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Larousse Gastronomique has been the foremost resource of culinary knowledge since its initial publication in 1938. Long revered for its encyclopedic entries on everything from cooking techniques, ingredients, and recipes to equipment, food histories, and culinary biographies, it is the one book every professional chef and avid home cook must have on his or her kitchen shelf. In fact, Julia Child once wrote, "If I were allowed only one reference book in my library, Larousse Gastronomique would be it, without question."

The culinary landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade, prompting a complete revision of this classic work. Larousse Gastronomique has now been updated to add the latest advancements that have forever changed the way we cook, including modern technological methods, such as sous-vide cooking and molecular gastronomy. All-new color ingredient-identification photographs give this edition a fresh, elegant look. And for the first time, Larousse features more than 400 reportage photos–candid images of upscale restaurants from around the world–that give behind-the-scenes access into the kitchens where the finest food is created. Dozens of new biographies of people who have made significant contributions to the food world debut in this revision, including such luminaries as Ferran Adrià, Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Gaston Lenôtre, Thomas Keller, James Beard, and Julia Child.

With entries arranged in encyclopedic fashion, Larousse Gastronomique is not only incredibly user-friendly, but it is also a fantastic read for anyone who loves food. Skip from Roasting to Robert (a classic French sauce), and then to Robiola (the Italian cheese); or go from Sake to Salad–with dozens of recipes–and on to Salamander, a type of oven used in professional kitchens for caramelizing (and named after the legendary fire-resistant animal). An index at the end of the book of all 3,800 recipes for cuisines from around the world makes it easy to find a myriad of preparations for any ingredient (eggs or chicken, for example) or type of dish (such as cakes or sauces).

The unparalleled depth and breadth of information–from the traditional to the cutting-edge–make this newest edition of Larousse Gastronomique indispensable for every cook.

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Larousse Gastronomique is a classic reference source. First published in 1938, it concentrated on traditional French cooking. This completely revised and updated edition recognizes the many changes that have occurred in the culinary world. It has a broader focus, with information about foods, culinary techniques, and chefs from across the globe. The alphabetical entries range in length from a few sentences to several pages. They cover types of food (Apples, Locusts); cooking techniques (Braising, Grilling); famous chefs (Auguste Escoffier, Alice Waters); culinary jobs (Maître d’hôtel, Sommelier); countries (China, Greece); and tools of the trade (Knife, Saucepan). Flashy new culinary techniques such as écume and molecular gastronomy are covered, too. The book contains more than 3,800 recipes attached to related articles—15 apple recipes, 8 ways to prepare eel, and 2 versions of cassoulet, to name a few. Also in this edition are color photographs of ingredients so that users can see varieties of spices, fruits, and vegetables as well as cooking techniques such as opening a scallop or stuffing fish or poultry. Some 400 candid black-and-white photographs of restaurants from all over the world depict the daily work in the kitchens. General and recipe indexes make it easy for users to find what they need. This is an essential resource for most library reference collections as well as a wonderful book to browse. --Barbara Bibel

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“Larousse Gastronomique is clearly the best cooking encyclopedia ever, but I also love to open it anywhere and just read. The descriptions are clear and the recipes are easy to follow. Anyone who thinks French cooking is daunting will be forever changed by this book.”
—Ina Garten

Larousse has a place of honor on every cookbook shelf in America.”
—Martha Stewart

“It is critical to have a sound understanding of traditional culinary principles before attempting to push boundaries in cuisine. Larousse Gastronomique helps me execute the progressive cooking we do at Alinea.”
—Grant Achatz

“The bible of cooking. The all-time argument ender. Early in my cooking career, I wielded my Larousse like a weapon and it never let me down.”
—Anthony Bourdain

“Larousse Gastronomique has always been the first and last word on classic European techniques and recipes. I love that it has expanded its reach to cover world cuisines and modern culinary innovations, making it more indispensable than ever.”
—Marcus Samuelsson

“The history of food has never had a better biographer. Required reading for anyone who eats.”
—Dan Barber

“Young chefs, famous chefs, home cooks, and everyone who loves food and cooking–we all depend on Larousse Gastronomique. It is the only culinary encyclopedia that is always up-to-date.”
—Daniel Boulud

“You can’t go into the chef’s office of any serious kitchen and not see a copy of Larousse. A must-have for professional and home cooks alike.”
—David Chang

“The  Larousse is the first place I look when I need to clarify a cooking question. The greatest reference book, it is a fascinating read.”
—Jacques Pépin

Larousse is an invaluable tool for any cook. I’ve used this great resource all throughout my cooking career, and of course I look forward to the new edition. New information and knowledge are always welcome.”
—Thomas Keller

“Larousse Gastronomique is a veritable dictionary of cooking terms for the French kitchen. If a chef were allowed only one book, this would have to be it.”
—Mario Batali

About the Author

Librairie Larousse’s Gastronomic Committee includes scores of writers, researchers, editors, photographers, illustrators, and translators who make Larousse Gastronomique the world’s most authoritative culinary reference book. The committee’s president is world-renowned chef and author Jo‘l Robuchon. The author of the first edition of Larousse Gastronomique, published in 1938, was French chef Prosper Montagné (1865—1948).

