Item description for The Provence Of Alain Ducasse by Alain Ducasse & Francois Simon...
Alain Ducasse has a grounded obsession, a secret garden, a protected territory - namely, Provence. It's in Provence that he plays around with his ideas and his flavors, and it's Provence that provides him with a place where he can catch his breath. Ducasse is, of course, familiar with all the well-known locations, but in this book he chooses to highlight places off the beaten track, the best markets, wineries, villages, the best terraces to have your aperitif. In each chapter, you will find those addresses and phone numbers for guidance. He even includes many recipes to inspire you in the kitchen. The Provence Of Alain Ducasse explores this legendary region, a place full of charm where you can discover something new every day.
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When offered the position of chef de cuisine at the Louis XV in the Hotel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, not only did Alain Ducasse accept the challenge, but he also committed himself by contract to obtaining three Michelin stars within four years. He beat his own deadline, then went on to receive three stars for his flagship New York and Paris restaurants. At present he has 14 Michelin stars.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Provence Of Alain Ducasse?
To quote the Sex Pistols - 'Pretty Vacant' Aug 18, 2004
A very pretty coffee table book with very little substance, kind of like a dumb supermodel.
know why you are buying this book Jul 16, 2001
This book is a nice, cute, coffee-table book. It has lovely pictures, text in a font which is difficult to read but looks handwritten, and not much content.
I had hoped to get some significant culinary info for an upcoming trip to Provence, but found this book long on looks and cutesy text but with frustratingly little information. Much better for those trying to figure out how to buy/eat there is "Markets of Provence" and, believe it or not, the Peter Mayle books.
So if you want a nice coffee table book with the name of Mr. Ducasse on the cover, buy it. If you want useful info for planning the culinary part of your trip to Provence (and food in Provence is pretty close to heaven, people), choose another book.
Great book, disappointing format May 24, 2001
This is a beautiful book - lovely recipes, great photography, useful information for a food lover's trip to Provence, BUT - it's too big and bulky to bring along on your trip. (I had hoped for a book similar to Carla Capalbo's "The Food Lover's Companion to Tuscany.") It's a great book, but I won't be bringing it to Provence next month.
A Hardcover Trip to Provence May 8, 2001
As a person who loves Provence I find this book to be a true find! Who cares if you like to cook! The pictures alone will make you want to jump on a plane. The "Stopping Along the Way" section in the back is a superb travel/eating/drinking guide.
Well worth buying whether you have been to Provence many times or can't wait to go!
A pleasure read Mar 31, 2001
What a great book! I felt like I was seeing Provence from my living room, I could smell the flowers, taste the olive oil, and see all the beautiful gardens. I now feel like I can go to Provence, not as a tourist but as an insider. On top of all the gorgeous pictures and delightful text, Alain Ducasse shares all his secrets and recipes from his favorite region of the world. You'll be thrilled with this book!