Renowned French chef Roger Vergé passed away at his home in Mougins, France on June 5. He was 85.
Vergé was best known as one of the founding fathers of the cooking style nouvelle cuisine (cuisine of the sun), a term coined by Henri Gault, Christian Millau and André Gayot at GaultMillau/GAYOT Publications in the early ’70s. The style takes elements of French cooking and emphasizes fresh and flavorful ingredients presented in simple but artfully prepared dishes.
Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur
By Michel Guérard
(Francis Lincoln Limited, 2014)
Inventor of Cuisine Minceur and author of the bestselling book of the same name, Michel Guérard has released his second manifesto of diet-friendly recipes in Eat Well and Stay Slim: The Essential Cuisine Minceur, a cookbook as intricate and elegant as the food it seeks to craft.
It is 18 kilos of a1,200-page cookbook containing 500 recipes and illustrated by 1,500 photos; 1,000 copies of this book are being sold at € 1,500 by a chef who started in the kitchen at 15, and has been cooking for 25 years. From peeling potatoes at his debut, Yannick Allénoworked his way up to fine dining gastronomy when he took the helm at Le Meurice restaurant in Paris.
The best way to discover this soon-to-become iconic cookbook, Ma Cuisine Française, is to do it with Alléno himself with the video above. Also listen closely to how Alléno wants to redefine French cuisine in this exclusive one-on-one discussion.
At Sacramento’s most-talked-about restaurant, The Kitchen, executive chef John Griffiths and chef-owner Randall Selland celebrated the seasonal and the local by adding walnuts to the menu — at the exact same time as walnuts were being harvested in orchards throughout neighboring San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo counties.
“There’s no better time to cook than fall,” Griffiths announced, going on to praise the region’s fruits, vegetables, meats, fish — and nuts, whose rich earthiness he said was intrinsic to autumnal cuisine.