Great Cooks and Their Recipes: From Taillevent to Escoffier

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Pavilion Books, 2000 - Cooking - 224 pages
'Anne Willan is one of an uncommon type these days a cookery writer whose recipes always work... She has researched her subject carefully. She places them in the context of their times, and discusses how their work makes an advance on what has gone before, or foreshadows future trends.' The Times Literary Supplement. 'This lavishly illustrated revised edition looks at some of food's most illustrious figures and some of the secrets of their success. The author's extensive understanding of culinary matters means that all the dishes she features appeal to contemporary tastes.' BBC Good Food. 'Culinary history, original creations and directions for amateur chefs are all fascinatingly described in the beautifully illustrated Great Cooks and their Recipes.' London Evening Standard. 'It's a fascinating work... It's not often you get a collection of very famous old names and such interesting facts.' The 50 Best Cookbooks The Independent

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About the author (2000)

Anne Willan is recognized as one of the world s preeminent authorities on French cooking. She founded Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975. Inducted into the James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame in May of 2013, Anne has more than 50 years of experience as a teacher, cookbook author, culinary historian and food columnist. She has written more than 30 books, including the influential La Varenne Pratique and the 17-volume, photo-illustrated Look and Cook series, showcased in her 26-part PBS program. Anne has given cooking demonstrations and lectures throughout North America as well as in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Chile and was a regular guest on The Martha Stewart Show. Her book, The Cookbook Library: The Cooks, Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook (University of California Press, 2012), has received the prestigious Gourmand Hall of Fame Award and the Jane Grigson Award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Anne s memoir, One Souffle at a Time: A Memoir with Recipes, was released in Fall, 2013, and won the prize for Best Literary Food Writing from the International Association of Culinary Professionals in 2014.

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