Voilà, Soufflé!

Published Spring, 2009
Edible Portland

Every cook has a selection of "greatest hits" in his or her repertoire, along with the classics and golden oldies. More often than not, these are the recipes that have been passed down from one family member to another, generation after generation, reminders of childhood favorites, family celebrations and birthday dinner menus. Pretty standard fare, and not the first place you'd look for a soufflé recipe.

Besides, who ate soufflés growing up? My mom is an accomplished cook, and she's fed me plenty of classics over the years, but I don't recall a single soufflé. So, when I decided that my repertoire was incomplete without said classic, rather than call her, I reached for the red spine speckled with tiny gold fleur-de-lis that sits on my kitchen bookshelf: Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In moments like these, it's best to turn to a pro.

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