Recommendations for a French (language) cookbook?
I am a prospective French culinary arts student. I studied French for about a year in university, but living in Japan for the last 2+ years has seriously decreased my French language ability. Thus, I've decided to buckle down and study French in terms of cooking, so I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for good French language, French cuisine cookbooks?
I haven't had a lot of experience cooking French cuisine, but since I want to go to culinary school, purchasing books that utilize more advanced techniques wouldn't be out of the question. Some books I've seen recommended in other places:
Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. I & II
La Methode and La Technique
La Cuisine de Marché
Thoughts on those and any other cookbooks?
As far as I know, MTAOFC is in English only. That may also be true of *La Méthode* and *La Technique*. Am unfamiliar with *La cuisine du marché*.
It strikes me that the obvious choice is the French edition of the *Larousse Gastronomique*. Lots of reading material (history/background, articles on raw materials, discussion of regional and national cuisines, presentation of technique, etc.) plus hundreds of recipes. Last I checked, it was available in a handsome if pricey hardback edition and a less expensive two-volume paperback edition (don't recall if the latter has the illustrations).
*Tout Robuchon* is very impressive. There are also very affordable (like $10-$15) paperback editions of many of Robuchon's books, including *Le meilleur et le plus simple de Robuchon* (the French version of Patricia Well's *Simply French*), *Le meilleur et le plus simple de la France*, *Le meilleur et le plus simple de la pomme de terre* and *Cuisinez comme un grand chef*.
I'll see Robuchon's 18 *s and raise you Escoffier's légion d'Honneur and Foundation. But seriously, that's a book that I would count as a good potential choice for book number 2. The things that most cooks will assume as a base knowledge are covered well in le Guide.
I absolutely second the recommendation to go click around the cuisine section of amazon.fr.