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Famed bestselling cookbook author Patricia Wells creates a blueprint for success in the kitchen with this superb collection of recipes drawn from her cooking schools in France - the perfect successor to Julia Child's classic The Way to Cook.

At her cooking schools in Paris and Provence, Patricia Wells's students leave with more confidence in the kitchen than they ever experienced before. Now, home cooks can learn from the master, known for her collections of delectable, precise, and well-tested, recipes.

Here Patricia Wells codifies the skills she imparts in her classes in this inviting instruction manual and cookbook. Each of the recipes teaches particular techniques - blanching, searing, simmering, sweating, steaming, braising, deep-frying - with additional recipes that take your skills in directions both savory and sweet, simple and profound - giving you the knowledge and assurance to expand your cooking even further.

For each master recipe, Patricia provides creative sub recipes, such as:

Braised Meat: Four-Hour Braised Aromatic Pork (Master Recipe) , plus Provençal Lamb Daube with Tomatoes, Olives, and MushroomsGrilling: Scallops Grilled in Shells with Truffle Butter (Master Recipe) , plus Grilled Chicken Under a BrickBrioche: Honey Brioche (Master Recipe) , plus Blueberry and Orange Blossom French ToastMadeleines: Sweet Chestnut Honey Madeleines (Master Recipe) , plus a stunning Walnut Cake using the same batter.Roasted Vegetables: Autumn Rainbow Vegetables (Master Recipe) , plus Roasted Eggplant with Harissa, Fennel Seeds, and HoneyPanna Cotta: Lemon Panna Cotta with Candied Lemon Zest (Master Recipe) , plus Raspberry Panna CottaRustic Galette: Apple and Fresh Rosemary (Master Recipe) , plus Apricot and Lavender Honey Galette

Patricia also provides a list of pantry essentials, necessary equipment, sources for finding the best ingredients - such as oils, fish and shellfish - a dependable list of preferred wine importers, and advice on when to make easy ingredient substitutions and when to stick to the original recipe.

About the Author

Patricia Wells

Patricia Wells is a journalist, author, and teacher who runs a popular cooking school - At Home with Patricia Wells - in Paris and Provence. Salad As A Meal is her twelfth book. She won the James Beard Award for The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells at Home in Provence, and Simply French. Also nominated for Beard Awards were Vegetable Harvest and The Paris Cookbook. With her husband, Walter, she is also the author of We've Always Had Paris . . . and Provence. The French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, recognizing her contribution to French culture. A former New York Times reporter, she is the only foreigner and only woman to serve as restaurant critic for a major French publication, L'Express. For more than twenty-five years she was the global restaurant critic for the International Herald Tribune.

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