Talk:Espagnole sauce

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I have rated this as a top importance start article. As one of the mother sauces in French cooking, it has significant cultural impact and is an important aspect of French cuisine. --Jeremy ( Blah blah...) 02:47, 23 June 2008 (UTC)

Spelling changesEdit

I removed the capitalization (i.e. "Espagnole" to "espagnole") because that's the way LaRousse Gastronomique has it. I also tried to alway call it "expagnole sauce" for the same reason.


DanielVonEhren 05:51, 4 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Yes, personally I feel that when one is writing a title in French, as opposed to an English translation thereof, one should adhere to French capitalization conventions, although many translators do not do so. Oddly enough, Crown Publishers who published translations of both Le Guide culinaire (1941) as well as Larousse gastronomique (1961), adheres to French capitalization in Larousse but not in the Escoffier. Perhaps it took them the twenty years to figure out how to do it correctly. In French only the first article and noun are capitalized; adjectives are only capitilized in titles if they occur before the first noun e.g. La Grande Dame but La Dame espagnole. Unlike English, adjectival forms of nations are not capitilized. Proper nouns are always capitalized of course and this may cause confusion for a non-francophone when it involves the names of sauces e.g. it is Sauce Albuféra, not Sauce albuféra because Albufera is a proper noun but it is Sauce vénitienne because again adjectival forms are lower-case. It would be correct to write Sauce de Venise however. Clear as mud? :-) Mike Hayes (talk) 06:54, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Why the wrong recipe?Edit

I added Escoffier's recipe (to Wikibooks) but simplified it slightly because it is unecessarily complicated when it comes to skimming and simmering. Mike Hayes (talk) 06:59, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

I don't know if I'm missing something here.... It's one of those times where I find it hard not to be very sarcastic. :-)

The page has a recipe which it says "bears no relation whatsoever to the classic Espagnole" and advises us "should only be regarded as a curiosity."

I'm trying to figure out why there would be an apparently wrong recipe written into entry. I haven't deleted it just yet, but I'm thinking to move it over to the Wiki Cookbook (it's probably quite tasty, so why kill it?), and replace it with Carême's recipe, or Escoffier's--just as soon as I get my hands on them. Perhaps somebody has them readily available?

  • It's there because someone put it there early on for reasons I don't understand. I later wrote the stuff about "no relation to" etc. but felt diffident about deleting the earlier stuff. Frankly, I think it's baloney and should be either deleted or moved. The problem with replacing it with the *real* recipe is that *that* recipe might then be moved by someone else over to the Cookbook -- I once put a recipe for "tartiflette" in Wiki (to go with an article that mentioned it) and then it was, after a vote, moved to the Cookbook. But I'd be happy enough to see this particular phony recipe disappear -- whoever put it in apparently had this old, non-copyrighted cookbook and he went around sticking recipes from it into various articles without much regard as to whether they should really be there or not.... Hayford Peirce 06:19, 4 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Sounds like we're thinking along the same lines.

As to your recipe for tartiflette. I've been thinking about this recently (not tartiflette, but recipes in the Encyclopedia versus in the Cookbook). In general, I'm thinking that recipes belong in the Cookbook, with the Encyclopedia perhaps having a direct pointer. But also I'm thinking that some things are fundamental enough that they belong here (and probably there, too).

The basic espagnole sauce is an example of a "belongs here". The history of French cooking is clearly a good subject only for the Encyclopedia; the mother sauces, as defined by Carême and Escoffier, are central parts of that history; the definition of each of the four to seven mother sauces is their recipe. So I'm inclined to put recipes for the basic sauces here (particularily the traditional recipes), but put recipes for pretty much all the derivative sauces over in the cookbook.

