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Grand Livre de Cuisine


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For those who haven't heard, Alain Ducasse & Frederic Robert's Grand Livre de Cuisine: Desserts & Pastries is finally being released in English at the end of October for $195. Wal-Mart (of all places) is having a pre-release sale for $115. Here's a link

Grand Livre de Cuisine

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Drewman, what has been your experience with translated works? I often find translations very poorly done in other literary areas. It is a major issue with a lot of works and I am wondering if it is also is a problem with books in this field.

I tend to purchase the books in French and struggle along, relying on my hubby for translations if needed.

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I've only seen the French edition of this particular title, but overall the Ducasse translations tend not to be particularly well done. I definitely recommend the French originals if you have or can acquire the ability to decode them.

Anyway . . . what's up with Wal-Mart carrying the Ducasse pastry book? I mean, that's just a really strange partnership. I could sort of see Target doing it, because Target has a certain sense of style and sometimes makes expeditions into upscale spaces, but Wal-Mart? Must be a quirk of the distribution system.

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For a long time, Ducasse's books were published by his own publishing company and were sold in the places you'd expect to find them: the cookbook specialty stores, in Ducasse's restaurants and online. This latest seems to be published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang. I guess the STC rep convinced Wal-Mart to stock this title. Not sure why, though.

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Co-founder, Society for Culinary Arts & Letters, sshaw@egstaff.org
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Director, New Media Studies, International Culinary Center (take my food-blogging course)

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Thanks for the heads up on this.

I personally find it can be informative to read these books, even when they're translated. Ideas, techniques, flavor combos, things I may have known but forgotten over the years; I usually find something useful.

But I don't get the Wal-Mart thang, either. And thank god it's available through amazon, because my family has a long-standing boycott going on Wal-mart and I would have had to say good-bye to that great price.

So, thanks for the heads up on that, too!!

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When i used to Google Pierre Gagnaire 'Reflections On Culinary Artistry' Wal- Mart always came up!!!!

I had seen the softcover version on This site and it's seems like a good price, since it's truly an amazing book.

What will make or break the Engish version ( for me) is if they don't screw up the measurements, ie., I want metric.

Exciting news though!

Thanks for posting it.

2317/5000

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