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The Everyday Sous Vide Cookbook: 150 Easy to Make at Home Recipes

The Everyday Sous Vide Cookbook: 150 Easy to Make at Home Recipes Lowest new price: $12.97
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Author: Jamie Stewart

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Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter (Signed Limited Edition): Stories & Watercolors, Recipes & Photographs

Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter (Signed Limited Edition): Stories & Watercolors, Recipes & Photographs Lowest new price: $156.34
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Author: Daniel Humm

From the world’s #1 dining destination, New York’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park, comes a limited edition, signed and numbered, two-volume collection of more than 100 stories and watercolors (volume 1), and more than 100 recipes and food photographs (volume 2), from celebrated chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. 

Daniel Humm and his business partner, Will Guidara, have made an indelible mark on the global dining scene with their award-winning restaurants The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, which recently claimed the number one slot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. In their latest impressive contribution to high-end cookbooks, Humm and Guidara reflect on the last eleven years at Eleven Madison Park, the period in which this singular team garnered scores of accolades, including four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, seven James Beard Foundation awards, and for Chef Humm, the 2015 chefs’ choice award from a worldwide jury of his peers.  In two highly appointed volumes, the authors share more than 100 recipes, stunning photographs, lush watercolor illustrations, and—for the very first time—personal stories from Chef Humm describing his unparalleled culinary journey and inspiration. Only 11,000 copies of this deluxe slipcase collection have been printed, and each edition is numbered and hand signed by the authors.

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The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

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Author: Alice B. Toklas
Brand: Harper Perennial

“A book of character, fine food and tasty human observation."
The New Yorker

 

Featuring the recipes and memories of Alice B. Toklas—a prominent American expat who lived in France and was Gertrude Stein’s lover—The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book is a precursor to the classic works of famed French chefs Julia Child and M.F.K. Fisher , and stands alongside Stein’s The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas as a celebration of the fascinating life and times of the woman James Beard called, “one of the really great cooks of all time.”

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The Art of French Pastry

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Author: Jacquy Pfeiffer
Brand: Brand: Knopf

Winner of  the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Cookbook, Dessert & Baking

What does it take to perfect a flawless éclair? A delicate yet buttery croissant? To pipe dozens of macarons? The answer is: an intimate knowledge of the fundamentals of pastry. In The Art of French Pastry award-winning pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, cofounder of the renowned French Pastry School in Chicago, gives you just that.

By teaching you how to make everything from pâte à choux to pastry cream, Pfeiffer builds on the basics until you have an understanding of the science behind the ingredients used, how they interact with one another, and what your hands have to do to transform them into pastry. This yields glorious results! Expect to master these techniques and then indulge in exquisite recipes, such as:
 
·      brioche
·      napoléons / Mille-Feuilles
·      cream puffs
·      Alsatian cinnamon rolls / chinois
·      lemon cream tart with meringue teardrops
·      elephant ears / palmiers
·      black forest cake
·      beignets
 
as well as some traditional Alsatian savory treats, including:
 
·    Pretzels
·    Kougelhof
·    Tarte Flambée
·    Warm Alsatian Meat Pie
 
Pastry is all about precision, so Pfeiffer presents us with an amazing wealth of information—lists of necessary equipment, charts on how ingredients react in different environments, and the precise weight of ingredients in grams, with a look at their equivalent in U.S. units—which will help you in all aspects of your cooking.

But in order to properly enjoy your “just desserts,” so to speak; you will also learn where these delicacies originated. Jacquy Pfeiffer comes from a long line of pastry chefs and has been making these recipes since he was a child working in his father’s bakery in Alsace. Sprinkled with funny, charming memories from a lifetime in pastry, this book will have you fully appreciating the hundreds of years of tradition that shaped these recipes into the classics that we know and love, and can now serve to our friends and families over and over again.

The Art of French Pastry, full of gorgeous photography and Pfeiffer’s accompanying illustrations, is a master class in pastry from a master teacher.

Featured Recipes from The Art of French Pastry

Christmas Sables
Download the recipe for Christmas Sables
Ganache
Download the recipe for Ganache

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A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food

A Taste of Paris: A History of the Parisian Love Affair with Food Lowest new price: $12.09
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Author: David Downie

A Taste of Paris is a delectable culinary history of the gastronomic capital of the world, written by David Downie, the critically acclaimed author of Paris, Paris and A Passion for Paris.

“A joyous romp through time . . . The streets and tables of Paris will never be the same and I could not be more grateful.” ―Alice Waters

In his trademark witty and informative style, David Downie embarks on a quest to discover “What is it about the history of Paris that has made it a food lover’s paradise?” Long before Marie Antoinette said, “Let them eat cake!” (actually, it was brioche), the Romans of Paris devoured foie gras, and live oysters rushed in from the Atlantic; one Medieval cookbook describes a thirty-two part meal featuring hare stew, eel soup, and honeyed wine; during the last great banquet at Versailles a year before the Revolution the gourmand Louis XVI savored thirty-two main dishes and sixteen desserts; yet, in 1812, Grimod de la Reynière, the father of French gastronomy, regaled guests with fifty-two courses, fifteen wines, three types of coffee, and seventeen liqueurs.

