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France the beautiful cookbook
Scotto, E. (Elisabeth)
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Collins, 1989.
Physical Description:
256 pages : illustrations ; 37 cm
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"Authors, the Scotto sisters: Elisabeth Scotto, Marianne Comolli, and Michèle Carles."
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TX719 .S388 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A bounty of more than 240 recipes from the regions of France reveal the rich and varied produce of the world'srenowned center of gastronomy. France the Beautiful Cookbook gives a rare insight into the less -publicized side of French cooking: a cuisine which has been passed down through families by word or mouth. This home cuisine, so rich in history and tradition -- and so delicious - simmers and bubbles on family stoves and in country inns throughout each region.

France the Beautiful Cookbook takes the reader from the countryside to the table. It explains the vital link between each region's history , geography and culina traditions, story, people who make the food so unique. Without the abundance of oysters, withoutcassoulet withouthochepot, without the bourride without the wines and beers that go with them, France would not be France.

Specially commissioned photographs graphically convey the diversity and beauty of France's terrain: the craggy hills of the south, the coastal fishing villages along the western coast, the lush pastures of the Loire, the colorful Mediterranean, and the alpine regions and volcanic plateaus of the center.

The recipes are recorded in this beautiful book by the Scotto Sisters - food writers Marianne Comolli, Elisabeth Scotto and Mich#65533;le Carles -- who grew up in Paris, spending the summers of their childhood in the French countryside. Each Cookbook is the story of an ancient treasure trove of French regional gastronony eloquently narrated by Author Pludlowski and superbly captured in color by photographers Pierre Hussenot and Leo Meier.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

This tribute to the regional cookery of France is by the publisher of the famous Day in the Life series. Small, useful maps pinpointing each region are accompanied by full-page photographs of imaginative settings: seaside, at home, in the market, or at a cafe. The recipes are fairly standard, emphasizing seafood, meats, and pastries. No nutritional information is given, but most ingredients can be obtained in North America. Oversize in format, this is a visually striking cookbook. Index. --Iva Freeman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Though at first glance too luscious for the pots, pans and grease stains of the kitchen, this opulently illustrated oversize volume--travel book as much as recipe collection--can function there admirably, seducing the hungry and the restless. The latest in the publisher's series of regional cookbooks (others on Italy, China and Asia have preceded it), it will keep readers turning pages even if they never pick up a saucepan. Chapters alternate between discussing the different regions of France and offering a good selection of traditional recipes. French-born authors and cooks Marianne Comolli, Elisabeth Scotto and Michele Carles reflect on the history and geography of France with appetizers from Provence, entrees from Lyonnais and desserts from Anjou. This is hearty, not haute , cuisine: well-organized recipes are scaled for the average cook, who won't have to go in search of rare ingredients or spend hours chopping and mincing. Les soeurs Scotto make use of blenders and food processors when needed. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The fourth title in this series, following last year's widely popular Italy the Beautiful Cookbook (Knapp, 1988), is quite similar to Robert Freson's The Taste of France (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1983). Both explore the various regions of the country, both are lavishly illustrated with full-page color photographs, and both provide recipes for traditional specialties from the areas they depict. The authors are well-known French food writers, but it is the photographs that stand out. A lovely book for those who can afford it. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.