And as for your tartiflette recipe: This is the Wikipedia: Be bold! Revert! :-)

DanielVonEhren 07:05, 4 Jan 2005 (UTC)

    • I agree with everything you say, I guess, as long as there are clear links from the ency. to the cookbook. It's sort of klunky, though, having to log in a second time with the Cookbook if you want to have a Watchlist etc -- I always forget to do so. As for the mother sauces, I agree that all of them should be shown in the encyl. Espagnole, however, is a tremendous process to write down if you want an exact way of doing it, not just a professional cook's shorthand recipe, which could be a single paragraph. I myself have on my computer a somewhat simplified version I came up with years ago (mostly from Julia Child but with some elaborations), and I have on my shelves the 4- or 5-page Sokolov version in his wonderful book on sauces. But even his needs some extra commentary and explanations. Since I make it very rarely, I haven't felt it necessary to go beyond the book version (with all my notes in the margins) and spend several hours rewriting it in order to get it into my computerized recipes. Probably on the Net there's a dozen recipes for espagnole, some of which aren't copyrighted or could be fairly easily rewritten for inclusion here.... Hayford Peirce 17:35, 4 Jan 2005 (UTC)
      • As for the tartiflette recipe, as I recall there was one of those formal discussion and vote thingees and it was decided to move it. I could have argued my side of it at the time, but I figured, Why bother? And the links that someone provided made it easy enough to get to. If you like to eat and cook, you might check it out -- I also provided a couple of nice photos to go with it. And exact instructions on how to make it.... Hayford Peirce 17:35, 4 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Man! I put a comment here yesterday, and it's gone. There were reports that the Wiki was loosing things yesterday (or maybe I just forgot to press the 'save' button). Anyway, I'll try again. I changed the wording about how long it takes to make the sauce from 'days' to 'hours' because of what I was reading in the 1988 (English) Larousse Gastronomique (p. 423). I've never tried to make espagnole sauce myself, so I may have to defer to your experience.

I was hoping to find the original recipes from Carême or Escoffier (or maybe both) to include here; those seem appropriate for an Encyclopedia. Coutine has two recipes in his Larousse entry, one "from Carême's recipe" and a short, modern one. As far as I can tell, Carême's stuff is no longer available (it's even listed as 'missing' in the Library of Congress catalog). I've looked at The Saucier's Apprentice, or there's that new biography of him that I haven't gotten my hands on just yet.

DanielVonEhren 16:23, 5 Jan 2005 (UTC)

  • Yeah, it took a while yesterday for my comments to show up -- something was going on. As for the time to make it, I rechecked my "Saucier's" book and I see that I've written in the margins: "takes at least 3 or 4 days to make" -- and that was when I was doing it with my wife and mother to help. I'll do it again by myself one of these days but I know in advance that it's a multi-day project. I suppose that if you were a pro. restaurant that trimmed its own meat, etc., so that you had bones and scraps and pig rind and calves feet and weird stuff like that lying around, *plus* you also happened to have a pot of homemade tomato sauce sitting on the stove, *maybe* it would be possible to make it in *2* days, or even 1 day if you had different shifts of workers attending to it continuously. Remember, first of all it has to reduce for about 8 hours. Then more stuff is added and it is reduced again. And maybe a third time, plus a reduction with the tomato sauce. This is why, even in France, it is seldom made in the classic tradition anymore. As I recall, either seeing, or reading, a major French restaurant will have 4 or 5 big pots of espagnole simmering at the same time, in various stages of reduction and preparation -- which is why there's generally no hurry in getting it made in the least amount of time.
    • As for the original recipes I'll see what I can find, but it's surprising that Careme's or Escoffier's isn't easily available, at least in a French-speaking source.... 18:59, 5 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Using MetricEdit

Could people please use metric when they write in Wikipedia? I know that certain nations (I name no names) adhere to their funny little measuring systems, but in an international project like Wikipedia, it behoves us to use grown-up measurements. One may as well use ells or cubits or fathoms in Wikipedia articles. Metric is the only internationally recognised system of measurement. Please use it. (talk) 04:17, 5 January 2009 (UTC)

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