Cooking with Les Dames d’Escoffier is back in stock at McLean & Eakin, so if you haven’t already picked up your copy in preparation for our first meeting, stop by soon. While owning the book is not a prerequisite for attending the meeting, Gastronomical M&E is as much about cookbooks as it is about cooking, so count on some lively discussion about the recipes, techniques and credo of Cooking with Les Dames d’Escoffier.

We’re not the only folks who think this is a great cookbook; The International Association of Culinary Professionals has nominated it for its annual Cookbook Award, recognizing Cooking with Les Dames d’Escoffier as one of the best compilations released in 2008. Kitchen GadgetGals calls it “great cookbook and a great read” and notes that “culinary experts’ personal tips and hints sprinkled throughout the book bring the authority of well-used techniques right into your kitchen.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette praises Cooking with Les Dames for its “very appealing range of recipes,” and Booklist raves, “Something for everyone here.”