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Phaidon Press, 10/2009
France's "Joy of Cooking"
The bible of French home cooking, Je Sais Cuisiner, has sold over 6 million copies since
it was first published in 1932. It is a household must-have, and a well-thumbed copy can
be found in kitchens throughout France. Its author, Ginette Mathiot, published more than
30 recipe books in her lifetime, and this is her magnum opus. It's now available for the
first time in English as I Know How to Cook. With more than 1,400 easy-to-follow recipes
for every occasion, it is an authoritative compendium of every classic French dish, from
croque monsieur to cassoulet.
Clear, practical and comprehensive, it is an essential guide to the best home cooking in
the world: no cuisine is better than French at bringing the very best out of ingredients
to create simple, comforting and delicious dishes. The recipes have been carefully
updated by a team of editors led by Parisian food writer Clotilde Dusoulier, to suit
modern readers and their kitchens, while preserving the integrity of the original book.
The great reputation of I Know How to Cook has been built over three generations by the
fact that it is a genuine cookbook: each recipe has been cooked many times, and because
it is used by domestic cooks rather than chefs. And with its breadth of recipes and
knowledge of techniques, I Know How to Cook doesn't just teach you how to cook French, it
teaches you how to cook, period.