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Everyday French Cookbook - Perfect Holiday Gift !
on November 7, 2011
With so many cookbooks to choose from, I was looking for an Everyday French Cookbook.
Two weeks ago, I bought The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Everyday Wini Moranville. I am a passionate homecook. Over the last year, my husband and I have not been eating out as much as we used to and I wanted to make meals for us that felt special, but were not overly difficult to prepare. I always wanted to try cooking French food, but was reluctant because my neighbor has Julia Child's cookbook and it gave me the perception that French cooking was complicated, took too long and was loaded with butter...
I don't feel that way anymore ! I love The Bonne Femme. It is Everyday French ! What I'm really enjoying about the recipes in this book is they are not intimidating. The ingredients are fresh and readily available. You can look through it for nightly inspiration.
The first recipes I tried were based on what I already had in my kitchen: Chicken breasts and Pork roast. In the "Saute, Deglaze and Serve" section I found more than three dozen recipes that I could make in 30 minutes. Since getting The Bonne Femme, I've tried new ingredients, used the Le Creuset I got for Christmas last year, bought different cheeses and a new red wine ! Bonne Femme is definitely my new `leave it on the counter' cookbook !
Here are my favorites so far:
1. Chicken Francese: Chicken breasts dredged in flour, sautéed and finished with a nice and easy sauce of wine, lemon juice, garlic, and little butter.
2. Chicken Calvados: Sauteed chicken breasts and shallots. Since I didn't have apple brandy I used apple cider and white wine, some cream and fresh chives from my neighbor's garden. Yum !
I made both with Any Night Baked Rice. Perfect for those on a Gluten-free diet !
3. Pork Medallions with Apricot-Sage Sauce: I just cut the pork tenderloin into medallions; sautéed with shallots and deglazed the pan with chicken broth and white wine. I then added apricot preserves and fresh sage leaves I still had in my garden. The sliced pork tenderloin was so tender, I probably won't go back to pork chops ever again !
4. Beef Burgandy I love red wine and, of course, that it is a key ingredient. Wini recommended using Beef Short Ribs and Beaujolais CRU (not nouveau 2011...). It was the first time I'd tried Short Ribs and the wine and we loved it. Planning to try the Coq au Vin next and some of the other recipes.
The Bonne Femme Cookbook would make a perfect holiday gift for the avid home cook, a friend who loves french restaurants and wine. I'm purchasing one for a friend for her 50th birthday, as a girl's night out pollyanna gift and for my daughter who just moved into her own first home. Add it to your own wish list !
A Philadelphia Bonne Femme !