Larousse Gastronomique, I Scored One!


Yesterday was my birthday. I scored big! A copy of the GIANT Larousse Gastronomique.

This classic of all classic cookbooks has 1216 pages. But, it really shouldn’t be judged by page count. This monster should be judged on shear weight. It’s got to weigh in at over 10 pounds! Seriously.

My usual thing is to get a book, read it cover to cover, cook something great out of it, take some hopefully appetizing images and then write. That’s not going to work here.

First of all, this thing is just too hefty to sit down and read cover to cover. At least in any reasonable period of time. Second, there are hundreds of amazing recipes and techniques to have to choose from, way too hard. And third, a book like this should be out and used regularly, not, read and shelved. So, I intend to to just that, use it regularly.

I think what my process is going to be with Larousse Gastronomique, is to leave it out. Read through it over time and cook out of it as I find interesting things (which won’t be much of a challenge). It’s going to be an ongoing series. Coming in the near future, watch out for:

Larousse Gastronomique From A to Z

The first installment should be soon. But, first I have to clear a space in my kitchen large enough to accommodate this gigantic work of culinary art. Hey, maybe it’s time I invest in that dictionary stand I’ve always wanted!

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