"Some of the best comfort food is French,” food journalist, cooking instructor, and blogger Davis (Cuisine Niçoise) writes in her introduction to this savory valentine to French cooking, “and it is not that hard to make at home.” She proves her point again and again, showing readers how they can transform their home into a private French bistro with dishes such as a rustic caramelized onion and Roquefort clafouti, classic French onion soup gratinée, and duck breasts with black cherry sauce. Simple pleasures like a crusty baguette with melted chocolate or a perfect croque madame dominate the offerings, though Davis doesn’t shy away from more formidable fare, such as a pork and vegetable stew with dumplings that requires a whopping 33 ingredients or a visually impressive layered vegetable omelet cake that calls for three omelets stacked upon one another. Davis does what she can to ease prep and cook times (slow cookers are employed for traditional cassoulet) without sacrificing the all-important flavor. Even though some dishes require more time and preparation than others, readers will find their patience rewarded with memorable results. (Publishers Weekly
“This book is so up my alley. I am so excited….it is one of the most delicious books I have looked through in quite a long time.” (Cathy Erway Eat Your Words
“Hillary Davis, you did it again. Another gorgeous book! Your recipes are not the same-old same-old that you get in most French cookbooks. This is an important cookbook, one that is a gold mine of grand-mère recipes.” (Ann Haigh On The Menu Radio
“This beautiful new cookbook captures the hearty and heartwarming side of French cooking with a collection of classic recipes and regional favorites, many given modern updates to put them in sync with the way people eat today.” (Grant Butler The Oregonian
“This book will make you want to don an apron and turn up the flame.” (New Hampshire Magazine
“Davis emphasizes that as life grows faster and faster-paced, the love of cooking at home returns to the slower, cherished way ― a little while in the kitchen and around the family table means a lot more of the good life.” (Steve Sherman The Keene Sentinel
“Her love of all things French jumps from every page and the photos make you want to immediately book a flight.” (Lisa Dinsmore OneForTheTable.com
“As we head into fall and cooler days, this cookbook with its new-but-familiar comfort food dishes is not likely to leave the kitchen very often.” (TheKitchn.com
About the Author
Hillary Davis lived in Paris for 3 years and in the south of France, in a village outside of Nice, for over 11 years. During that time she gathered recipes from neighbors and friends, took cooking classes with them, visited open-air markets and farmers, and travelled extensively throughout the country to not only dine in Michelin stars but in the homes of fellow food bloggers and writers that she met over the years.
She is the author of Cuisine Niçoise: Sun-Kissed Cooking From the French Riviera, of French Comfort Food, and is at work on her third French cookbook. She is a food journalist, cooking instructor, creator of the food blog Marche Dimanche, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV, as a food judge, and as a lecturer on cruise lines to discuss and teach cuisine.