At her cooking schools in Paris and Provence, Patricia Wells’s students leave with more confidence in the kitchen than they ever experienced before. Now, home cooks can learn from the master, known for her collections of delectable, precise, and well-tested, recipes.
Here Patricia Wells codifies the skills she imparts in her classes in this inviting instruction manual and cookbook. Each of the recipes teaches particular techniques—blanching, searing, simmering, sweating, steaming, braising, deep-frying—with additional recipes that take your skills in directions both savory and sweet, simple and profound—giving you the knowledge and assurance to expand your cooking even further.
For each master recipe, Patricia provides creative sub recipes, such as:Braised Meat: Four-Hour Braised Aromatic Pork (Master Recipe), plus Provençal Lamb Daube with Tomatoes, Olives, and MushroomsGrilling: Scallops Grilled in Shells with Truffle Butter (Master Recipe), plus Grilled Chicken Under a BrickBrioche: Honey Brioche (Master Recipe), plus Blueberry and Orange Blossom French ToastMadeleines: Sweet Chestnut Honey Madeleines (Master Recipe), plus a stunning Walnut Cake using the same batter.Roasted Vegetables: Autumn Rainbow Vegetables (Master Recipe), plus Roasted Eggplant with Harissa, Fennel Seeds, and HoneyPanna Cotta: Lemon Panna Cotta with Candied Lemon Zest (Master Recipe), plus Raspberry Panna CottaRustic Galette: Apple and Fresh Rosemary (Master Recipe), plus Apricot and Lavender Honey Galette
Patricia also provides a list of pantry essentials, necessary equipment, sources for finding the best ingredients—such as oils, fish and shellfish—a dependable list of preferred wine importers, and advice on when to make easy ingredient substitutions and when to stick to the original recipe.
The book is structured around the four basic types of dough - wheat, whole-grain, rye and enriched. Photographic step-by-step instructions explain each baking technique, while troubleshooting sections provide advice. Alongside techniques, Claus gives tips and tricks for achieving best results, with explanations of the best flour and equipment to use. Recipes then show you how to put your new-found skills to use, ranging from rye bread to cinnamon loaf, from spelt bread to scones. This is the perfect guide to creating delicious Nordic breads and pastries at home.