The Saucier's Apprentice: One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 4, 2009 - Cooking - 336 pages

The education of a barbarian in the temples of haute cuisine.

In the blink of an eye, Bob Spitz turned fifty, finished an eight-year book project and a fourteen-year marriage, had his heart stolen and broken on the rebound, and sought salvation the only way he knew how. He fled to Europe, where he hopscotched among the finest cooking schools in pursuit of his dream.Spitz hit the fabled cooking-school circuit in a series of idyllic European villages, and The Saucier’s Apprentice is a chronicle of his exploits. Combining an outrageous travelogue with gastronomic lore, hands-on cooking instruction, hot-tempered chefs, local personalities, and a batch of memorable recipes, Spitz’s odyssey recounts the transformation of a professional writer—and lifelong kitchen amateur—into a world-class cook.
 

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THE SAUCIER'S APPRENTICE: One Long Strange Trip Through the Great Cooking Schools of Europe

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An inspiring tale of picking up the pieces…with a spatula.After completing The Beatles (2005), a 900-page book that cost him eight years and an untold amount of money, Spitz found his life meandering ... Read full review

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A delicious tour of European cooking schools undertaken by a man recovering from personal disasters. The tone is perfect, and the descriptions are yummy. Don't read this one on an empty stomach. A fun time. Read full review

Contents

List of Recipes
10
Chapter one RUE DU lAC
31
Salmon en papillote with braised Vegetables
58
bob Ashs Chicken Stock
65
Heavenly biscotti
73
Chapter Two bEAUNE AND THE lUbERoN
77
Tatin aux Cèpes
100
Chapter Three THE mEDITERRANEAN
113
Prunes in Armagnac
148
Foie Gras au Torchon
156
Soufflé de Pommes de Terre
168
Chapter Five PARIS
173
brittanyStyle Seafood Stew
188
Tarte Tatin Estragon
211
Chapter Six FRATERNITé
219
Curried Chicken Fricassee
223

zucchini Soup mediterranée
119
Potato Gratin langoustine
126
Tabouli with zucchini mint and boiled Egg
134
Chapter Four lA mAISoN AVEC lA PéNICHE
137
Chapter Seven THE TowER oF THE GUElPHS
239
Chapter Eight THE PERFECT lIFE
275
Epilogue
311
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About the author (2009)

Bob Spitz is the author of The Beatles, a New York Times bestseller. His articles appear regularly in almost every important magazine and newspaper. He lives in Darien, Connecticut.

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