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Classic recipes & simple techniques. Over 200 culinary techniques are demystified in this fully-illustrated and comprehensive guide to French gastronomy. "Essentials of French Cooking" offers the step-by-step kitchen techniques that are the secret to success. The book opens with a guide to the fundamentals of cooking: knife techniques (chopping, slicing, paring), cooking methods (braising, grilling, frying, steaming, poaching, roasting), sauces and stuffings, eggs, and dough. Each method is explained in text and photographs.