|Tout Robuchon, aka the Holy Bible of French cuisine|
If you need only one French cookbook, this is the one. From blanquette de veau to poulet basquaise, from boeuf bourguignon to lapin aux pruneaux, this book brings together everything you will ever need to know to become a good home-style French cook. All the classic recipes are included and there's no daunting long lists of ingredients. Careful though, this is not a book for beginners; despite the fact that it includes quite informative sections about the choice of ingredients and their preparation, this book presupposes some knowledge of basic cooking techniques. If you think a bain-marie was one of the favourite beauty treatments of Marie-Antoinette, this book is not for you.
The picture above features the French edition published by Perrin. The English version is available from Amazon.co.uk here.