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The review is given with 3 stars for the reason that it was damaged at the corner when I received. I couldn't return it as I had to gift it for Christmas.
This book isn't for everybody. If you are novice cook and have a very limited knowledge about the cooking methods, ingredients, then you may need to learn quite a bit before you could put this book to use. If you have considered to buy this book, then you would already know that this is one of the best cookbook out there and it is. However, resonating to my first sentence, it doesn't baby sit you with every single instruction you have to do like a conventional book. e.g.) It is not going to tell you how long a steak needs to be on the grill, it assumes that you already know that. All it would tell is the process.
As the name, its mostly French but not restricted to it. If you are looking for excelling yourselves in Indian cooking, then this isn't your book. If you are love to cook, then this is the best thing you could buy
This book is just a big dictionary. Not sure why I expected more. I was expecting a visual thesaurus of sorts. It's only organized alphabetically, and not by utensil, method or anything of the sort. A bit disappointed. The internet will get your information quicker.
Book is fine. Not great. It is an encyclopaedia with everything listed in alphabetical order, so you have to know what your looking for to find anything. Its not just about recipes. There is quite a lot about things you can't even eat. For example if you are in "b" for Butcher shop you will get the definition of a butcher shop and a brief history of butcher shops in France. Its not a good book to just open and look for inspiration but it is a good reference if you ever want to know what something means or how something is usually done. Its more of a text book than a cook book.
Had a bad delivery experience. Book was left in pool of water. Lukily the case it comes in afforded enough protection that only edge of binding was slightly discoloured.
Its a dictionary/encyclopedia... with some recipes embedded - not a recipe book Great reference book, but the alphabetical order is very ineficient way of organizing the data .... i wish this was on my kindle...easier searches