Recently I have had an interest in working with classic pates, terriens, pate en croute etc. After some of the usual internet research I found that the Time Life Good Cook Series "Pates and Terrines" comes highly recommended. I was able to purchase it for a reasonable price off ebay and when I received it was completely blown away. This prompted me to look into the other editions (28 in all) and I purchased the entire set off.
What baffles me is how I ever missed this series in my cooking career. The books are magnificent and I knew nothing of the main force behind the series Richard Oleny. Turns out he was a culinary tour de force American who lived in Paris. He had an extensive knowledge of classical French cooking techniques which is apparent when you review the books. It was also interesting to learn that he was a mentor/inspiration to Alice Waters and other famous chefs through out the years.
These books are out of print but if you are able to purchase them I think they are outstanding. They even come with two cloth ribbon bookmarks that are part of each book to keep your place. The photography is excellent. Does anyone else have these in their cooking library?