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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423636988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423636984
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 2014-06-16)

“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 2014-09-28)

“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 2014-08-24)

“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 2014-09-02)

“This book will make you want to don an apron and turn up the flame.” (New Hampshire Magazine 2014-09-01)

“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 2014-09-14)

“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 2014-09-22)

“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 2014-08-20)

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.

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Every recipe I tried is a winner!
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For the most part the recipes are easy to execute, with few exotic or hard to find ingredients.
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Easy to understand recipes and great photos.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Andrew'sMom on September 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis is a beautiful book overflowing with French inspiration and comfort food.

The recipes that I have marked to try include, but are not limited to (that phrase is leftover from my legal days), Caramelized Onion and Roquefort Clafoutis, Savory Tomato Basil Cake, Wicked Chocolate Omelet Flamed with Rum, Perigord Garlic and Chicken Soup, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Candied Chestnuts, Endives and Ham Gratin, Potato, Cheese and Wine Casserole, Very Lemon Tart in a Butter Cookie Crust, Rum Soaked Almond Cake from Nantes and Walnut Tart in Walnut Pastry

Last night I made Heavenly Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Melted Cheese and Succulent Roast Chicken with Oranges and Black Olives. To say the chicken was flavorful would be like stating Las Vegas is warm in July. The chicken was moist, tender and orangey perfection and the potatoes were creamy heaven (and I forgot that heaven was actually in the name of the recipe).

My husband appreciates my cooking and there are some meals that earn the "thank you, that was so delicious" statement and last night was one of them (and my husband does not like mashed potatoes) - so score! I had doubled the recipes to share with my neighbor who is running herself ragged with her teenaged daughter who is undergoing some serious medical issues. I got several Fox stars from the Fox family - not as noteworthy as the Michelin stars but still meaningful to me.

Hillary writes great instructive details -- a novice or experienced cook could recreate any of the recipes in this beautiful book. The ingredients should be easy to procure in any large supermarket.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Monicat on October 15, 2014
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I purchased this book yesterday and made the Caramelized Onion and Roquefort Clafoutis. That recipé was worth the price of this book. The clafoutis was simple to make, but the sum of it's parts was astounding. Instead of making the recipe in individual ramekins I caramelized the onion in a small nonstick frying pan, added the roquefort and the batter to the pan and popped it in the oven. What emerged was a puffed, golden orb. I seved it straight from the pan with an arugula salad on the side. I swear we moaned through our meal. What a wonderful treat!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jann Mumford on August 24, 2014
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Loving the fact that Hillarys' recipes are true comfort recipes! I spend a great deal of time cooking in France and realize how many different French recipes are available that one could prepare. Many recipes we read and make today are elaborate and time consuming. I love the simplicity of this book and that so many of her recipes could be prepared every day with very little difficulty. This is a great book to have in your library especially if you are just getting started in the simple and informal comfort recipes of French foods! The photography,Steven Rothfield, also sets the mood!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AnnmarieKostyk on October 18, 2014
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Eat with your eyes first! Enjoy this wonderful work full of fabulous authentic French recipes with your eyes first scanning the recipe titles. The photos are amazing. Then go through the second time and read what the book is about. Bring France into your kitchen with the perfect comfort foods to warm you on chilly fall and winter days.

I'm doing a Julie & Julia with French Comfort Food. One recipe every Sunday. What better way to pamper myself before my week begins. So looking forward to it. Tomorrow's first dish? Potato, Bacon, Cheese, and Wine Casserole. What's not to love about that recipe?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurie C on November 29, 2014
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French Comfort Food is beautifully laid out, with gorgeous photography by Steven Rothfeld. The book is hefty, with excellent-quality paper and a sewn binding, making this a great gift for Francophiles or anyone who likes the idea of learning to cook French food that’s not as elaborate and labor-intensive as haute cuisine. It lies open flat at any recipe in the book, and seems made to last. It also has an excellent 9-page index!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tina W. Reynolds on January 15, 2015
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Ooh-la-la! This is a very pretty cookbook and gives you something to inspire you. The recipes are not as difficult as the term "French" might imply but are rather the more simple things we all look to for real nourishment. The book is large and impressive.
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Four words come to mind when first wanting to describe this book and they are - gorgeous, delicious, comforting, joyful. This book has been at my bedside table for a couple of months now - and has traveled into my kitchen more than once - and it's also quickly becoming one of my favorites. Hillary has done a fabulous job in putting together a book that brings "French comfort food" to a mainstream level of comfort and a personal level (at least to me) of happiness. I can't open this book without experiencing pure joy. The photographs of the food AND of the French landscape are remarkable. I dare you to open this book and not want to either make one of the delicious recipes - visit France - or both! Hillary has also included personal stories and background throughout the book - which I appreciate and use to find the book even more warming. Some of my favorite recipes included in the book are "Cheese Soufflés in a Mug" (page 34 - and genius! Who would have thought about maybe a cheese soufflé in a MUG!?), "Knitting Needle Spirals with Pistou" (page 39 and remind me of cheese straws - but with the volume turned UP!), "Savory Tomato Basil Cake" (page 55 and a delicious alternative to a "sweet" dessert ending), "Irresistible Potato, Cheese, and Cream Casserole" (page 67 - YUM!), "Tart Apple Turnovers" (page 68), "Crispy Cinnamon Walnut ️Chocolate Palmiers" (page 81), "Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Fried Egg" (page 98 and a "go to" when wanting something familiar and comforting), "Heavenly Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Melted Cheese" (page 113 - and I agree Hillary - this is HEAVEN!Read more ›
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More About the Author

Hillary Davis is a the author of French Comfort Food, Cuisine Niçoiose, and the critically acclaimed A Million A Minute. She is a freelance food writer, cooking instructor, and creator of the popular food blog, Marche Dimanche. She is a long time food columnist and restaurant critic for New Hampshire Magazine and her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Connecticut Home Living, Hartford Magazine, Tastes of New England, CelebrationNH, ParisLuxe.com, Bonjour Paris, and other regional, national, and international publications. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, including Bloomberg Business News, B Sky B Television News in London, CNBC, BBC radio, WMUR-TV, WBK-Radio, and other local stations in the U.S. She has been a food and travel lecturer on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines. As a food authority, she is a frequent judge of cooking competitions and a speaker at food and blogging events.

She has lived in France for over 13 years, 2 in Paris and over 11 in the south of France in the village of Bar-sur-Loup. A lover of all things French, she credits her years of dining in the Michelin stars and in friends and neighbors' homes with infusing her with a knowledge of cooking that spans homemade to haute cuisine. She can't wait to try a new recipe, discover a new dish, or learn about places and restaurants and share it all with her readers and followers on social media. The ability of food to bring people together in a spirit of sharing and giving inspires her writing.

She earned a degree in Economics from Columbia University and a graduate degree in International Relations from Cambridge University.

To visit her author web site: http://www.Hillary-Davis.com
To visit her food blog: http://www.MarcheDimanche.typepad.com
To visit her cookbook review blog: http://www.TheBestCookbooksList.com
On Twitter: @marchedimanche
On Facebook: Marchedimanche
On Pinterest: Marchedimanche

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