Baking Chez Moi

New York Times Bestseller

Baking Chez Moi, sweets from my Paris kitchen and from those of my friends, has about 200 recipes and one secret: French people don’t bake! At least they don’t bake anything fussy or fancy or finicky. That’s the stuff they buy. When they bake at home – and they only bake for family and friends they think of as family – they bake simple, homey sweets. They bake loaf cakes (called Weekend or Travel Cakes – love that!) and single-layer rounds. They bake cookies and open-faced tarts (with dough that they buy already-rolled-out from the supermarket) and wonderful puddings and custards and fruit desserts.

It took me years to get these recipes. Even my closest friends weren’t eager to give me their recipes. And everyone was reluctant for the same reason: They thought the recipes were too simple! “You won’t want to make this,” they’d say, “it’s just so simple.” When I finally got the recipes, I discovered that they were all right: The recipes were simple. But they were simply delicious. The kinds of recipes who want to make many times and to share them, as my French friends do, with people you love.

This is one of my favorite books!

If you decide, as others have, that you’d like to bake your way through Baking Chez Moi, consider joining the bakers from Tuesdays with Dorie. They’re baking all the recipes in Baking with Julia and Baking Chez Moi – jump in and join them!

Dorie Greenspan