"Classic French Cooking is a collection of iconic recipes that are the base from which all other French cooking derives. Luard is very conscious that classical French cuisine can be complicated and lengthy on method and that most home cooks do not have endless hours to prepare family meals, nor are they always willing to give over an entire day to cook for a dinner party. She has analyzed the methods carefully and wherever possible has simplified the process without losing the most important feature of the French kitchen--flavor. Luard has demystified the process with her common sense approach. And for this reason "Classic French Cooking is an exciting and welcome addition to any cook's library. Her text is thorough and the pages are peppered with her enchanting line drawings of dishes, kitchen utensils, ingredients and market stalls.