Le Guide Culinaire

By Auguste Escoffier

Original Publisher
Editions Flammarion
Date of publication


This foundational French guide, a fancy food bible, was required reading for most 20th century chefs. Flip the ultimate omelet, prepare aspic jellies, and master the five mother sauces, first catalogued in this ambitious and standard-setting tome.

from the publisher

When Georges Auguste Escoffier published the first edition of Le Guide Culinaire in 1903, it instantly became the must-have resource for understanding and preparing French cuisine. More than a century later, it remains the classic reference for professional chefs.…Escoffier’s Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery is the ultimate guide.

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A bible. But what I like more are the forewords of Escoffier that really show why he was a genius, and how well he sensed the spirit of his times to create a change in how kitchen's were organised. Also, I really like some of the old techniques he uses that are sometimes forgotten, the use of essences for instance.

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The only cook book you really need everything is in it. Yes its minimalist in its descriptions and methods but it’s all in there.

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My reference book for the 706/3 at college, possibly the foundation of food today

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