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Wolfgang Puck's Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen: Recipes Form the James Beard Award-winning Chef-owner of Spago

Puck, Wolfgang

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ISBN 10: 0395313287 / ISBN 13: 9780395313282
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., 1981
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286pp. Illustrated. Inscribed and signed by the author on the title page. Former owner's name/info is marked over in white-out on the front flyleaf Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 141984684-01

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Title: Wolfgang Puck's Modern French Cooking for ...

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fair

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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The chef of Los Angeles's Ma Maison restaurant offers more than 200 recipes, based on la nouvelle cuisine, adapted to American ingredients and methods, and includes tips on presentation and wine and seasonal menus

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Wolfgang Puck's first book, written before he became wildly famous as the owner-chef of Spago and Chinois, offers more than 160 complex, innovative recipes that employ elements both familiar and surprising. Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen focuses on the basics of French cooking rather than the self-consciously avant-garde fusion food that Puck helped to pioneer. But, as Wolfgang himself says, he is "never intimidated by tradition" and the recipes in this book are hardly ordinary. Dishes such as Zucchini Flowers Filled with Shrimp Mousse, fresh and nontraditional from conception, set the tone. Bold flavors are the rule here; even simple-sounding recipes prove to be rich and intricate. Lobster with Herbs, for example, is served with both a tomato-basil béarnaise and a beurre blanc with herbes de Provence. Illustrated with clear and helpful drawings and succinctly laid out, intimidating gems such as a Sweetbread Torte (baked in puff pastry with ham, black olives, cream, and port) seem almost straightforward. Throughout the book, Puck interjects vignettes from his childhood, musings on different ingredients, and his opinions on the philosophy of cooking. His enthusiasm is infectious; before you know it, your copy will be dog-eared and slathered in butter. -- David Kalil

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