Following the contours of history and the geography of the city, Downie sweeps readers on an insider’s gourmet walking tour of Paris and its environs in A Taste of Paris, revealing the locations of Roman butcher shops, classic Belle Epoque bistros serving diners today and Marie Antoinette’s exquisite vegetable garden that still supplies produce, no longer to the unfortunate queen, but to the legendary Alain Ducasse and his stylish restaurant inside the palace of Versailles. Along the way, readers learn why the rich culinary heritage of France still makes Paris the ultimate arbiter in the world of food.

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Bouchon (The Thomas Keller Library)

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Author: Thomas Keller
Brand: Jeffrey Cerciello

Thomas Keller, chef/proprieter of Napa Valley's French Laundry, is passionate about bistro cooking. He believes fervently that the real art of cooking lies in elevating to excellence the simplest ingredients; that bistro cooking embodies at once a culinary ethos of generosity, economy, and simplicity; that the techniques at its foundation are profound, and the recipes at its heart have a powerful ability to nourish and please.

So enamored is he of this older, more casual type of cooking that he opened the restaurant Bouchon, right next door to the French Laundry, so he could satisfy a craving for a perfectly made quiche, or a gratinéed onion soup, or a simple but irresistible roasted chicken. Now Bouchon, the cookbook, embodies this cuisine in all its sublime simplicity.

But let's begin at the real beginning. For Keller, great cooking is all about the virtue of process and attention to detail. Even in the humblest dish, the extra thought is evident, which is why this food tastes so amazing: The onions for the onion soup are caramelized for five hours; lamb cheeks are used for the navarin; basic but essential refinements every step of the way make for the cleanest flavors, the brightest vegetables, the perfect balance—whether of fat to acid for a vinaigrette, of egg to liquid for a custard, of salt to meat for a duck confit.

Because versatility as a cook is achieved through learning foundations, Keller and Bouchon executive chef Jeff Cerciello illuminate all the key points of technique along the way: how a two-inch ring makes for a perfect quiche; how to recognize the right hazelnut brown for a brown butter sauce; how far to caramelize sugar for different uses.

But learning and refinement aside—oh those recipes! Steamed mussels with saffron, bourride, trout grenobloise with its parsley, lemon, and croutons; steak frites, beef bourguignon, chicken in the pot—all exquisitely crafted. And those immortal desserts: the tarte Tatin, the chocolate mousse, the lemon tart, the profiteroles with chocolate sauce. In Bouchon, you get to experience them in impeccably realized form.

This is a book to cherish, with its alluring mix of recipes and the author's knowledge, warmth, and wit: "I find this a hopeful time for the pig," says Keller about our yearning for the flavor that has been bred out of pork. So let your imagination transport you back to the burnished warmth of an old-fashioned French bistro, pull up a stool to the zinc bar or slide into a banquette, and treat yourself to truly great preparations that have not just withstood the vagaries of fashion, but have improved with time. Welcome to Bouchon.

Bouchon, chef Thomas Keller's bistro cookbook, offers 180-plus recipes from his eponymous restaurants--there are two. Readers perusing the near-prosciutto-size book will be dazzled, first, by its great looks (there are many beautiful photos), then, perhaps, wonder why so many of its typically homey bistro dishes are so fussy to prepare. Why, for example, must the onions for onion soup be caramelized for five hours, or the muscles of a leg of lamb separated so that each can be cooked to an exact, presumably optimal, temperature.

They should, however, trust this justly celebrated chef, whose sometimes-painstaking refinements reflect a better way. Apart from the excellence of the dishes, the reason to own Bouchon is to discover the richness of Keller's technical understanding. Readers learn, for example, not to baste chicken while it roasts, which creates skin-softening moisture, and to allow the base for crème caramel to sit before baking, thus permitting its flavors to deepen. Keller's sensitivity to ingredients and their composition is profound; and he and his collaborators have presented it so deftly that one finds oneself engrossed again and again. Whether Keller is talking about vinaigrettes (in their balance of fat, acid, and saltines, the perfect sauce) vegetable glazing, or the creation of brown butter, his insights are fascinating.

