Simple French Food

Simple French Food

First published in the 1970s to critical acclaim Richard Olney’s “Simple French Food” follows in the tradition of the writing of Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, and Grub Street are re-issuing this classic work in the same format and size as “Elizabeth David Classics” and “Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery”. In “Simple French Food” he gives us the best of cuisine bourgeoise: the food that is cooked daily in French households where the tradition of eating well has never been lost. His recipes include hearty soups, vegetable gratins, terrines, pates, fish stews, ragouts, daubes, and sweet tartes.Richard Olney, best known as a general food writer, is one of America’s most erudite experts on authentic French cooking, but it’s difficult to find anyone who knows much about him, except for such authorities as Patricia Wells and the late James Beard. The reprinting of Olney’s classic and indispensable Simple French Food offers readers the chance to learn more about this most idiosyncratic and accomplished of cooks. No pared down, paint-by-numbers recipes here: Olney is obsessed not only with showing you how to cook, but how to see, smell, feel, listen, and taste as well. Read, for example, Olney’s description of Scrambled Eggs and you will understand what you are missing when they are not properly prepared (as they almost never are): “correctly prepared, the softest of barely perceptible curds held in a thickly liquid, smooth, creamy suspension.” To scramble eggs, Olney insists on a wooden spoon, a generously buttered copper pan or bain-marie, and a precise control of the temperature–very simple to accomplish, as all his recipes are, as long as you take care to absorb fully his sensuous and exact instructions. –Sumi Hahn AlmquistFirst published in the 1970s to critical acclaim Richard Olney’s “Simple French Food” follows in the tradition of the writing of Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson, and Grub Street are re-issuing this classic work in the same format and size as “Elizabeth David Classics” and “Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery”. In “Simple French Food” he gives us the best of cuisine bourgeoise: the food that is cooked daily in French households where the tradition of eating well has never been lost. His recipes include hearty soups, vegetable gratins, terrines, pates, fish stews, ragouts, daubes, and sweet tartes.

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