Le Gavroche - Review, recipe and worldwide giveaway

Le Gavroche Cookbook by Michel Roux Jr is a slice of culinary history packed into a cookbook. Leading London restaurant, Le Gavroche, created and run by the Roux family, is now in its 50th year. When the restaurant opened its doors in 1967 with Albert and Michel Roux at the helm, it was the only one of its kind in London.

Half a century later, the Roux family is a name synonymous with quality French cooking and the highest standard of service. Even mother and daughter team Giselle and Emily have a book coming soon New French Table: A Fresh Take on Classic Recipes. 

Michel Roux Jr. has been chef de cuisine at Le Gavroche for over 25 years now. In this book, he selects 200 of the most popular classic recipes from its kitchens. Roux Jr. worked with many of France's top chefs and as a personal chef to the President of France before taking over at Le Gavroche. This edition of his first book marks the restaurant's 50th year anniversary, showing how to create the atmosphere and cuisine of Le Gavroche at home, with advice on dining French style and how to select what to drink, from aperitif to sweet wine.

From the more sophisticated Stuffed Saddle of Lamb with Spinach and Garlic, Saffron Jus to Waffles with Poached Pear, Bitter Chocolate Sauce and Poire Williams Cold Sabayon to a one pot, but still elegant, Coq à la bière and Hot Cherries with Chocolate Brownie and Pistachio Ice Cream there is a full range of French dishes to whet your appetite and stretch your culinary muscles.

Special thanks to Orion for sharing this luscious dessert below with us and for offering three copies of this title in our worldwide giveaway - scroll down for giveaway information. 

 

Vanilla crème brûlée with almond puff pastry sticks
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You can use any ramekin dishes for this, but I like to use large shallow ones, for a higher proportion of crunchy brûlée to rich cream. Demerara sugar gives a crunchier topping, but does not stay that way for long.

Serves 4

  • 250ml double cream
  • 75ml full fat milk
  • 1 vanilla pod, scraped
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 50g caster sugar, plus 3-4 tablespoons for the topping
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence

 Heat the oven to 140°C/275°F/gas 1. Put the cream, milk and vanilla pod into a saucepan and heat to boiling point. Cover and leave to infuse for 10 minutes.

Whisk the yolks and 50g of the sugar together until pale and thick, add the vanilla essence and pour the boiling cream on to the mixture; stir well, then pour into four ramekins.

Cook in a water bath in the oven until just set, about 20 minutes. Leave to cool.

Sprinkle with a thin, even layer of sugar and caramelize with a blow-torch or under a very hot grill. Repeat several times until you have the desired degree of golden brown crackling toppin. Leave to cool; serve within 2 hours.

Sacristains

Heat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Roll out a sheet of puff pastry to 3mm thickness, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with finely chopped almonds. Using a long sharp knife, cut strips of pastry 12mm wide and 10cm long.Twist five times and place on a baking sheet. Cook until golden and crisp, dust with icing sugar and serve warm with the crème brulée.

 

The publisher is offering three copies of this title to EYB Members worlwide. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index are you excited to try first?

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98 Comments

  • Jane  on  9/7/2017 at 6:02 PM

    I can still remember the meal I had at Le Gavroche, around 30 years ago. It was duck with baby turnips. It was a lovely restaurant - I was being taken by a boyfriend and it seemed a very romantic place (or maybe we just created the romance!).

  • lgroom  on  9/7/2017 at 6:04 PM

    Mmmmm ..... the lemon verbena ice cream sounds good.

  • sarahawker  on  9/7/2017 at 6:12 PM

    Whisky truffles!

  • Execchef1225  on  9/7/2017 at 6:13 PM

    The dill and crab cakes

  • Kristjudy  on  9/7/2017 at 6:16 PM

    The brûlée looks fabulous

  • debkellie  on  9/7/2017 at 6:31 PM

    Craving chocolate - so for me it's the Warm bitter chocolate tart with ivory ice cream!

  • Lijstjesmeisje  on  9/7/2017 at 7:01 PM

    I'd love to try the fougasse, and pork rillettes and tapenade to go with it.

  • Kiiaro  on  9/7/2017 at 7:06 PM

    Bearnaise sauce!

  • sgump  on  9/7/2017 at 7:28 PM

    The ingredients in the dill bread recipe look remarkably similar to those in a recipe for "dilly casserole bread" (that won the grand prize in the 1960 Pillsbury Bake-Off in the USA): it's a lovely (and simple) recipe, great toasted with fresh melon in the summertime. Fun!

  • ravensfan  on  9/7/2017 at 7:29 PM

    Roquefort shortbread!

