gary w cannon, November 8, 2013 (view all comments by gary w cannon)
Witty, sarcastic, profane...everything that makes Bourdain Bourdain. Full of great recipes, handy techniques and the stories that launched Bourdain's writing and television careers. A must-read for any Kitchen Confidential or No Reservations fan.
Witty, sarcastic, profane... everything that makes Bourdain Bourdain. Les Halles Cookbook is full of great recipes, handy techniques, and the stories that launched Bourdain's writing and television careers. A must-read for any Kitchen Confidential or No Reservations fan.
by Gary C.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"A celebrity with a high-profile position as executive chef at New York bistro Les Halles, and bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour, Bourdain doesn't intend to break new ground. The dishes do exactly as the subtitle notes and include such solid classic fare as Onion Soup Les Halles, Steak au Poivre, Boeuf Bourguignon, Coq au Vin and Chocolate Mousse. Nearly all recipes are within reach of competent home cooks, and those that are more complicated or time-consuming — Bouillabaisse, Cassoulet and Roulade of Wild Pheasant — are thoroughly spelled out to calm most jitters. Foie gras, duck fat and dark veal stock are frequent components, but a list of suppliers makes just about every ingredient available. Even though many of the dishes can be found in other cookbooks, what sets this one apart is Bourdain's signature wise-ass attitude that pervades nearly every recipe, explanatory note and chapter introduction. Profanity adds frequent color. If Aunt Doris would blanche at pearl onions being called 'little fuckers,' a cook who prefers boneless meat in Daube Provenal a 'poor deluded bastard,' or a person nervous about making these recipes a 'dipshit,' this book is not for her. Photos. Forecast: With raves by Jacques Pépin, Mario Batali, Jim Harrison and Eric Ripert, Bourdain's handsomely designed book will be taken seriously even by those who aren't wowed by his self-conscious swagger. Viewers who have followed his culinary travels on the Food Network will also be attracted to the book." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Jacques Pépin,
"Don't be misled by Anthony Bourdain's witty, irreverent style. His Les Halles Cookbook is solid, smart, and informative, and his recipes are bona fide bistro fare. An instant classic."
by Mario Batali,
"Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook joins the classic French cookbooks on my shelf, and shames every would-be 'bistro bible'. Nobody else writes with such respect for real food."
by Jim Harrison,
"Anyone serious about their cooking will want to own Anthony Bourdain's Les Hallles Cookbook. It has an enormous amount of vital information presented in Bourdain's pungent, abrasive, and memorable writing style."
by Eric Ripert,
"This is a great cookbook! Anthony Bourdain directs you brilliantly through delicious recipes, with explanations that are crystal clear."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Bourdain shows himself to be one of the country's best food writers. His opinions are as strong as his language, and his tastes as infectious as his joy."
by Library Journal,
"Bourdain can be a smart, entertaining writer, but his smugness and reverse snobbery can be wearying — as can his indulgent use of profanity..."
In this long-awaited cookbook, the bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential reveals the hearty, delicious recipes of Les Halles and the provocative tricks of the trade that have made him a celebrated name across the globe.
In this long-awaited cookbook, Anthony Bourdain reveals the hearty, delicious recipes of Les Halles and the provocative tricks of the trade that have made him a celebrated name across the globe.
Before stunning the world with his bestselling Kitchen Confidential and A Cook's Tour, Anthony Bourdain spent years serving some of the best French brasserie food in New York. With its no-nonsense, down-to-earth atmosphere, Les Halles matches Bourdain's style perfectly: a restaurant where you can dress down, talk loudly, drink a little too much wine, and have a good time with friends. Now, Bourdain gives us his Les Halles Cookbook, a cookbook like no other: candid, funny, audacious, full of his signature charm and bravado.
So bring a sharp knife, a big appetite, and a willingness to learn, as Bourdain teaches you everything you need to know to prepare classic French bistro fare. While you're being guided, in simple steps, through recipes like roasted veal short ribs and steak frites, escargots aux noix, and foie gras aux pruneaux, you'll feel like he's in the kitchen beside you-reeling off a few insults when you've scorched the sauce, and then patting you on the back for finally getting the steak tartare right.
As practical as it is entertaining, Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook is a can't-miss treat for cookbook lovers, aspiring chefs, and Bourdain fans everywhere.
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