Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 4:17 am Post subject: Simple, fresh French food cookbook?
Just found C&Z, and I made the Gâteau au Yaourt and Coquillettes au Comté et Pousses d'Epinard for dinner. I realise that this kind of simple, fresh food is just like what I used to have at my favorite restaurant in Chicago, Lula Cafe. The chefs there trained in France, but I know nothing about French food. So, I need suggestions.
I'm an experienced baker and cook, and generally stick to authentic Italian, Saveur, Nigella, and Deborah Madison. I need just a lovely heap of simple French recipes.
Joined: 29 Sep 2004 Posts: 97 Location: Paris, France
Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:10 pm Post subject:
Hi, I have suggestions!!!!
First a little background to justify my opinion: I am American, have been married to a Frenchman for the past 12 years and living in France for the past 3 years.
I highly recommend "Saveur Cooks Authentic French" cookbook. Every time I make something from this book, I think that it is really good, and every French person that eats what I make from this book, says something along the lines of...."oh my god, this is so good, how did you know how to make this? It is just like my mom's" Or something close to that. BUT it is not super simple, but easier than Bouchon.
Bouchon by Thomas Keller, I really like too, it is not simple, but much more do-able than his French Laundry cookbook with wonderful results and a great read in general.
Patricia Wells has quite a few cookbooks about French food, and although I haven't made anything from them (I don't own them....yet) I have often had things made by friends from her books and they have been great. I am told that her recipes are simple.
Joined: 01 Jun 2005 Posts: 46 Location: Sydney, Australia
Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2006 4:16 am Post subject:
I'm a big fan of Raymond Blanc - I've had great success with Simple French Cookery: Step by step to everyone's favourite French recipes and also his Blanc Vite: Fast Fresh Food with Raymond Blanc. Love the food - love his restaurant too!
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