Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours
Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table has landed on nearly every “Top Cookbooks of 2010” list. Why? “Dorie captures all of the excitement of French cooking today, with disarmingly simple recipes gathered over years of living in France. Around My French Table includes superb renditions of the classics: a glorious cheese-domed onion soup, a spoon-tender beef daube, and the “top-secret” chocolate mousse recipe that every good Parisian cook knows but won’t reveal. Other recipes are completely unexpected, liberating, or radically simple including roast chicken for “lazy people.” And as you would expect from a James Beard Award-winning author acclaimed for her baking books, Dorie has selected the very best desserts from France’s home-cooking tradition. Packed with lively stories, memories, and insider tips on French culinary customs, Around My French Table will make cooks fall in love with France all over again, or for the first time.
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Although I love a cooking challenge, I am sometimes intimidated by cookbooks from the French culinary tradition. These large tomes often read like textbooks with few pictures and long lists of ingredients that are difficult to find. Therefore, I was very pleasantly surprised, upon opening Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan, to find a cookbook full of sumptuous photographs and easy-to-follow instructions. As the title suggests, this cookbook reads like a collection of well-loved recipes that Greenspan serves in her own home and this makes for a wonderfully varied selection of dishes. Along with more traditional fare (eclairs, quiche, roast chicken), Greenspan includes some recipes inspired by other culinary traditions (Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, Dressy Pasta “Risotto”). If you are up for a challenge, she has included some complicated French dishes, but the book also contains many recipes that would be great for quick, mid-week meals.
I have had this cookbook for only a few days, but I have already tried a couple other recipes from it, including the Herb-Speckled Spaetzle, and each one has been a delight to prepare and to eat. I have a feeling I will be making recipes from Around my French Table for years to come.
If you’re ready to dig into some of the recipes yourself, we suggest starting with Dorie’s recipe for Roasted Salmon and Lentils.