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Les Halles Cookbook

SallyBR1's picture

Got this cookbook last month, which now qualifies as last year... :-)

Anthony Bourdain - if you like his style, you will LOVE this book! Just the introduction was enough to grab me, I can see I'll read it as a novel

Haven t checked any of the recipes yet - would appreciate input from those who have the book and cooked from it

Favorites?

 


 


"Born ok the first time...."

Gretchen's picture

(post #62673, reply #1 of 46)

I got this last fall and like it a lot, although I cannot abide him on his show.  He actually was on a Lynn Rosetto Kasper show interviewed with _______ (darn, another famous chef--I think it was Thomas Keller), and he was actually pleasant and mannerly--and entertaining.

Gretchen


Edited 1/5/2006 10:08 am ET by Gretchen

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #62673, reply #2 of 46)

I made Pallette de Porc a la Biere on page 174 and it was To.Die.For.

Very easy to follow recipe, very reliable.

I've not made anything else yet, but only b/c I'm lazy. I need to use it more.

Every recipe looks good, though.

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RuthWells's picture

(post #62673, reply #3 of 46)

We (read Hubby) haven't made much from it yet, but the beouf bourgonione is very good.

Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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ashleyd's picture

(post #62673, reply #4 of 46)

That word following beef gives a lot of people a lot of trouble, jes' can't get those French to spell right!


Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

RuthWells's picture

(post #62673, reply #5 of 46)

Hey, sue me -- I was undercaffeinated at the time and I knew it wasn't right -- but I also knew that ya'll would know what I meant!!


And I'm not going to edit it either, so there!  ; )


 



Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw


Edited 1/5/2006 8:19 pm ET by RuthWells

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

ashleyd's picture

(post #62673, reply #7 of 46)

I forgot the big smiley ;). It is a tricky word and I always have to look it up but what impressed me most was the way you got 'onion' into it, which seemed so appropriate! :)


Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62673, reply #8 of 46)

I can never remember how to spell it. And the spell check's closest match to your boeuf bourgonione is beau burgeoning.


Oh, my... LOL


ashleyd's picture

(post #62673, reply #9 of 46)

I don't know if you use the Google tool bar (personally I think it's wonderful and wouldn't like to live without it) but as a more sensible check than a spell checker just type the word into the search box and see what comes up, so if you type in 'bourgonione' at least it suggests 'bourgogne', which would be understandable. If you type in 'borgignon' or 'borginon' Google suggests 'bourguignon', quick and easy, especially if you set the toolbar to display results in a new window.


Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

schnitzel's picture

(post #62673, reply #10 of 46)

I downloaded the Google tool bar when it first came out, but my computer (or Norton) had some issue with it so I uninstalled. Although that was a while ago, so maybe it's improved since. 

I just type a word into Google and that works pretty well for me.

Or open a dictionary.


ashleyd's picture

(post #62673, reply #11 of 46)

As you are indeed the mighty queen of the search I hesitate to offer you advice in that area, but the advantage of having the toolbar is that you don't have to open a new window and get Google (easy enough though that is), saves clutter. I find it most useful when reading about something on line and want to check something it's so easy just to pop it in the search box and hit go without leaving that page.


Always take a good look at what you're about to eat. It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Adele's picture

(post #62673, reply #12 of 46)

Do you know that I have the Google toolbar and have had it for some time, but have never used the search that is right there in front of me?  LOL  I open a new window and click on favorites to get to Google search.  I think I've lived in Floriduh too long. :)I do use the spell check, okasionally. 

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

knitpik's picture

(post #62673, reply #6 of 46)

I heard they call it Bourguibaise now. LOL

Risottogirl's picture

(post #62673, reply #13 of 46)

That word following beef gives a lot of people a lot of trouble, jes' can't get those French to spell right!


LOL!


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

MinCCS's picture

(post #62673, reply #14 of 46)

OK, have spent hours reading all sorts of discussions and you all sound like a really fun bunchm but something is drving me nuts and forgive my ignorance, but what the hell is "LOL"???!!!


 


Confused in Caracas.....

Gary's picture

(post #62673, reply #15 of 46)

Laughing out loud.

The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bag pipes and called it music and haggis and called it food.

Gretchen's picture

(post #62673, reply #16 of 46)

Isn't it wonderful when things can be solved?!!  LOL, but also ;o)

Gretchen

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MinCCS's picture

(post #62673, reply #17 of 46)

Much obliged!!    You can tell I'm a 'chat room' virgin huh?

