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  • Hardcover: 1216 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Rev Upd edition (Oct. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307464911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307464910
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 5.4 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Larousse Gastronomique is clearly the best cooking encyclopedia ever, but I also love to open it anywhere and just read. The descriptions are clear and the recipes are easy to follow. Anyone who thinks French cooking is daunting will be forever changed by this book.”
—Ina Garten

Larousse has a place of honor on every cookbook shelf in America.”
—Martha Stewart

“It is critical to have a sound understanding of traditional culinary principles before attempting to push boundaries in cuisine. Larousse Gastronomique helps me execute the progressive cooking we do at Alinea.”
—Grant Achatz

“The bible of cooking. The all-time argument ender. Early in my cooking career, I wielded my Larousse like a weapon and it never let me down.”
—Anthony Bourdain

“Larousse Gastronomique has always been the first and last word on classic European techniques and recipes. I love that it has expanded its reach to cover world cuisines and modern culinary innovations, making it more indispensable than ever.”
—Marcus Samuelsson

“The history of food has never had a better biographer. Required reading for anyone who eats.”
—Dan Barber

“Young chefs, famous chefs, home cooks, and everyone who loves food and cooking–we all depend on Larousse Gastronomique. It is the only culinary encyclopedia that is always up-to-date.”
—Daniel Boulud

“You can’t go into the chef’s office of any serious kitchen and not see a copy of Larousse. A must-have for professional and home cooks alike.”
—David Chang

“The Larousse is the first place I look when I need to clarify a cooking question. The greatest reference book, it is a fascinating read.”
—Jacques Pépin

Larousse is an invaluable tool for any cook. I’ve used this great resource all throughout my cooking career, and of course I look forward to the new edition. New information and knowledge are always welcome.”
—Thomas Keller

“Larousse Gastronomique is a veritable dictionary of cooking terms for the French kitchen. If a chef were allowed only one book, this would have to be it.”
—Mario Batali

About the Author

Librairie Larousse’s Gastronomic Committee includes scores of writers, researchers, editors, photographers, illustrators, and translators who make Larousse Gastronomique the world’s most authoritative culinary reference book. The committee’s president is world-renowned chef and author Jo‘l Robuchon. The author of the first edition of Larousse Gastronomique, published in 1938, was French chef Prosper Montagné (1865—1948).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edaja on Dec 4 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is probably one of the best resources for those obscure ingredients found in recipes. For someone who is learning, it is probably one of the most interesting books on the kitchen shelf. It is an cooking encyclopedia, not a cook book full of recipes.

Before this book, a lot of research was done online and I found that the information wasn't specific enough with regards to an ingredients 'impact' on a dish or cooking. This book isn't exhaustive, but covers a very good basis as to how certain foods are like, and what it means to create a dish with that specific ingredient. It creates 'meaning' to what you are making, why you are using certain ingredients and includes some recipes.

This isn't a book I would take recipes to cook from, but use as a guide for a much better understanding about what is in the grocery store and those recipes.

I would recommend this book if you can find it in a used bookstore and pay 1/2 of the asking price ($110 at a regular bookstore is way too expensive). It was definitely one of the more expensive resources on my shelf and have no regrets because it is a great tool that I keep using.

Who knew cottage pie and sheppard's pie weren't the same thing? Now I do. (And yes, I was learning to make sheppard's pie that night)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Hungry Reader on Jan. 26 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've had an old copy of Larousse for as long as I can remember. I'm often trying to find creative ways to use ingredients or to reproduce old and odd recipes from my childhood on the farm. La Rousse is where I find the oddities of culinary knowledge. I recently purchased the most recent edition for my brother who had always envied my copy. The book is much more a reference than a recipe book. Unlike McGee's "On Food...", Larousse is not a book to read cover-to-cover. Browse through it to learn how it is organized and what, in general, it contains. Then pull it out frequently when looking for creative ideas and specialized knowledge. Wouldn't be without it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcel Randall De Parra on March 2 2010
Format: Hardcover
Este libro es maravilloso, es una enciclopedia tipo diccionario que casi posee por completo todo referente a las gastronomía internacional. Muchos articulos han sido actualizados, otros nuevos agregados. Completamente recomendable para su compra, para uso personal o para dar como regalo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By subhakar on March 22 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The best book ever in french culinary world to develop there skill & easy to understand the culinary terms.. awesome...!
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By Pamela McDivitt on Dec 20 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If I remember correctly, t he price for this was quite reasonable. It arrived in great shape and will be appreciated.
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