Cookbook cover of Secrets from the La Varenne Kitchen by Anne Willan

SECRETS FROM THE LA VARENNE KITCHEN: 50 Essential Recipes Every Cook Needs to Know

Anne Willan

Spring House Press
March 2015
$17.95/trade paperback
ISBN: 978-1940611150


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A culinary icon who helped shape today’s modern food world, Anne Willan founded École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris in 1975. She taught tens of thousands more how to cook through her PBS program, her Look & Cook book series, and her influential encyclopedia on food and cooking, La Varenne Pratique. For her body of work and contributions to the culinary world, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Hall of Fame. She currently lives in Santa Monica, CA and in France.

When Anne Willan founded La Varenne Cooking School in Paris, students were provided a helpful reference booklet: a compilation of the 50 basic recipes they were expected to master as part of their course. Now, forty years later, these foundation recipes from the La Varenne curriculum remain just as timeless and reliable.

Never before available outside the walls of La Varenne, SECRETS FROM THE LA VARENNE KITCHEN is an essential toolkit to fashion professional excellence in any kitchen. It is not a book of finished dishes, but a treasure-trove of fundamental stock, sauce, and pastry recipes that make up a dish. SECRETS FROM THE LA VARENNE KITCHEN is a practical book for practical cooks and is an indispensable addition to the bookshelf of any cooking enthusiast, culinary student, or professional chef.