An incomparable culinary treasury: the definitive guide to French cooking for the way we live now, from the man the
Gault Millau guide has proclaimed “Chef of the Century.”
Joël Robuchon’s restaurant empire stretches from Paris to New York, Las Vegas to Tokyo, London to Hong Kong. He holds more Michelin stars than any other chef. Now this great master gives us his supremely authoritative renditions of virtually the entire French culinary repertoire, adapted for the home cook and the contemporary palate.
Here are more than 800 precise, easy-to-follow, step-by-step recipes, including Robuchon’s updated versions of great classics—Pot-au-Feu, Sole Meunière, Cherry Custard Tart—as well as dozens of less well-known but equally scrumptious salads, roasts, gratins, and stews. Here, too, are a surprising variety of regional specialties (star turns like Aristide Couteaux’s variation on Hare Royale) and such essential favorites as scrambled eggs. Emphasizing quality ingredients and the brilliant but simple marriage of candid flavors—the genius for which he is rightly celebrated—Robuchon encourages the beginner with jargon-free, impeccable instructions in technique, while offering the practiced cook exciting paths for experimentation.
The Complete Robuchon is a book to be consulted again and again, a magnificent resource no kitchen should be without.
Robuchon might be a three Michelin-starred chef-owner of an empire of restaurants, but in this back-to-basics compendium of classic French recipes, he shows that he still knows how to cook at home. He also knows how to teach: though the book has no illustration and his instructions tend to be terse, a cook with basic skills should make great progress just by cooking through the book''s pages, from stock to meats and fish, every kind of vegetable and pastries. Robuchon features each ingredient (e.g., turbot or cauliflower) or food category (e.g., cold cream soups or fruit-based desserts) in several treatments to show its versatility, building on his introductory tips for sections and certain recipes. Most dishes are as French as can be, including worldwide standbys like sole meunière and beef bourguignon and regional treasures like John Dory with almonds and tomato confit or Hare Royale. But reflecting the passage of time and the influx of immigrants into France, Robuchon also includes some unusual recipes such as Tunisian-inspired langoustines in brik packets with basil. Cooking from this book certainly makes the full breadth of refined French cooking seem more within reach for the nonprofessional.
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Superchef Robuchon has fashioned a massive record of his cuisine that will appeal to fellow chefs and to highly skilled amateurs. His worldwide empire of acclaimed restaurants has brought him fame and established him as one of the leading exponents of contemporary French gastronomy. As this cookbook testifies, Robuchon adheres to current taste with lightness and an emphasis on superior, fresh, and seasonal ingredients. He keeps sauces on his dishes simple, not eschewing flour to thicken sauces but using such thickeners with restraint. Few unusual ingredients appear, the most exotic being pineapple. He loves to work with game, especially birds such as partridge and pheasant. Chefs replicating recipes for meat cookery will need close cooperation from a skilled and accessible butcher. Robuchon’s many ways of preparing potatoes offer enough familiarity to home cooks to encourage them to step up to the challenge of the master’s recipes. --Mark Knoblauch
FOR THE COMPLETE ROBUCHON
“Ce n''est pas la technologie qui a inspiré le grand cuisinier Joël Robuchon, mais une fascination pour les techniques cluinaires, qu''il n''a eu, au long de sa carrière, de cesse de maîtriser. Le Tout Robuchon est une explication, une vulgarization au bon sens du terme, de la cuisine du maître, capable de fixer souverainement les saveurs et les arômes, dominant la technique, méfiante envers les exercises de style ou les effets de mode. … Les 660 recettes de Joël Robuchon montrent qu''il est un passeur remarquable, initiateur plus qu''innovateur, l''émotion culinaire resultant de léconomie des moyens mis en oeuvre.”
"The great cook Joël Robuchon is inspired not by technology but by his fascination with culinary techniques, which he has continued to acquire and refine throughout his career. Tout Robuchon is an explanation and a popularization (in the best sense) of a master''s cooking, full of intense flavors and aromas, beyond technique, leery of stylish exercises and fashionable effects. . . . These recipes show Robuchon to be a remarkable teacher."
- Jean-Claude Ribaut, Le Monde
“Clair et complet, il restitue six-cents recettes, qui se fondent sur quarante ans d''expérience. Très accessible, il a l''avantage de passer en revue autant de preparations simples … que de recettes sophistiquées …, adaptées aux tablées familiales et à vos repas de fêtes.”
“Clear and complete, Tout Robuchon is based on 40 years of experience. Very accessible, it offers as many simple preparations as it does sophisticated recipes, adapted for the family table and your holiday meals.”
- V. J.-L., Valeur Actuelles
“Couronné "cuisinier du siècle," Joël Robuchon n''a pourtant perdu ni la tête ni le sens de l''essentiel. Adulé de Tokyo à Las Vegas par les clients de ses 12 restaurants . . . . Réunies dans un ouvrage sans fioritures, ses 660 recettes éprouvées . . . . Rassurant et inspirant. … Du steak au poivre à la cuisson des mojettes, tous les classiques d''une bonne maison défilent, de l''entrée au dessert.”
