The Complete Bocuse cookbook.
Haute cuisine master class ... Paul Bocuse: The Complete Recipes. Photo: Jason South

Roslyn Grundy

Named chef of the century by the Culinary Institute of America in 2011, and awarded the Legion of Honour in 1975, Bocuse has been a byword for masterful traditional French cooking for more than 45 years.

Weighing in at 2.8 kilograms, the 783-page Paul Bocuse: The Complete Recipes is a hefty distillation of almost seven decades of kitchen experience.

It's broken into 22 sections, among them cold appetisers, game and fritters, choux pastries, crepes and waffles.

Paul Bocuse: The Complete Recipes

Flammarion (distributed by Thames & Hudson Australia), $59.95