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French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals and Gatherings Hardcover – October 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797944
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* It might be presumptuous to say that anything could be a one-stop resource on rustic French cooking, but Reynaud’s door-stopper cookbook comes pretty close. Don’t mistake this for a beginner’s course, though. Though uncomplicated, Reynaud’s recipes assume some culinary expertise and are refreshingly free of hand-holding, which allows cooks with a decent grasp of technique to gather a more wide-angled picture of what they’re actually doing to food, rather than a detailed map of how to arrive at a finished dish. Most of the creations get their own full-page, artistically composed photograph that proves that there’s a passionate relationship between the eyes and the stomach. Reynaud clearly possesses a comprehensive knowledge of French cuisine, and in this book he takes special pleasure in bringing together all aspects of French country life, offering brief bios of local artisans, sheet music for traditional songs, and glib cartoons detailing everything from the different cuts on a cow and the proper method for rolling croissants to the various pleasures fit to be accompanied by Champagne. Much more than just a collection of recipes, this hearty homage to culinary artistry is itself a work of art worthy of being savored, slowly and thoroughly or one bite at a time. --Ian Chipman

About the Author

Stéphane Reynaud is the owner of Villa 9 Trois in Montreuil, near Paris, a highly regarded restaurant specializing in pork. The grandson of a village butcher on the Ardèche plateau in France, Reynaud is the author of Pork & Sons and Terrine.

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Every recipe is delicious.
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Sure, it's worth grabbing this just as a _reading_ cookbook.
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This is a very detailed book with a lot of good information.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Spiteri on February 7, 2010
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Couldnt find this in stock at Amazon UK at the time so ordered it from the US. Can live with the American measurements considering that this is a great cookbook. The illustrations are excellent, covers a lot more than I expected with simple uncomplicated recipes (although some ingredients might be tough to source) and delicious results every time. Excellent addition to my library!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2014
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Dammit, I don't NEED another French cookbook. But I cannot resist this one.

I was poking around at my public library website (looking up recipes for foie gras, because it was a dandy way to procrastinate my day job) and thought this sounded like a fun cookbook to read. I'm perfectly happy to look through a cookbook for entertainment value and then return it to the library, and I was all set to give this review a title like, "What a fun cookbook! But you don't need to own it."

Stéphane Reynaud convinced me otherwise.

I own several French cookbooks, from the Julia Child original to The Bonne Femme Cookbook, and you'd think that would be enough for any avid home cook. And at some level, it is: How many recipes for coq au vin or beef Bourguignon do I need? Plus, as much fun as it is to indulge in the food porn of 8 recipes for foie gras (such as "pan fried foie gras with prunes" or "whole foie gras poached with baby vegetables"), I'm perfectly aware that I'm only LOOKING at the recipes. Even if the diagram showing the differences between goose and duck foie gras taught me a bunch of neat stuff I didn't know.

Sure, it's worth grabbing this just as a _reading_ cookbook. Most of the 299 recipes are accompanied by beautiful, inspiring photos, whether they're simple dishes (poached eggs in red wine sauce), old-fashioned country cooking (beef tongue in madeira sauce), or elaborate all-day-Sunday putter-in-the-kitchen dishes (cassoulet with duck confit). Chapters are devoted to Charcuterie; innards (a whole chapter! because not everyone is afraid of tripe); eggs; vegetables; meat; poultry; game; fish; cheese; sweets.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt Schmidt on March 9, 2010
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I enjoyed Stephane Raynauds other book 'Pork and Sons' so much that I bought this one.. This book is just as good if not better, because the focus is on all things french, from the food to the sports, and the drinks. The drawings add some laughs, and also some great information, as different name for cigars or wine bottles. The recipes go anywhere from a simple salad to bacon wrapped cheese to multi-step desserts. Highly recommended for the home cook as well as seasoned chef.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robbie R on May 28, 2010
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I was very pleasantly surprised at the size and breadth of this book! It was so much more than I expected. Not only are the recipes wonderfully authentic, but the foods are well paired with suggested wine selections. There are beautiful pictures of each dish, along with much information on various ingredients, techniques, a little history, etc. Very creatively compiled, in an unfussy, approachable way, with a great padded cover, witty yet refined artwork and attached ribbon bookmark. An extra treat was the section on aperitifs, including the proper way to make a pastis (a personal favorite). Probably the only two books, of French cuisine, one will ever need in the kitchen are this marvelous book and Julia Child's. Makes a gorgeous and practical gift to family and friends!
Bon appétit!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bohemian_manifesto on January 5, 2010
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I can't think of another cookbook more beautiful. Excellent pictures and stories. Makes an excellent coffee table book as well. I haven't put it down since the minute it arrived. I also high recommend his other book, Pork and Sons.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Clements on January 9, 2010
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Another winner from Stephane Reynaud! Every recipe is delicious. When you make one of these recipes, you are somehow transported to his village. His friends become your friends and you can almost hear the clamor of a glorious French feast. Then, you yourself serve the meal and create your own French feast and add to the beautiful clamor as you and your guests have a delectable feast.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By athena on December 31, 2010
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I was given French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals and Gatherings as a present for Christmas, along with two other of Stephane Reynaud's cookbooks (Terrine and Pork and Sons). This is a wonderful cookbook, with detailed recipes, good photos of the food, and interesting side stories associated with rustic French cooking. I have cooked several of the recipes from the book, and they have worked well so far. If you are a complete novice to cooking, this is probably not the best volume for you, and while there are some vegetarian recipes, the bulk use meat or dairy products. I would strongly recommend trying the Upside-down Apple Tart on page 408 - it is delectable!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lina Bussell on December 30, 2013
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Amazing cookbook. Bought it for my mother-in-law who loves french cooking. She started reading it and with all the stories that are part of the book - it transported her back to France. She came across some of the farmhouse recipes that she learnt to make while in France. Highly recommended!
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