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Ma Gastronomie

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First published in 1969, this landmark of French cuisine is back in print with an all-new edition featuring more than 200 of Point's remarkable, inventive recipes. 50 photos, 25 in color.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2008 by The Overlook Press (first published October 30th 1974)
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Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book which includes recipes from the great Fernand Point, founder of La Pyramid restaurant in Lyon. A charming and original character, the book describes a typical day in the life of the master cuisinier, which involved cracking open the first magnum of Champagne while he was shaved, at nine in the morning. The recipes involve a lot of foie gras, butter and truffles, but are surprisingly simple.
Dec 26, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truffles, champagne, liver, kidneys, etc.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a fascinating read into deep French culinary history and the founding of modern cuisine. Fernard Point was born at the turn of the century; here he recounts his generation through menus (to kings, politicians, the Hollywood elite), recipes, and generosity. While many recipes areimpossible today (various methods for preparing ortolan, for example) others are as fresh today as they were 75 years ago. I made several of the fish recipes and look forward to trying a winter pate. I highly reco ...more
Anthony Interlicchia
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
the best book about a man so dedicated to food. I could not recommend this more to anyone
Heavy on the butter and the truffles; the wine and the crayfish. These recipes are not so much for the home chef, but rather a documentation of a momentous change in the history of fine dining (and by extension all of food culture). And then it's all the details in the various explanatory prefaces that pile up that both impress and delight and make one nostalgic for what one knows would have been out of one's reach anyway.
Dec 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great classic, of course, with chapters added about Point, La Pyramide, his cuisine, wines, spirit, Mme Point, etc. I dined there in the 'sixties, after his death; "Mado" was in charge. Great experience. Also have learned from his students—Bocuse, the Troisgros brothers, etc. So for the elderly this is a trip down Memory Lane; for students of French cuisine a necessary lesson, with much still to be learned. Many of the dishes are simple, and the strategy of his menus shines.
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This book (a) contains very few recipes-actual recipes & (b) it's not for the everyday cook. Many ingredients are high end & not easily found. Nevertheless, it's a good book that explains the culinary life of one of the premiere french chefs of his time. He was extremely creative & if you have the resources, this is a great book for you.
Phil Martin
Jan 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-drink
I love this book for its spirit more than the recipes but I love it none the less. If you love French food you can't overlook the importance of Fernand Point.
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