The dishes cover a wide range of courses, and include the traditional--poule au pot, veal roast, pommes frites, and so on--and the "new," such as Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables, Skate with Fennel-Onion Confit and Tapenade Sauce, and Grandma Sheila's Cheesecake Tart with Huckleberries. All are, as the French might say, impeccable--and can be accomplished by anyone willing to take the time to do so. Like his cooking, Bouchon is a sui generis treat. --Arthur Boehm

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Pierre Hermé Macarons: The Ultimate Recipes from the Master Pâtissier

Pierre Hermé Macarons: The Ultimate Recipes from the Master Pâtissier Lowest new price: $28.34
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Author: Pierre Hermé
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Including more than 60 elegantly photographed recipes, Pierre Hermé Macaron is the definitive guide to macarons. The uncontested leader of French pastry chefs, Pierre Hermé has made the macaron one of the most coveted, sought-after desserts from Tokyo to Paris to New York. In this comprehensive look at the beloved pastry, the classics such as vanilla and chocolate are explored alongside Hermé’s masterful inventions. His entirely original and inspired flavor combinations—such as cucumber and tangerine, wasabi cream and straw- berry, and hazelnut and asparagus—make it clear why Hermé’s macarons are famous the world over. The genius pâtissier’s best macarons, including many of his newest recipes, are revealed for the first time in a gorgeous volume that almost rivals the beauty of the exquisite creations featured within.

Hardcover includes a removable step-by-step guide to techniques used throughout the book.
 
 

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Pâtisserie Gluten Free: The Art of French Pastry: Cookies, Tarts, Cakes, and Puff Pastries

Pâtisserie Gluten Free: The Art of French Pastry: Cookies, Tarts, Cakes, and Puff Pastries Lowest new price: $15.29
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Author: Patricia Austin
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tisserie Gluten Free offers a tantalizing collection of gluten-free recipes. This beautifully photographed cookbook is unique in presenting some of the most challenging treats to make without gluten: classic French pastries.Written with meticulous detail and a warm and inviting style, ;tisserie Gluten Free includes a wide array of recipes, ranging from delightful buttery French cookies to the ooh là là of elaborate flaky puff pastries.The recipes skip the commonly used gluten-free binders—xanthan gum and guar gum— that are known to be of digestive sensitivity for many individuals. The takeaway is an elevated experience in gluten-free baking; from chocolate sea salt sablés to almond croissants, the results surprise and bring a smile to the staunchest of gluten-free skeptics.

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  • Patisserie Gluten Free The Art of French Pastry Cookies Tarts Cakes and Puff Pastries

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Voilà!: The Effortless French Cookbook: Easy Recipes to Savor the Classic Tastes of France

Voilà!: The Effortless French Cookbook: Easy Recipes to Savor the Classic Tastes of France Lowest new price: $11.29
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Author: Cecile Delarue

"Classic, simple, foolproof, and seasonal recipes enable you to eat French style in the comfort of your own home―without borders. Voilà! Effortless French Cookbook makes me want to cook."
―Mireille Guiliano, author of French Women Don’t Get Fat

To enjoy the essence of authentic French cuisine, you don’t have to get on a plane or take a 5-star Michelin cooking class. All you need is Voilà! Effortless French Cookbook and a passion for the delights of classic French fare. Join Cécile Delarue, creator of the food blog French and Parfait, as she shares her tried-and-true French recipes, as well as her tips for creating elegant French meals on the average American dime.

Fun and easy-to-follow, Voilà! Effortless French Cookbook offers:

  • A preparatory chapter that recreates a Parisian cooking class will teach you the basic skills of traditional French cooking
  • More than 125 classic French recipes with wine pairings deliver plenty of options―without fussing over gourmet ingredients or a celebrity chef's personal tips
  • Chapter upon chapter of delicious French staples to help you get savvy about sauces, poach the perfect egg, and bake the best tartines and quiches

Enjoying the French meals you love shouldn’t be complicated―and Voilà! Effortless French Cookbook is the only French cookbook that proves they don’t have to be. Even if you’ve never cooked French food before, you’ll be saying bonjour to the simple pleasures of French cuisine, and au revoir to the hassle of intricate recipes with Voilà! Effortless French Cookbook.

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Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2: A Classic Continued: A New Repertory of Dishes and Techniques Carries Us into New Areas

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 2: A Classic Continued: A New Repertory of Dishes and Techniques Carries Us into New Areas Lowest new price: $14.34
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Author: Julia Child
Brand: Random House
Model: 978-0-394-72177-4

The beloved sequel to the bestselling classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume II presents more fantastic French recipes for home cooks. Working from the principle that “mastering any art is a continuing process,” here Julia Child and Simone Beck have gathered together a brilliant selection of new dishes that will bring you to a yet higher level of culinary mastery. They have searched out more of the classic dishes and regional specialties of France, and adapted them so that Americans, working with American ingredients, in American kitchens, can achieve the incomparable flavors and aromas that bring up a rush of memories—of lunch at a country inn in Provence, of an evening at a great Paris restaurant, of the essential cooking of France. From French bread to salted goose, from peasant ragoûts to royal Napoleons, recipes are written with the same detail, exactness, and clarity that are the soul of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

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