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Tamika
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Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2018
The book itself was everything I could have hoped for. Chock full of all the little tidbits of information, that I never knew I needed to know. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The condition in which the book had arrived st my doorstep however, a let down and a stake to the heart. As... See more
The book itself was everything I could have hoped for. Chock full of all the little tidbits of information, that I never knew I needed to know. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The condition in which the book had arrived st my doorstep however, a let down and a stake to the heart. As I opened my precious package, after having waited an extra day on the shipping and already anxious to start reading, I see a mutiliated cover and bent pages. Maybe it might be too much to ask, but IF I ORDER A BRAND NEW BOOK, I EXPECT A BRAND NEW BOOK.
I would love to exchange it for a new one, but as I will be traveling to another country next week, there’s just not enough time.
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James M. Cook
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Pandora''s Box in book form
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2015
This encyclopedia of food has sucked more of my minutes than any other book on food that I have owned. The impressive heft of the tome opens a world of food so enrapturing that time will cease to exist as the gravitational pull of the Larousse Gastronomique''s entries work... See more
This encyclopedia of food has sucked more of my minutes than any other book on food that I have owned. The impressive heft of the tome opens a world of food so enrapturing that time will cease to exist as the gravitational pull of the Larousse Gastronomique''s entries work their magic. More times than I can remember, I have been looking for one particular entry only to be distracted by the other entries my eyes scan as I''m flipping through pages to find my target. Fifteen minutes later, I cannot remember what I was originally looking for, but I''ve learned many amazing things.

The content of the is book is absolutely amazing. With everything that is contained within, however, do not expect this to be an inexhaustible source of information. Since it is a French book, there is a definite tilt here, however other cultural culinary points do appear - they just aren''t as comprehensive. So what would you find in a book like this? You''ll find great color and black and white photos in categories like squash, cheese, citrus fruit, et cetera. You''ll find detailed information about different regions of the world as well as entries about notable individuals that had an impact on the development of food preparation, even those that may be from hundreds of years ago. You will also find recipes and charts that provide valuable information about different food.

As a note, while I cannot speak highly enough about this book as a culinary resource, I do have to provide a cautionary note in regards to the recipes. I have been pleasantly exposed to some incredibly beautiful recipes that worked very well (chocolate mousse that rivaled that which I had in Paris, a chicken liver custard that even non-liver people enjoyed, etc.), but I have also encountered recipes that feel into one of two categories: a) they didn''t appear to be tested, or b) they had vague descriptions of quantities. Case in point - "add a sufficient amount of water." So, do your own testing and prepare to make some notes in the book if you''re going to utilize it as a cookbook. There are a massive amount of recipes contained in this work, but they are generally short or derivative-based (i.e., prepare x as on page y but make these modifications).

If you are the kind of person that jumps onto your phone or tablet the moment you are confronted with something that you want to look up (for instance, a friend asks you what''s the difference between a chowder and bisque), then this may not be the book for you - stick with the Internet. But if you are the kind of person that can get happily lost for a brief period of time in a tome that covers the main point of commonality between all people on the face of the Earth in an encyclopedic manner, then strongly consider adding this fantastic resource to your library.

Disclaimer: I am a home cook, not a professional cook. I have an interest in continually learning more about the exciting world that we live in. I cook on most nights and if I don''t, people would starve in the house. I don''t believe in doing things halfway, so I have pursued bettering my cooking skills and knowledge not to become a food snob, but rather to broaden my knowledge and techniques to create more enjoyable culinary experiences to share with my family and friends. This book, Larousse Gastronomique, helps me to do just that.
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Nico
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It''s a dictionary, not an encyclopedia
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
I think going into this thinking you are going to get an encyclopedia might leave you a little remiss. It''s a dictionary with definitions. There are a lot of definitions for sure, but "encyclopedia" implies a depth that isn''t here.
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Not Enough Time In a Life
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2020
This book is COMPREHENSIVE. There is everything you will ever need to know about cooking, and I have a hard time believing that I''d be able to read it all before I''m too old to cook for myself. I actually bought this as a gift for my mom, who lost her 1980s copy... See more
This book is COMPREHENSIVE. There is everything you will ever need to know about cooking, and I have a hard time believing that I''d be able to read it all before I''m too old to cook for myself.

