Dominique Toulousy à Toulouse – Dominique Toulousy

27 June 2002
Dominique Toulousy à Toulouse – Dominique Toulousy
Dominique Toulousy is, as his preface suggests, "a great chef". His one-Michelin-starred restaurant, Les Jardins de L'Opera in the heart of Toulouse, is testament to his talent. But neither his greatness nor his skill is satisfactorily communicated in his new book. He promises to share the pleasure of entertaining guests at home with the "gourmet dishes" of France which epitomise the "joy of eating". But it is a promise he fails to deliver in the 22 recipes across 160 pages. The book is written predominantly in French, with a stilted English translation. More disappointing is the treatment given to traditional dishes like cassoulet Toulousan, which should embody all that is great about the cuisine of Toulouse. For a chef who comes from the area, his recipe lacks authenticity and the dish, which is a couple of hundred years old, deserves more respect than a few slapdash paragraphs in the corner of the page. Each recipe has a step-by-step guide, but it lacks the detail necessary to equip the amateur chef and assumes that the reader is already accomplished in the kitchen. Its one redeeming feature is an adequate glossary. The photo-graphs and artwork do more for the promotion of Toulouse than for its food. Toulousy may be a great chef, but a great author he is not. Andrew Fairlie, chef-proprietor, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. Dominique Toulousy à Toulouse - Dominique Toulousy. Daniel Briand £40. ISBN 2-903716-58-7
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