Spoiler, January 24, 2012 (view all comments by Spoiler)
This has got to be one of the most informative cook books that I have ever came across. Plenty of recipes and the know your ingredients and cooking tips are the best I have seen in most any book.
kmtking, January 25, 2007 (view all comments by kmtking)
This is my complete bible for gastonomical delights; down home or gourmet. Joy of Cooking takes you by the hand and gives you the recipe for success with all the classic dishes, and several unique ones. No kitchen should ever be without it. If I had to keep only one (and I have dozens and dozens of cookbooks) of my cookbooks...this is the one to keep.
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ma, December 12, 2006 (view all comments by ma)
I received my first copy of Joy of Cooking 25 years ago and have used it extensively, to the point of it being kept together with a rubber band. This most recent edition is exceptional. The updates are wonderful and improve an already wonderful and handy book. A must-have for every kitchen.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"They say mother knows best, but in the case of this classic cooking volume, first published 75 years ago, the adage might be more accurately 'mother — and grandmother — know best.' For while some previous editions of Joy have embraced passing fads and shunned the earlier versions' old-school charm, this time, the editors (led by Irma's grandson and Marion's son, Ethan) have stayed true to the spirit of the original. Fond of its forebear's quirky phrases ('There is nothing simple about these uncomplicated-looking fungi' or 'a pig resembles a saint, in that he is more honored after death than during his lifetime'), the new narrative of Joy is one of, well, joy. Its recipes will prompt readers to bound into the kitchen; their range and depth is such that there really is something for everyone. Enchiladas, sushi, bagel chips, smoked brisket and corn dogs make their first appearance, while ice cream, nut butters and beef fondue return after some time away. The use of 'we' throughout the text will reassure those skeptical of, say, preparing game (a section that, incidentally, has been expanded), and the overall feeling of the kitchen as a place of empowerment and enrichment makes this an essential work for all cooks." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
For the first time ever, the legendary chef collects and updates the best recipes from his six-decade career. With a searchable DVD demonstrating every technique a cook will ever need. In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pand#233;pin has earned a reputation as a champion of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavor, avoiding complicated techniques. Now, in a book that celebrates his life in food, the worldand#8217;s most famous cooking teacher winnows his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them even further. They include Onion Soup Lyonnaise-Style, which Jacques enjoyed as a young chef while bar-crawling in Paris; Linguine with Clam Sauce and Vegetables, a frequent dinner chez Jacques; Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Butter, which he makes indoors in winter and outdoors in summer; Five-Peppercorn Steak, his spin on a bistro classic; Mand#233;mand#233;and#8217;s Apple Tart, which his mother made every day in her Lyon restaurant; and Warm Chocolate Fondue Souffland#233;, part cake, part pudding, part souffland#233;, and pure bliss. Essential Pepinspans the many styles of Jacquesand#8217;s cooking: homey country French, haute cuisine, fast food Jacques-style, and fresh contemporary American dishes. Many of the recipes are globally inspired, from Mexico, across Europe, or the Far East. In the accompanying searchable DVD, Jacques shines as a teacher, as he demonstrates all the techniques a cook needs to know. This truly is theessentialPand#233;pin.
In his more than sixty years as a chef, Jacques Pépin has earned a reputation as a master of simplicity. His recipes are classics. They find the shortest, surest route to flavor, avoiding fussy techniques.
Now, in a book that culminates his life in cooking, the master simplifier winnows his favorite recipes from the thousands he has created, streamlining them even further. They range from an onion soup he enjoyed as a young chef bar-crawling in Paris to an apple crumble, his effortless marriage of a French tart and an American pie.
Essential Pépin spans the many styles of Jacques's cooking: homey country French, haute cuisine, fast food Jacques-style, and fresh contemporary American dishes. Many are globally inspired, from Mexico, across Europe, or the Far East.
In the accompanying searchable DVD, Jacques shines as a teacher, as he demonstrates all the techniques a cook needs to know. For Jacques's ever-growing legions of fans, this truly is the essential Pépin.
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