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Le Livre Blanc

Jacqui Small. 2013. 228p. photos. ISBN 9781909342118. $60. COOKING
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Let's face it—when most of us think about cooking, we don't imagine filling a bowl of frothy green tea broth with artfully arranged boiled leeks, marinated anchovies, and wafer-thin coins of caviar-topped melba toast. Most readers will never cook from this title, but browsing its visually breathtaking contents, they will understand why Pic, the fourth female chef ever to win three Michelin stars, deserves her reputation. Some haute cuisine cookbooks have explicit instructions; this one does not. The recipes at the back of the book assume considerable knowledge and skill.
VERDICT Highly recommended for professional collections and aspirational cooks interested in elegant plating and presentation.

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