The Great Hall
What's the book... The Great Hall: What's the book...
By Chefjoannam (Chefjoannam) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 02:21 pm: Edit

So this is kind of like name that tune, without the off-key humming:

The Chef-Instructor of my classical cuisine class had this little book, about the size of a paperback but less than an inch thick. It was hardcover, and the jacket (or maybe the bound cover itself?) was yellow.

It wasn't a cookbook, it was more of a CODEbook. A culinary playbook.

It would list the name of the item, and it then gave a /brief/ description of the ingredients and possibly the method.

Really, really brief. Almost like a dictionary. No amounts, no times, no temperatures, just bam-bam-bam. An example might be:

coq au vin: (braised) chicken, red wine, mushroom, onion, butter

or even more brief:

Veronique: fish or poultry, with grapes

I really don't remember more than that. Any clues?

By Cheftim (Cheftim) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 02:39 pm: Edit

Saucier's Apprentice

By Cheftim (Cheftim) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 06:19 pm: Edit

Here is a link.
Saucier's Apprentice

By Sonomachef (Sonomachef) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 07:15 pm: Edit

Sounds like Le Repetoire de la Cuisine.

Published around 1914
Old School Escoffier dishes. It's a handy little book

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 07:36 pm: Edit

How about..."A Selection of Dishes and the Chef's Reminder"


"Escoffier's Basic Elements of fine Cookery"

Now, the BIG question is, what one came with a YELLOW cover ? There's the give~a~way.

By Chefjoannam (Chefjoannam) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 07:51 pm: Edit

DING! I do believe that's it.

Of course, amazon doesn't have it, neither does phooey.

But now I've got a good excuse to go check out that culinary bookstore on 3rd, by the beverly center.

Thanks, SonomaChef!
(and thanks, ChefTim, for the effort)

By Chefjoannam (Chefjoannam) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 07:57 pm: Edit

oops, wait, I found it, in case anyone doesn't live in Los Angeles and still wants the book:

I'd rather go to that bookstore, and find it in person... but who knows when I'll have three hours free to drive there, shop, and then drive home!

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 08:08 pm: Edit

I bet they don't have it.
Have you ever eaten at Cynthia's On 3RD ?
And if you go in the morning, stop and eat at Quality Food, just west of fairfax, south side, across from the car wash, best damn bisquits this side of mine.
Further down 3rd., past Gardner(East) but West of La Brea, south side of the street.
There's a very nice book store there with great originals.
When I have time I always go and press my nose against the glass and drool, don't tell him it's me.
There's also a web site called...Arbiss, or Arlisis something like that, they sell and have a great selection of old and original cook, and baking books. They have some wonderful books, different prices for different conditions.

By Chefjoannam (Chefjoannam) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 08:19 pm: Edit

Who has time to eat? I have been chasing around an egg salad sandwich since 2:30. The thing's going to reassemble and hatch before I get a chance to eat it.

Come on, Spike, no more playing coquette with you. I take it as a personal affront that you haven't taken me up on having coffee. Hell, coke or courvoisier if you must...

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 08:25 pm: Edit

then you'd have a chicken sandwich.

when ever you want to get together, just tell me.
I live above melrose between Fairfax and La Brea.
we could eat?
have some of them there bisquits?
they are very good.
or someplace closer to you, where ever that is.
let me know.

By Chefjoannam (Chefjoannam) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 08:35 pm: Edit

quick go back and edit your cellphone number out!

I'll be on jury duty next week, so I can't take any clients. GRR!!! so maybe I'll take you up on some "bisquits" and we can cause a little trouble at the bookstore?

I'm skipping on the sandwich, since I made the mayo this morning and it's been sitting out, and I'll probably die before our "date" and that would be a horrible, horrible thing.

**I have a date with Chef Spike!**


By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 08:52 pm: Edit

not really a date is it.
don't scare me.
jury duty, thats not fun.

By Chefspike (Chefspike) on Sunday, October 23, 2005 - 12:47 am: Edit

Don't forget to take a book to read during the trial.
Judges love that.

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