Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from my Home to Yours
New York Times Bestseller
Named Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Amazon and Epicurious
One of the greatest pleasures of living part-time in Paris is sharing meals with my friends – and it’s a pleasure that has only gotten greater over the almost twenty years that I’ve been a trans-continental commuter. Whether I’ve got friends around my French table or I’m invited to theirs, it’s always fun to gather for apéro – a before-dinner drink and nibbles – and then to sit down together for a meal, usually one where elbows on the table is the norm and the meal and the drinking and the conversation and the laughter can go on until past midnight, even on a school night!
It’s the joy of these meals that I wanted to capture in Around My French Table. This is a very personal book. You meet my family and my friends in this book and you get to share with us the food that we love to cook for each other. There are the hors d’oeuvres, of course – including the recipe for the French cheese puffs, gougères, that I’d serve you if you came to my house. There are hearty soups, salads that switch-hit between meals and starters, simple main courses that work for weekends and those ‘school-night parties’ and desserts, of course, easy ones, because that’s the only kind the French make.
There are over 200 recipes for every day food, all bright and modern, many quirky, all easily doable and every one has a story that you can tell around your own table, wherever that may be.
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Julia Child, who died in 2003, can never be replaced, but if she had been able to name a successor as a standard bearer for French home cooking in America she probably would have named Dorie Greenspan.