as devotees of simple home cooking will turn to this book again and again and wonder how they ever cooked without it. Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques is destined to become a classic kitchen reference.

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All successful cooking - from the simplest to the most complex - depends on the careful selection and correct preparation of ingredients. Now, for the first time, the home cook and the culinary professional alike have at their fingertips over seven hundred illustrated cooking techniques in a clear and easy-to-follow format. Essential preparation and cooking skills, professional secrets, expert tricks of the trade, favorite recipes, and stunning finished dishes are shown in over two thousand original full-color photographs and explained in concise, informative text.

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Cheese Souffles

Serves 4

These light-as-air cheese puffs are rightly called souffles, despite their unconventional sabayon-type base. They are served floating on a rich cheese cream, called a fondue after the French word for melt.

4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup dry white wine
Salt and freshly ground pepper
4 oz. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

For the Fondue

3/4 cup heavy cream 4 oz. Gruyere or other easy-melting cheese, grated

To Serve

Snipped chives
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Put the egg yolks and wine in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water (bain marie) and whisk them together until they reach the ribbon stage. Remove the bowl from the bain marie and whisk until the mixture is cool.

In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold the whites gently but thoroughly into the egg yolk mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.

Bring the cream to the boil in a pan and stir in the Gruyere until melted and smooth. Pour into four shallow ovenproof dishes.

Using two spoons, shape the egg mixture into quenelles and float on the fondue. Sprinkle each quenelle with one-quarter of the grated Parmesan. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or until the souffles are puffed up and golden brown. Serve at once, sprinkled with snipped chives, with grated Parmesan cheese handed separately.

Alternative Flavorings

*Replace the Gruyere with blue cheese.
*Add a little rouille to the fondue.
*Add freshly chopped herbs to the fondue.

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Gravlax

In Sweden, they have perfected the art of salting fish to produce the famous gravlax. Use unskinned salmon fillets; once cured, store wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

1. Lay two 2 lb. salmon fillets skin-side down in a shallow glass dish. Combine 5 tbsp. sea salt, 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp. crushed white peppercorns and sprinkle over the fish Sprinkle I large bunch of coarsely chopped dill evenly over the salt mixture.

2. Lay the uncoated fillet, skin-side up over the other. Place foil-covered cardboard over the fillets an weight it down. Refrigerate for 3 days, turning every 12 hours until the seasoning have penetrated the flesh.

3. To serve, separate the two fillets and cut each one crosswise on the diagonal into thin slices. Fan the slices out on individual plates and serve with lemon and dill, and a mustard and dill sauce.

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