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February 28, 1992 AT 05:00 AM EST

Simply French: Patricia Wells Presents the Cuisine of Joel Robuchon

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Joel Robuchon, Patricia Wells
publisher
Morrow
genre
Cooking/Home, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

Simply French, a joint effort by Paris-based American food writer Wells and celebrated French chef Robuchon is the book that lovers of French food will want this year. For the past four years, says Wells, she haunted Robuchon’s three-star Paris restaurant, Jamin, working to pin down his culinary magic and translate it into recipes for American home cooks. Impossible dream? Maybe, especially as neither Wells nor Robuchon can seem to decide whether cooking is a replicable science or an ineffable art. Still, Wells attests that watching Robuchon bring out the flavor of food has changed her life as a cook; this labor of adulation, with all its trucs (cook’s tips) and special touches, might do the same for any who would emulate this impressive chef’s fresh take on classic cooking. A

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