“Despite having been crowned ''chef of the century,''… worshipped from Tokyo to Las Vegas by the patrons of his 12 restaurants, … Joël Robuchon has lost neither his head nor his sense of the essential. … The well-tested recipes gathered in this unpretentious work [are] reassuring and inspiring. From steak au poivre to bean cookery, all the classics of good home cooking are here, from starters to dessert.”
“Qui n''a rêvé d''avoir pour professeur de cuisine un des plus grands chefs? … C''est chose faite avec cet ouvrage qui décortique l''art et la manière de Robuchon pour tous les apprentis chefs. La cuisine façon Robuchon est réllement à la portée de tous ceux qui le veulent.”
“Who hasn''t dreamed of having one of the greatest of chefs for a cooking teacher? . . . That dream comes true in this work that dissects the art and the methods of Robuchon for everyone learning to cook. Cooking the Robuchon way is now truly possible for anyone.”
- Nice Matin
“Un livre de cuisine, un vrai, pas un de ces ouvrages truffes de belles photos et de recettes irrealisables. 800 recettes classees par produit . . . tres simples . . . ou beaucoup plus sophistiquees . . . toutes dans le register classique de la cuisine francaise chere a Joel Robuchon, sont proposes, mais l''essentiel n''est finalement pas la. Il est dans ce milliard d''informations distillees tout au long des 800 pages et qui vont repondre a toutes les questions que le cuisinier de tous les jours se pose.”
“A true cookbook, not one of those works truffled with pretty photographs and impossible recipes. 800 recipes grouped by ingredients . . . , from the very simple . . . to the much more sophisticated . . . , all classics of French cookery dear to Joël Robuchon, are presented, but in the end they aren''t what''s essential here. What is truly valuable is the wealth of information dispensed throughout these 800 pages, which will answer every cook''s everyday questions.”
- Bourgogne Aujourd’hui
“Un cadeau de Joel Robuchon . . . ecrites dans un langage simple et comprehensible . . . tout y est. … Merci pour cette nouvelle bible.”
“A gift from Joël Robuchon . . . written simply and comprehensibly. . . . Everything is here. Thanks for this new bible!”
“La cuisine d''un grand chef a la portee de tous.”
“A great chef''s cooking at everyone''s fingertips.”
- Marie Claire Idees
Joël Robuchon was born in Poitiers, France, in 1945 and began his apprenticeship at a hotel restaurant when he was fifteen years old. In 1981, he opened his own restaurant in Paris, Jamin, which had earned three Michelin stars by 1984. It was the fastest rise in the guidebook''s history. Named "Chef of the Century" in 1989 by the
Gault Millau, he now works as a consultant and runs L’Atelier restaurants around the world.
Flap Steak with Shallots
Bavette à l''échalote
The unusual cut we call flap steak is called bavette d''aloyau in France. It is difficult to find in the United States, so you might try substituting skirt steak. An exceedingly tasty and juicy cut, it must be cooked rare or it becomes tough.
1.Remove the meat from the refrigerator 15 minutes in advance. Prepare a cooling rack over a large plate or set a small overturned plate on top of a large one.
2.Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat for 1 minute. Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper. Put the butter in the skillet. When it foams, lay the steaks in the skillet, in a motion away from you. Sear the steaks over high heat for 2 minutes. Turn them and cook for 2 minutes on the other side. Reduce the heat to very low and remove the meat to the rack. Season with a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper on both sides.
3.Add the shallots to the skillet and cook over the lowest possible heat for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. It is important that they not turn dark brown. When they are lightly colored, add the vinegar, turn the heat up just a little bit, and cook for 30 seconds. Season with a pinch of salt.
4.Put the steaks on a platter and pour the shallot sauce all over. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Potato and Leek Gratin
Gratin de pommes de terre et de poireaux
A mandoline will make slicing the potatoes easier, but you can also do it by hand.
1.Preheat the oven to 250°F and place a rack in the bottom third of the oven.
2.Melt 2 teaspoons butter in a saucepan. When it foams, add the leek and season with 1 pinch of salt and 1 dash of pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 10 minutes. The leek should not color.
3.In a bowl, combine the crème fraîche, 1 pinch of salt, 2 pinches of five-spice powder, and 1 dash of pepper.
4.Butter a baking dish. Put down one-third of the potatoes in a layer. Top with one-third of the potatoes in a layer. Top with one-third of the leeks and one-third of the seasoned crème fraîche. Repeat twice.
5.Pour 1 quart water into a deep sheet pan or dish large enough to accommodate the dish of potatoes and leeks. Put the gratin dish in the water and put both in the oven for 45 minutes.