I actually bought this as a gift for my mom, who lost her 1980s copy over the years. It''ll be interesting to talk with her after she''s had a chance to look through it again to see if she notices the revisions and updates.
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James M.
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Everything in one place, a huge sum of knowledge to be had.
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2020
This is indeed a wealth of information, a huge collection of terms, definitions, and explanations for ingredients and techniques. The only downside, if there is one, is the fact that the tome is mostly focused on classic French cooking. It is still a great addition for... See more
This is indeed a wealth of information, a huge collection of terms, definitions, and explanations for ingredients and techniques. The only downside, if there is one, is the fact that the tome is mostly focused on classic French cooking. It is still a great addition for those looking to learn techniques. There are also many recipes to try.
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Tick Fan
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Quite an Encyclopedia
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
I''m still reading through this book, but it is chocked full of information (people, places, cooking styles) And it covers lightly more than French cooking techniques, there is a depth to the information in this book that will be helpful for a long time. If... See more
I''m still reading through this book, but it is chocked full of information (people, places, cooking styles)
And it covers lightly more than French cooking techniques, there is a depth to the information in this book that will be helpful for a long time.

If your a beginner, this may not be the book for you; but if you love cooking and trying new things and new styles, or for sure a chef; this is a must have.
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Not a cookbook, but a true reference book and guide
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2013
For those of us who worship at the altar of classic French technique and cuisine, the Larousse Gastronomique is our Bible. This is not a cookbook (although there are recipes included) but it''s really a reference book with dictionary and/or encyclopedic entries on... See more
For those of us who worship at the altar of classic French technique and cuisine, the Larousse Gastronomique is our Bible. This is not a cookbook (although there are recipes included) but it''s really a reference book with dictionary and/or encyclopedic entries on everything culinary. It isn''t indispensable in the sense that every home cook needs this book to hone his or her cooking skills. But if you love food, love cooking, and want to know how preparing vegetables a la Grecque differs from a tarte l''Alscasienne, then this book is for you.

It''s most fun to simply open to a random page and learn something new. Highly recommended to the committed (mostly French) foodie.
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Must have
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2021
Larousse Gastronomique is a must have reference book for all serious and amateur and want-to-be chefs. It is complete with information about “almost” everything, from A to Z. There are some recipes in the book but really it is a reference book. And a really important... See more
Larousse Gastronomique is a must have reference book for all serious and amateur and want-to-be chefs. It is complete with information about “almost” everything, from A to Z. There are some
recipes in the book but really it is a reference book. And a really important one as that. You will love it and refer back to it time and again.
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Larousse gastronomique
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 3, 2017
It is a great book if you are a foodie and serious about cooking.
It is a great book if you are a foodie and serious about cooking.
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Really stunning book!
Really stunning book!
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Reviewed in Canada on November 12, 2017
I was disappointed dust jacket was torned up the book was damaged didn’t want to deal with the trouble of bringing this brick of an encyclopedia to the post office.... the extent of the information this book contains is amazing however that’s why I didn’t want to return it...See more
I was disappointed dust jacket was torned up the book was damaged didn’t want to deal with the trouble of bringing this brick of an encyclopedia to the post office.... the extent of the information this book contains is amazing however that’s why I didn’t want to return it I guess a must for every kitchen a want to-be cook & or a foodie
I was disappointed dust jacket was torned up the book was damaged didn’t want to deal with the trouble of bringing this brick of an encyclopedia to the post office.... the extent of the information this book contains is amazing however that’s why I didn’t want to return it I guess a must for every kitchen a want to-be cook & or a foodie
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Great book to learn from
Great book to learn from
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Matheus Farah
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Livro obrigatório para os profissionais e amantes da gastronomia.
Reviewed in Brazil on April 7, 2020
Livro excelente! A verdadeira enciclopédia da Gastronomia com termos técnicos, descrição de técnicas, descrição de cozinha regionais, receitas clássicas e até aspectos enológicos! Uma obra obrigatória para os apaixonados e profissionais da área.
Livro excelente! A verdadeira enciclopédia da Gastronomia com termos técnicos, descrição de técnicas, descrição de cozinha regionais, receitas clássicas e até aspectos enológicos! Uma obra obrigatória para os apaixonados e profissionais da área.
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