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    Girardet: Recipes from a Master of French Cuisine

    Giradet, Fredy
    Delessert, Pierre-Michel

    Ten Speed Press
    Published: September 1, 2002
    ISBN: 1580084117

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    Book Description
    Swiss chef Frédy Girardet retired from a superlative culinary career in 1996. He earned three Michelin stars at his restaurant in Crissier, Switzerland, and received numerous prizes throughout his career, including the Gault-Millau Cle d'Or and the Grand Prix International de l'Art de la Cuisine. In Girardet, he presents some of the most sophisticated and breathtaking dishes prepared in the last 15 years of his career. His first book, La cuisine spontanee, was published in 1982 and is still selling in Europe.

    In dishes such as the Lightly Jellied Chicken Bouillon with Truffled Foie Gras and Mousseline of Peas, six ingredients come together in a handful of steps to produce a silky-textured, three-layer dish of shimmering light and concentrated flavor. Cream of Broccoli Soup with Wild Mushrooms is as simple as can be, but has never looked or tasted so magnificent. This is serious food. And while many of the dishes involve myriad ingredients and steps, you can easily reduce them to the main element and a sauce, and still be left with something spectacular. Step-by-step instructions demystify dishes such as Duck Terrine with Pistachios, Confit Duckling with Spices and Lime, and Crisp Sweetbreads with Port and Ginger. Elegant desserts include Wild Strawberry and Champagne Mousseline, and Poached Pears with Orange Syrup, Plum Fritters, and Hazelnut Ice Cream. Girardet may not be cooking for us anymore, but he's left excellent instructions. --Leora Y. Bloom

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    During the heady glory days of haute cuisine in the 1970s, gourmands from around the world dined at fine restaurants in Paris, Lyons, Roanne, and other parts of France. Yet another illustrious culinary destination was located in a renovated town hall in a village outside of Lausanne, Switzerland, where Frédy Girardet was creating sublime French cuisine to international acclaim, earning three Michelin stars. Chef Girardet entered semiretirement in 1996, and now, 20 years after the publication of his landmark first cookbook, the eagerly anticipated second book has arrived. Over 100 classic recipes are presented, including signature dishes with such classic Girardet ingredients as foie gras, truffles, and citrus. Devoted followers will rejoice, while a new generation of cooks will be introduced to the passionate sensibilities of a culinary genius.

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