Roux.   Albert & Michel     - With both brother's signatures.
French Country Cooking.
The title page of this book is a two-page spread. A bunch of red radishes obviously in summer, in a French open country market; The Roux Brothers (a single long line) FRENCH COUNTRY COOKING Albert and Michel Roux. Photographs by MARTIN BRIGDALE. With a tipped in 'good-wishes' card from Albert and Michel Roux, signed by each.
FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION 1989. 4to. 268 x 215mm. 1fep. Half-title. Title pages. Printer's info. on verso. (1)Contents. p6-9 Introduction. p10-251. p252 Specialities of Provence. p253-256 Index. 1fep. Full of fantastic colour plates of prepared dishes. Dark brown cloth boards with vibrant dust jacket. Condition as new. ALSO ENCLOSED: A three folding page booklet for The House of Albert Roux 'Focus' Menu. A four page card advertising 'Sutherland's Eldon Wild Blue Pork' being sold by Roux. 1xA4 sheet of Traiteur menu items also available.
- In 1967 the brothers opened their first restaurant, Le Gavroche (The Urchin) at Lower Sloane Street in London. The opening party was attended by celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Ava Gardner. For the following week, Chaplin was reportedly shuttled across London so he could eat there. In 1972 the brothers opened a second restaurant, the Waterside Inn, in Bray, Berkshire, and launched a catering business. (see image #6 below). called the 'House of Albert Roux' at 229 Ebury St. London SW1. In 1967 Albert and Michel moved and opened Le Gavroche at 43 Upper Brook St, in Mayfair, London. In 1974, the Roux brothers were awarded their first Michelin star for their cooking at Le Gavroche. In 1977, they were awarded a second, and in 1982 they were awarded their third. Le Gavroche was the first British restaurant to be so honoured. Michelin stars for the brothers' other restaurant, the Waterside Inn at Bray, in Berkshire, soon followed. Graduates from the kitchens of Le Gavroche include Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing, Rowley Leigh, Paul Rankin, Bryn Williams, Andrew Fairlie, including, of course, Albert's son, Michel Roux Jr, now in charge at Le Gavroche, and Michel's son, Alain, in charge at the Waterside Inn. According to Rowley Leigh, "The fact that it is run by an incredibly strong family is key." Paul Rankin: "Whenever you go back you are made to feel amazing and special a part of the family." In his book White Heat (1990), Marco Pierre White acknowledged Albert Roux as a mentor and father figure. Marcus Wareing calls the Roux brothers "the godfathers of British haute cuisine". In 2010, the Waterside Inn became the first restaurant outside France to have held three Michelin stars for a period of 25 years. An incredible achievement. This book essentially presents, not only the gastronomic heart of the Roux brothers but that of France as well. The Roux restaurants have stayed true to those roots and rather than try to pander to constant innovation, they have presented those timeless French regional classics to the highest standard. Largely because of the Roux Family's influence on the many British chefs who were trained in the Roux establishments, we now have an accepted 'Modern British Cuisine', supported with great appreciation by the many key food suppliers and artisanal producers, up and down Great Britain, capable of suppling the highest quality of all kinds of incredible produce. This is especially highlighted by the three items enclosed from Albert Roux's high-class shop first opened in Ebury Street. Pimlico, in the early 90's. An proud legacy. A fantastic cookbook.

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