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Foie Gras: A Passion

Coe, Andrew;Davis, Mitchell;Ginor, Michael A.;Ziegelman, Jane

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ISBN 10: 0471293180 / ISBN 13: 9780471293187
Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc, Somerset, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1999
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Title: Foie Gras: A Passion

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc, Somerset, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good+

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Book Type: Book

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"When I read Foie Gras ... A Passion, I was touched by Michael Ginor's respect for and fascination with foie gras. It is at the same time a dignified study of foie gras and a beautifully illustrated work, rich in its international selection of recipes. Bravo, Monsieur!"
--Alain Ducasse, Chef-Restaurateur

"At last, the perfect gift for the voluptuary."
--Gael Greene, New York magazine

"An incredible odyssey! Foie Grass ... A Passion is a thoroughly exquisite overview of my favorite subject. This book is a magnificent culinary tribute-a feast for all the senses! Simply, a must-have selection for everyone's culinary library."
--Jean-Louis Palladin, Chef-Restaurateur

"Foie Gras ... A Passion is an exercise in monomania of the most appealing sort."
--Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times

"This book, reflecting elegance and intellect, tells a story of immense passion. In tracing the history of foie gras, the authors carry us along through culinary traditions, ethnic cultures, and across continents. The recipes challenge the imagination and the palate."
--Ferdinand Metz, President, The Culinary Institute of America

"As much a coffee table book as a cookbook, this beautiful celebration of foie gras includes a thorough history of the delicacy and mouthwatering full-page photographs of each of the dishes. Those who get past turning the pretty pages can sample the foie gras inspired recipes ... a veritable who's who of contemporary chefs."
--Food & Wine's Best of the Best


Rich and silky, fresh foie gras is one of the world's great foods. But until the mid-80s, due to importation restrictions and without domestic production, none was available here. Michael A. Ginor, proprietor of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, was among the first to establish production of domestic duck foie gras, which excited the livers' current popularity. Foie Gras: A Passion, by Ginor and Mitchell Davis, celebrates foie gras in words and pictures; though it contains 80 chef-created foie gras recipes, accompanied by alluring color photos, the book is best appreciated for its thorough exploration of its subject. Those interested in this extraordinary specialty, and its place in modern American cooking, will embrace the book.

Commencing with a comprehensive exploration of foie gras history, which began with geese domestication in ancient Egypt, and continuing with an exploration of its production and use in Europe and America (there's a fascinating glimpse of foie gras's role in 19th-century Jewish cooking), the book then limns the modern methods by which foie gras is obtained and sold. The authors also address animal rights issues--they maintain that liver-fattening methods respect the birds' eating habits and physiology--and provide notes on wine and foie gras pairings as well as practical purchasing, cooking, and handling information. Recipes such as Caramelized Torte of Foie Gras, Smoked Eel, Spring Onion, and Apple are featured, as are the work of chefs including André Daguin, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pépin, and Charlie Trotter. If the recipes are beyond the reach (and pocketbook) of most cooks, there is much else to enjoy and ponder in this singular food book, a vital addition to a culinary library. --Arthur Boehm

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