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Life stories and recipes from founder of the legendary La Varenne Cooking School and--along with Julia Child--one of the English-speaking women who brought French food to home chefs everywhere
Anne Willan’s La Varenne Cooking School--in its original location in Paris and its longtime home in Burgundy—trained thousands of chefs, food writers and home cooks. Along with Julia Child, Willan became known for demystifying classic French culinary technique for regular people who loved food. Under her cheerful no-nonsense instruction, anyone could learn to truss a chicken, make a bernaise, loft a souffle. Willan’s more than thirty cookbooks, including The Art of French Provincial Cooking and the seventeen volume Look & Cook series influenced tens of thousands more who could not travel to France to study with her.
One Souffle At A Time bubbles with warm, funny stories of the food establishment--from Child and her co–author Simone Beck, James Beard, Craig Claiborne, Richard Olney, and more--and how they lived in a place they all loved more than anywhere else. It’s also a fish-out-of-water story about a typical and very determined Englishwoman’s storming the bastions of the insular, male French culinary establishment to create an institution.
Featuring fifty recipes--from Coquilles St. Jacques to Chocolate Snowball--and written in Willan’s open, sharp, fast voice, One Souffle At A Time is a memoir from the last big personality of her culinary era to be heard from.