Gretchen's picture

(post #62673, reply #18 of 46)

Just a small adjustment/explanation. This is a "board". Don't confuse it with a 'chat room" although sometimes we go on like that.  This is MUCH safer than a "chat room".

Gretchen

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MadMom's picture

(post #62673, reply #20 of 46)

Hi, MinCCA, and welcome to CT (that's cooks talk, by the way).  You'll see lots of abbreviations here, like DH (darling, or dear, or dratted husband), DW (same for wife), DS (can be dear sister or dear son...sometimes confusing), DD (daughter), etc.  There's the famous DBMNMR (don't blame me, not my recipe...normally used when someone has found a requested recipe by googling, but hasn't tried it), and IMO and IMNSHO...In my opinion and In my never so humble opinion.  There are lots more, so feel free to ask, and stick around.  This is a great group...but, as Gretchen says, not a chat room!



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MinCCS's picture

(post #62673, reply #21 of 46)

Thanks much for the nice welcome!  I am going to make a list of these abbrev's until I get them in my head!  Don't want to shame myself!!  Correction on the 'chat room' taken.


Have been a subscriber to FC since inception but was working full-time and birthing 3 kids, (not much time to cook for fun ) but now am living overseas (husband got an expat assignment) and am enjoying the time to cook more and go back over all those old issues.  What a joy!


If you've got any great cookbks you think I need to have let me know - finally have the time to read them!!  I have a pretty good ckbk lib'y but have not bought many these last years.... was looking over some of your other discussions and picked a couple and ordered them... 


Look forward to talking with all of you more!!


Michelle in Caracas

RuthWells's picture

(post #62673, reply #22 of 46)

If you've got any great cookbks you think I need to have let me know


Uh-oh -- this is like waving a red cape in front of a bull!  ; )  MadMom is the queen of cookbooks.  And welcome to CT -- you'll like it here.


 


Ruth Wells


"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

www.lemonade-and-kidneys.blogspot.com

www.ruthssweetpleasures.com

http://www.pkdcure.org/Default.aspx?TabI...

MadMom's picture

(post #62673, reply #23 of 46)

If you've got any great cookbks you think I need to have let me know


Wow, where do I start?  I won't even discuss the five boxes I have which contain cookbooks, but will concentrate on the five bookcases of them.  I tend to alternate between books, depending on my mood.  IMO, there's no one like Peter Reinhart for baking (Bread Baker's Apprentice, Brother Juniper, Crust and Crumb, etc.), although you can't go wrong with Baking with Julia.  I also like Baker's Dozen.  At the moment, I'm dieting, so am sticking with the South Beach Diet Cookbook and some other low-cal things, like A New Way to Cook.  My favorite cookbook of all time, and one which I'm avoiding at the moment, is called Wild Sweets.  It contains the most fabulous desserts, most of which take six or seven recipes and two or three days to make.  I've actually made a few of them, but the pleasure is more in just reading it.  I love to read cookbooks.


Do fill out your profile, so we know where you are.  We have posters from all over the world, so it helps to know who's where.




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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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Gretchen's picture

(post #62673, reply #24 of 46)

She is in Caracas--in her signature line.

Gretchen

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MadMom's picture

(post #62673, reply #25 of 46)

Well, d'oh - goes to show that nobody ever reads those things...or at least that I don't!



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Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

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MinCCS's picture

(post #62673, reply #26 of 46)

Yup, I'm here in Caracas. 


Ooo... Thanks much!!  I'll take a look at some of those books... I do love making bread but getting good flour here is a problem.  And I may have to pace myself a  bit.  I can only get books if my husband goes up to the States for work and occasionally I can send stuff through the company mail but I can't abuse that too much, and I  just ordered several, but I can make my list!!!


One I have been baking from lately is The Sweet Kitchen (which you Canadians probably know well) by Regan Daley of Toronto.  The gingerbread (deep and comforting) is wonderful and I just made the Lime-Syrup-Soaked Coconut cakes for a PTA Tea at the local International School - a Peruvian parent dubbed them 'orgasmic'! 


I have a fellow 'extreme cook' friend down here too (she just ordered 30 pounds of grain from the US and expects her husband to bring it back on his next trip!) - I am going to try and get her on here with us - she's a kick!! 


I am going to enjoy this!!


Best to all! Michelle


 

MadMom's picture

(post #62673, reply #27 of 46)

I have The Sweet Kitchen, but can't remember making anything from it.  (Did I mention that I buy cookbooks to read?)  Doesn't sound like exactly diet food, but will have to check it out once I lose my half a Sally!



Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

And Take Care of Them When They Get Here!

soccermom's picture

(post #62673, reply #28 of 46)

Hi Michelle,


I'm in Toronto and I love everything I've made from The Sweet Kitchen. I remember reading that book from cover to cover after I received it one Xmas. Have you tried the shortbread with toffee? Delish!


Anyway, nice to meet you. You'll love it here.


 


 

 

 

MinCCS's picture

(post #62673, reply #29 of 46)

No I haven't tried the shortbread with toffee yet - sounds wonderful!  But alas, no butterscotch or English toffee here I'm afraid.  Might have to put that on the next US shopping list!  Or at least I haven't seen it anywhere - I'll have to ask around...  Just the titles of the desserts in this book (In the Sweet Kitcen) are wonderful aren't they?! 


Sometimes things are in short supply here but one thing we always have plenty of is good Venezuelan chocolate (did you know most of the Swiss chocolate houses import their raw chocolate from here - it's the purest grade of cocoa) and coffee (except when the gov decided to try and regulate the price two weeks ago and the coffee producers just pulled it all off the market).  So I have used the local chocolate to make the Black Chocolate Espresso Cake with Bittersweet Glaze - it's get-you-in-the-throat wonderful but not for the faint of chocolate-heart!   


Am also eyeing the Olive Oil and Sweet Wine Cake and the Walnut, Orange and Sweet Chevre Tartlettes - we get lots of good (and wickedly cheap) Chilean wines here.... and the local goat cheese it absolutely fabulous.


Madmom - re: buying cookbks just to read - yes, like novels!!  And do you often fantasize how you would mess with the recipe if you got around to doing it yourself?  I have a hard time following a recipe faithfully - unless it's some hard to bake thing or pastry where I better get the chemistry right...  I attempt too many "recipe fusions" sometimes - where I end up combining things from multiple recipes that struck my fancy...  Sometimes it's interesting!  Sometimes really not! 


Gonna go take a look at some of those titles you have been mentioning.... Wild Sweets - now that sounds like one I would go for... 


(sorry - am I too wordy?? can you tell DH has been traveling for 2 wks?) 

MadMom's picture

(post #62673, reply #30 of 46)

Hmmm...have I always followed recipes faithfully.  Well, certainly...NOT!  In fact, the word around here for making substitutions to a recipe seems to be to "MadMom" the recipe.  LOL.  I don't always do it intentionally, although sometimes I'll leave out an item I don't care for or sub one I like better.  Usually, it's senility...I think I have everything to make a recipe, then halfway through it, I find an ingredient which I swear wasn't there when I first read the recipe, so have to sub, or leave it out.  My one criteria...if I change a recipe, I always take the blame if it's a flop.  It's a pet peeve of mine when someone complains about a recipe, then adds, almost as an aside "Well, I substituted chicken for the mahi mahi because I like it better, and I didn't have any basil, so used lettuce, blah blah blah..."


Do check out Wild Sweets if you get a chance.  I truly love this cookbook, and dream of the day when I lose enough weight that I can cook from it again.  It's not for the faint of heart, nor for someone who just wants to "whip up" something to eat one night...but it's fantastic and challenging.


As far as toffee goes, could you make your own?  TracyK has a fantastic recipe for a hazelnut toffee (which I MadMom by leaving out the nuts, LOL).  I'll have to check out the recipe and see if it would fit.  


I love Central and South American coffee.  We spent six years in Panama, and I've made several trips to Costa Rica (and even a couple to Caracas...even rode the cable car up the mountain side once!)  So delicious, and much richer than what we can get here. 




Not One More Day!
Not One More Dime! Not One More Life! Not One More Lie!

End the Occupation of Iraq -- Bring the Troops Home Now!

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MinCCS's picture

(post #62673, reply #31 of 46)

The "Avila" - the mountain.  We live on the top of one of the hills facing the Avila with the city between us and I wake to a view of it every morning.  It's just beautiful and I never tire of looking at it.  How interesting you have been here!  My Mom and Aunt came in yesterday and I'm going to take them up in the cablecar too.  They are 86 and 89 respectively - a couple of game old Irish lassies!  


 Have been searching for a copy of Wild Sweets but can't seem to find one anywhere.  Amazon let me look at a couple of pages and then shut me down (just enough to make me want it bad) - they don't have any available right now.  Any ideas?