I was reading Julia Child's autobiography, and she mentioned that she loved the book Gastronomie Pratique by Ali-Bab. It's apparently a classic compendium of French cooking recipes and techniques. Does anybody have a particular translation they recommend?

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There is apparently an english version however there are whole sections missing and it is poorly translated. You are far better off going with a different book or if you have the time taking up french. The Book I went with was Larousse Gastronomique which has been endorsed by Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay.


  • Thanks. I've been eyeing this one, and I think I'll get it. Apr 18, 2011 at 2:32

There doesn't seem to have been an english translation of this book. Info here on all editions.


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