Christopher Menz reviews 'The Essence of French Cooking' by Michel Roux and 'The Best of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky' by Gretta Anna Teplitzky and Martin Teplitzky

Christopher Menz reviews 'The Essence of French Cooking' by Michel Roux and 'The Best of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky' by Gretta Anna Teplitzky and Martin Teplitzky

The Essence of French Cooking

by Michel Roux

Lantern, $59.95 hb, 272 pp, 9781921384141

The Best of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky

by Gretta Anna Teplitzky and Martin Teplitzky

Lantern, $49.95 hb, 296 pp, 9781921383656

Why is it that some recipe books fill you with enthusiasm to fire up the stove the instant you open them while others remain on the shelf, consulted rather than cooked from? Is it the text, the photographs, the design, or because they come from the pen of a trusted cook? In the case of The Essence of French Cooking and The Best of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky, it is a combination of all these qualities, the most important being the sure hand of the author, which instils confidence that your efforts will be rewarded and time not wasted.

Michel Roux is one of the most famous French-born chefs working in England. With his brother Albert, he co-founded two multi-Michelin-starred restaurants – Le Gavroche (London, 1967) and The Waterside Inn (Berkshire, 1972) – both of which continue today, run by Michel (son of Albert) and Alain (son of Michel) respectively. In addition to creating restaurants, Michel Sr has published several cookery books, including Michel Roux: The Collection. Roux's cooking is firmly rooted in the classic French tradition, and the recipes reflect this rich heritage and training. As expected from a chef of this calibre, Roux enhances classic dishes with his own variations and twists.

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Published in November 2015, no. 376
Christopher Menz

Christopher Menz

Christopher Menz is a former Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia (2005–10) and in 2011–12 was Acting Director of The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne. Prior to these roles, he held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria, specialising in decorative arts. He has published extensively on the decorative arts, notably the design work of William Morris, and is a regular contributor to ABR.

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