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Le Guide culinaire
Guide culinaire fr 2001.jpg
2001 printing of 4th edition in French
AuthorAuguste Escoffier
SubjectCulinary Arts
PublisherEditions Flammarion
Publication date
Media typebook
ISBN2-08-200803-7 (2001 printing)

Le Guide culinaire (French pronunciation: ​[lə ɡid kylinɛːʁ]) is Escoffier's 1903 codification of 19th century French restaurant cuisine.


The first edition was printed in 1903 in French,[1] the second edition was published in 1907, the third in 1912,[2] and the current fourth edition in 1921.

Usage and style[edit]

The original text was printed for the use of professional chefs and kitchen staff; Escoffier's introduction to the first edition explains his intention that Le Guide culinaire be used toward the education of the younger generation of cooks. This usage of the book still holds today; many culinary schools still use it as their culinary textbook.

Its style is to give recipes as brief descriptions and to assume that the reader either knows or can look up the keywords in the description.

English edition[edit]

An abridged English translation was published in 1907 as A Guide to Modern Cookery,[3][4] and an edition was published in 1957 with an introduction by Eugène Herbodeau.[5] An English translation of 1921 French fourth edition, by H. L. Cracknell and R. J. Kaufmann, was published in 1979 as The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery: The First Translation into English in Its Entirety of Le Guide Culinaire, including "some 2,000 additional recipes" omitted from the more than 5000 recipes of the 1907 translation.[2][4][6] The 1979 translation was subsequently published as Escoffier: The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery (1983),[7] and a revised second edition with new forewords was published as Escoffier: Le Guide Culinaire, Revised (2011).[8]

Le Répertoire de la Cuisine, written by Escoffier's student Louis Saulnier, is a companion guide to this culinary reference.

English translation of 4th edition


  1. ^ Escoffier, Auguste; Gilbert, Philéas; Fétu, E.; Suzanne, A.; Reboul, B.; Dietrich, Ch.; Caillat, A.; et al. (1903). Le Guide Culinaire, Aide-mémoire de cuisine pratique (in French). Paris: Émile Colin, Imprimerie de Lagny. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b Zeldin, Theodore (1993). A History of French Passions 1848-1945: Intellect, Taste, and Anxiety. Oxford University Press. p. 737. ISBN 978-0-19-822178-4. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. ^ Escoffier, Auguste (1907). A Guide to Modern Cookery. London: William Heinemann. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b James, Kenneth (2002). Escoffier: The King of Chefs. Continuum. p. 300. ISBN 978-1-85285-396-9. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  5. ^ David, Elizabeth (1999). French Provincial Cooking. United States: Penguin Books. pp. 464, 469. ISBN 978-0-14-118153-0. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  6. ^ Escoffier, Auguste (1979). Escoffier: The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery: The First Translation Into English in Its Entirety of Le Guide Culinaire. Butterworth-Heinemann Limited. ISBN 978-0-7506-0288-4.
  7. ^ Escoffier, Auguste; Cracknell, H.L.; Kaufmann, R.J. (15 June 1983). Escoffier: The Complete Guide to the Art of Modern Cookery. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-29016-2.
  8. ^ Escoffier, Auguste; Cracknell, H.L.; Kaufmann, R.J. (7 June 2011). Escoffier: Le Guide Culinaire, Revised. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-90027-7.
  • Escoffier, Georges Auguste., Le Guide culinaire, 4th edition. France: Flammarion, 1921 (renewed 1993)
  • Escoffier, Georges Auguste, Trans. anon., The Escoffier Cookbook. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1969

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