Le Livre Blanc by Anne-Sophie Pic {Cookbook Love}

“Cooking for the ones we love is the greatest proof of love.”

—Anne-Sophie Pic

Le Livre BlancCookbook lovers, I have a new recommendation for you: Le Livre Blanc, a sleek, gorgeous, minimalist, all-white cookbook from Anne-Sophie Pic.

If you aren’t familiar with Anne-Sophie Pic, she is a highly-regarded, award-winning French chef who owns a restaurant that’s been in her family for four generations: Maison Pic in Valence, France.

Some of her accolades include:

  • World’s Best Female Chef from Veuve Clicquot
  • 3 Michelin stars for Maison Pic
  • 2 Michelin stars for Restaurant Anne-Sophie Pic in the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Best Female Chef from The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
  • Named a Chevalier (Knight) of the French Legion of Honor

Needless to say, Pic’s dishes and recipes are outstanding, and her cookbook is an absolute treasure. The book itself is beautiful, from the design to the photography, which is modern and inviting. It could double as a coffee table book, but look within and you’ll find unique recipes that will take some special attention to make—but the kind of attention that’s well worth it if you love French cuisine that’s elegant and modern.

Some of the recipes in Le Livre Blanc:

  • Peas and Aquitaine caviar
  • Fresh morels, peas and broad beans
  • Caramel Gruyere and black truffle
  • Gariguette strawberries with aged rhum agricole
  • John Dory with peppermint, truffle shavings and Mallemort asparagus
  • Beetroot with Blue Mountain coffee cream and tangy barberry
  • Apricot with caramel crunch and beer ice cream

And this gorgeous slow-roasted chicken with turnip fondant, Medjool date chutney and pepper chicken jus.

bresse chicken - poularde-dattes-medjoulLe Livre Blanc will make a wonderful addition to your own cookbook collection or as a beautiful gift for your favorite food lover.

What’s one cookbook you wish you owned? I’d like to send one winner a cookbook of their choice.
In the comments below, tell me the name of the book and why you love it.

I’ll be choosing a winner on Friday, December 20th.

My gift to you.

  1. Tracey, this cookbook made me think of the adage, “You’ll eat your words.” Oh my, yes… please. Thank you for your wonderful review and info on Anne-Sophie Pic. Loved her quote, too! She’s definitely a culinary force to be reckoned with and then some.

  2. I would love my own The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl. Because the beautiful magazine is dead, this is all we have. Plus, all I’ve made from that book have been the best dishes I’ve ever made.

  3. So many choices!!!!!! I would love to own Tender by Nigel Slater because I’m feeling a little “tender” this week and I would also love to own La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltry because for me, eating represent a cultural history that is so beautifully illustrated in this book. Eating for an inspired life. Yes.

    And now to check out Anne-Sophi Pic! Thank you. . .

  4. I would love A girl and her pig by April Bloomfield. I admire her and love her style so much. Her food is simple but incredibly well executed, and I had my 40th birthday lunch at the spotted pig. I really want the cookbook because nobody will buy it from my amazon wish list because she has a dead pig draped across her shoulders on the cover!