  • CC.cooks  on  9/7/2017 at 7:50 PM

    Bacon cornbread

  • heyjude  on  9/7/2017 at 9:38 PM

    Lobster Cassoulet

  • iza27  on  9/8/2017 at 12:54 AM

    Oh my Oh my! It's hard to choose. Maybe I'll go with the Duck pot-au-feu with stuffed cabbage. :)

  • Madeleineandfriends  on  9/8/2017 at 1:10 AM

    I would love to cook the light pea soup with poached egg and frog's legs. Perfect Spring (as it is here) entree/ appetiser.

  • AGENT99  on  9/8/2017 at 7:45 AM

    I'd like to try the dill bread

  • kmn4  on  9/8/2017 at 8:33 AM

    Pain d'épices

  • bibliophile02  on  9/8/2017 at 9:05 AM

    Honey and thyme tuiles

  • Sile  on  9/8/2017 at 10:52 AM

    Ginger Brandy snaps

  • motherofpearl81  on  9/8/2017 at 11:45 AM

    Coconut tuiles

  • Rinshin  on  9/8/2017 at 1:21 PM

    Fish mouse

  • biro  on  9/8/2017 at 4:29 PM

    Muscovado Sugar Ice Cream

  • bstewart  on  9/8/2017 at 5:38 PM

    Dill and crab pancakes combine three of my favorite things!

  • choppergirl  on  9/8/2017 at 6:30 PM

    bacon cornbread

  • Siegal  on  9/8/2017 at 7:02 PM

    Lavender ice cream sounds yummy

  • jyms  on  9/8/2017 at 11:05 PM

    I would try the warm bitter chocolate tart.

  • Mivas  on  9/9/2017 at 9:05 AM

    Ginger brandy snaps

  • PennyG  on  9/9/2017 at 1:12 PM

    I didn't need to go further than Potato and Gruyere Cheese Souffles!

  • wester  on  9/9/2017 at 2:27 PM

    Loads of lovely recipes. I think the Mackerel tartlets with chive butter sauce would be first I'd try.

  • rchesser  on  9/9/2017 at 3:14 PM

    Potato and Gruyere Cheese Souffles!

  • JenJoLa  on  9/9/2017 at 3:38 PM

    Almond and apricot beignets

  • lpatterson412  on  9/9/2017 at 5:34 PM

    I would love to try the bacon corn bread!

  • LaurenE  on  9/10/2017 at 12:48 PM

    That brulee sounds amazing!

  • Lkrigel  on  9/10/2017 at 12:48 PM

    Pink praline tart!!

  • FireRunner2379  on  9/10/2017 at 6:31 PM

    I'd love to make the Banana and Rum Ice Cream!

  • Littlebirdchoc  on  9/10/2017 at 9:34 PM

    Spicy fig chutney sounds awesome

  • AnnaZed  on  9/10/2017 at 11:52 PM

    Pissaladière

  • Karla123  on  9/11/2017 at 4:27 PM

    I love all the flavors in this recipe for "Vegetables à la Grecque."

  • skipeterson  on  9/11/2017 at 4:42 PM

    Spicy pigeon and lobster salad

  • ktwalla  on  9/11/2017 at 4:50 PM

    Roquefort shortbread.

  • cake17uk  on  9/12/2017 at 1:47 AM

    Quick puff pastry - as I'd love to find a quicker way to make it!

  • cookshelf58  on  9/12/2017 at 5:16 AM

    Bacon Cornbread

  • stitchan  on  9/12/2017 at 10:36 AM

    Duck breast with honey and rosemary potatoes

  • matag  on  9/12/2017 at 11:59 AM

    Vanilla creamed rice with stewed peaches

  • echilt5  on  9/14/2017 at 1:31 AM

    Bacon Cornbread

  • lhudson  on  9/14/2017 at 7:27 AM

    Ginger brandy snaps

  • kitchenclimbers  on  9/14/2017 at 10:25 AM

    creme brulee

  • Alexandria2  on  9/14/2017 at 5:58 PM

    wow this book looks great me and my mom would love it ! yum bacon cornbread !!!

  • JJWong  on  9/14/2017 at 6:06 PM

    I'd bake up the bacon cornbread for the family!

  • GillB  on  9/14/2017 at 6:56 PM

    Bacon Cornbread sounds great

  • Shelley.b  on  9/14/2017 at 7:56 PM

    Spicy fresh crab salad

  • HungryJamie  on  9/15/2017 at 3:04 AM

    Roquefort shortbread

  • jifar  on  9/15/2017 at 11:37 AM

    Almond & raisin petit fours with honey and whiskey!

  • ladybrooke  on  9/15/2017 at 12:04 PM

    Potato and Gruyère cheese soufflés

  • jim.windle  on  9/15/2017 at 4:57 PM

    Spicy pigeon and lobster salad.

  • luccio  on  9/15/2017 at 6:04 PM

    Pumpkin fritters - something I've never thought of trying...

