Le Livre Blanc

Le Livre Blanc

Format: Hardback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9781909342118
Publisher: Jacqui Small
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Le Livre Blanc is a glorious celebration of the extraordinary culinary talent that is Anne-Sophie Pic, the only woman in france with three Michelin stars, and is one of the most beautiful cookery books ever published.

Presented in a slipcase with a cut-out title, the book is finished with silver-edged paper, three silver ribbons and is printed on three different high-quality paper stocks. Combined with the crystalline photography, the result is stunning.

Anne-Siphie Pic has taken the long-established culinary traditions of her family and her country and re-imagined them through a contemporary and exhilarating approach to texture, form and flavour.

The book includes 50 recipes that, like those of another culinary inventor, Heston Blumenthal, both inspire and amaze. From foams and emulsions, to working with sous-vide and siphons, the recipes transform the everyday, and the not-so-everyday, into the extraordinary. 

ANNE-SOPHIE PIC comes from a long line of illustrious chefs and began her career in the kitchen in 1997. Today she is the only woman in France with three Michelin stars. Her restaurants include Maison Pic in Valence, Bistrot le 7; Scook, a cooking school for amateurs and professionals alike and the two-star Beau Rivage Palace in Lausanne. Her most recent venture, La Dame de Pic, opened in Paris in 2012.

Format: Hardback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9781909342118
Illustrations: 100 photos
Size: 11.024 in x 0.433 in x 9.055 in / 280 mm x 11 mm x 230 mm

‘Silver-lined pages and minimal yet stunning imagery...an intriguing insight into Pic’s boundless creativity’

'This is a beautiful book that oozes elegance and refinement and reveals the very heart of a truly gifted chef... the recipes are fantastic'

‘ The best woman chef in the world… I have eaten her wonderful food and while these recipes will challenge amateurs, they will be an inspiration to anyone who loves cooking’

"Here's the first look at French chef Anne-Sophie Pic's Le Livre Blanc. Pic runs the three-Michelin star Maison Pic in Valence, which was founded by her great-grandmother Sophie in 1889 and has seen four generations of Pics at its stoves. This is her first cookbook in English, and she goes all out for it: the book, as one might guess from the title, is white, inside and out. The laser cut slipcover slides off to reveal more white inside, with many of the pages largely blank. (Because Pic's "unstoppable creativity hasn't yet finished filling blank pages.") The first half of the book is photography; the second is recipes. It is simple and it is stark and stunning. According to the brief introduction, the whiteness of the book evokes Pic's cooking, chef's whites and "can be read as a manifesto of femininity." It would be nice to get through a writeup of this book without bringing up the fact that Pic is a woman (in the grand scheme of grand restaurants, who cares?) but the subject seems unavoidable when so few of her peers are choosing to produce restaurant books of this quality. In fact, the singularity of the book almost explains the starkness: there's no room for frivolity, just serious recipes and serious food porn. The book has both in great quantities." - Eater.com
February 24, 2014
Chef Anne-Sophie Pic, chef and author of Le Livre Blanc, is featured in the March 2014 U.S. issue of VOGUE Magazine. Read More.
August 15, 2013
The food blog at T: The New York Times Style Magazine has called Le Livre Blanc by Anne-Sophie Pic "as much an art book as a practical guide" to cooking. As only the fourth woman in history to be awarded three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic is routinely described as the best female chef in the world. Her first cookbook in English for Jacqui Small takes the long-established culinary traditions of her family and her country, and re-imagined them through a contemporary and exhilarating approach to texture, form and flavor. Read More.