Cookbook Keepers: Page 11

Cookbook buys seldom travel. Two fates await a cookbook.
It reposes on a collector's shelf, or, it becomes part of an estate and handed down to next-of-kin.

Cookbooks are forever...
Keeper stories coming soon...

James B. Simpkins
Joe Gourmet, LLC
Independent Culinary Professional
San Rafael, CA

A culinarian's first choice:
The World's Greatest Culinary Encyclopedia
Compiled by Librairie Larousse
Clarkson Potter/Publisher
Random House, Inc. New York
C 1938, revised 1988

When talking to food professionals. food writers, food educaters, even those star media types bluffing their way as know-it-alls, bet your boutonniere Larousse Gastronomique has been visited for a refresher-stack of index cards. This top level resource is not for the Paula Deens or those Bam Bam chefs.

Larousse Gastronomique is a one-volumn, 1,300 pages of food history, eating, restaurants, cooking terms, techniques for the beginner to the kitchen pro. It is not a resource for want-to-be writers seeking style. It is a compact source for those fact checkers, also known as copy editors.

How does it fit on a food writer's shelf? America's ultimate teaching chef, one who teaches from a cooking line, not with bam bam antics...meet Charlie Trotter: "Just like a grammarian encouraging pupils to learn by looking up words in the dictionary, so to do I point cooks in the direction of Larousse to understand culinary concepts."

Trotter hands his kitchen-load of interns the weighty English edition, six pounds of career resources to last a lifetime for serious culinarians intending to earn a living as informed food writers.

How does it fit on a Keeper's shelf? Click to Keepers Page 14...a gentleman gourmand with an affiliation only for professionals, USA Bocuse d'Or, attorney Harry Henning. Also, see where the most authorative food writing books gather to inform and influence, download this website for a grad course:
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