A new look at cooking and home decorating...with an attempt to add more greens to the plate, more vegetarian options & hopefully lots of new ideas to explore

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Les Dames D'Escoffier

A few nights ago I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Brock the founder of Les Dames D'Escoffier, and the person to whom this book is dedicated. Les Dames is a group of professional women in the food industry. The women may be food writer, chefs, merchants or other professions all relating to food and hospitality.

Carol was the Sunday food editor at The New York Daily News. Meeting Carol was quite a treat because she is in a word, inspirational. Carol brought forth original pictures and photos of Julia Child as well as many other chefs and cooks. Carol explained to us all, in case we had forgotten who Auguste Escoffier was. His accomplishments included designing safer kitchens, establishing funds for chefs, exploring canning as well as encouraging better seasonal produce.

The book, is a wonderful collection of recipes from the groups all women membership. Women who influence all types of cooking(not just French) are included, such as Gale Gand, Dorie Greenspan, Alice Waters to name a few. The recipes collected for the book are eclectic in style and fun to look through. Most also seem simple enough to prepare, so if you don't have a copy already you might want to pick one up at your local bookstore.

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