  • doogiemb  on  9/15/2017 at 6:34 PM

    Definitely Lobster Cassoulet - sounds delicious

  • ckbkaddict  on  9/15/2017 at 10:01 PM

    Chicken with lentils and thyme

  • DemelzaPoldark  on  9/15/2017 at 11:23 PM

    Soufflé Suissesse

  • J00ls  on  9/16/2017 at 1:01 AM

    The Bacon Cornbread - sounds like a fabulous accompaniment to the big Shoot Meals I cook for during the season

  • Charlotte_vandenberg  on  9/16/2017 at 1:27 AM

    Delice glacé au Tokaji, this sounds like a wonderful French Japanese combination!

  • Allie80  on  9/16/2017 at 3:39 AM

    Soufflé Suissesse - after trying it in the restaurant I'd like to see if I can recreate it at home!!

  • poneill  on  9/16/2017 at 5:32 AM

    White chicken stock; if I can find a calf's foot!

  • pokarekare  on  9/16/2017 at 6:27 AM

    Pickled wild mushrooms

  • RSW  on  9/16/2017 at 7:04 AM

    Roquefort shortbread

  • mombaker247  on  9/16/2017 at 7:45 AM

    I forage so pickled mushrooms. When I was young I kept all the Roux cookbooks in my locker and would recommend recipes to my French Chef he was impressed. I want to add this to my collection.

  • fbrunetti  on  9/16/2017 at 10:02 AM

    Monkfish Basquaise

  • sunset34  on  9/16/2017 at 10:16 AM

    corn-fed chicken with saffron milk, cap mushrooms and rum. Thanks

  • lils74  on  9/16/2017 at 11:21 AM

    I'd try the Dill Bread, as it's a spice I enjoy that doesn't get enough airtime, in my opinion!

  • sequoia55  on  9/17/2017 at 1:14 AM

    Bacon cornbread

  • t.t  on  9/17/2017 at 1:15 AM

    Pistachio madeleines

  • irinastiles  on  9/17/2017 at 4:44 AM

    Lemon Verbena ice cream

  • Phizz_17  on  9/17/2017 at 6:38 AM

    Pork rillettes for sure. Love them.

  • RickPearson54  on  9/17/2017 at 1:41 PM

    creme brulee

  • jd5761  on  9/17/2017 at 5:00 PM

    Bacon Cornbread sounds fab

  • Julia  on  9/17/2017 at 8:08 PM

    So many look wonderful! Spicy Fig Chutney for starters.

  • pamelita  on  9/18/2017 at 3:22 PM

    bacon cornbread!

  • BMeyer  on  9/18/2017 at 6:52 PM

    poached pear w. bittersweet chocolate

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  9/19/2017 at 2:02 AM

    I would like to make the Honey and thyme tuiles.

  • chimpbob  on  9/19/2017 at 8:53 AM

    The Lemon Verbena Ice cream

  • tararr  on  9/19/2017 at 1:44 PM

    Spicy fig chutney...

  • fiarose  on  9/21/2017 at 10:02 PM

    mm, dill bread, spicy fig chutney, pickled wild mushrooms, creamy lentil and pheasant soup...this book is so artful!

  • Dmartin997  on  9/22/2017 at 10:34 PM

    Stuffed sea bass with fennel and dill bread

  • Seren_Ann  on  9/23/2017 at 5:20 AM

    Millefeuille of roast saddle of rabbit with Parmesan sounds so tasty !

  • silversand  on  9/23/2017 at 9:09 AM

    Roquefort shortbread :)

  • trudys_person  on  9/24/2017 at 9:51 PM

    Bacon cornbread, and all the ice creams!

  • Scotsman61  on  9/27/2017 at 12:42 AM

    Roquefort shortbread

  • obbigttam  on  9/28/2017 at 1:08 PM

    Roquefort shortbread sounds intriguing.

  • linded  on  9/28/2017 at 2:24 PM

    I love a good recipe for pork rillettes. Would love to try this one.

  • rachael_mc  on  9/30/2017 at 12:40 PM

    Bacon cornbread

  • kbiggs  on  9/30/2017 at 4:20 PM

    Honey tuiles

  • sugo  on  9/30/2017 at 7:09 PM

    Dill and crab cakes

  • LAWG  on  10/2/2017 at 2:34 PM

    The Pickled Wild Mushrooms and Ginger Brandy Snaps are speaking to me, especially because I've been foraging for Cepes, and it's approaching Ginger Snap time of year ;-)

  • Danlev  on  10/2/2017 at 9:58 PM

    Would love to try the pain d’epices!

  • Livia  on  10/7/2017 at 1:45 PM

    It has got to be Pork rillettes

  • v.t  on  10/9/2017 at 4:22 AM

    Ginger confit

  • orchidlady01  on  10/12/2017 at 4:19 AM

    Scallops in a cream rosemary sauce, wild rice with squid

  • laffersk  on  10/12/2017 at 10:33 AM

    Bacon cornbread

  • Katiefayhutson  on  10/14/2017 at 7:50 AM

    Whisky truffles

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