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Hidden in Paris -- The Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Corine Gantz
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Here is what readers of the Hidden in Cookbook have to say:

"Just plain adorable... I enjoyed the photos of Paris and the food. I ordered her novel based on this cookbook and look forward to reading that." Lone Wolf, Amazon Reviewer.

"Gorgeous and Yummy! ...While the book is very nicely done in small, it is gorgeous on the big screen! Each of the recipes is accompanied by a bit of text from Corrine's Hidden in Paris, a stunning photograph of Paris, and another of the recipe." Grandma, Amazon Reviewer.

"Lovely! I liked this book quite a bit - the photos are lovely and the author writes in a casual, occasionally humorous style that I enjoyed. I laughed out loud at the calculator en croute and the "eggs of irreproachable freshness and lineage." Lucy Ditty, Amazon Reviewer

By the author of Hidden in Paris, a playful cookbook filled with step-by-step recipes of the kinds of meals French people really prepare and eat at home.

Originally created for the readers of the novel Hidden in Paris, this cookbook features twenty delicious dishes described in the novel, mouth-watering photography of food (and of Paris!) excerpts from the novel, and funny stories.

The recipes in the cookbook are mostly traditional French comfort food, easy to prepare and easy to love. The cookbook is intended as an ideal download before a trip to France, especially for those whose idea of the French experience includes shopping at markets and preparing local dishes.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3558 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Carpenter Hill Publishing (March 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ROQFZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,958 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Yummy! April 14, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Grandma first opened the pages of Corine Gantz' Hidden in Paris -- The Cookbook in her Kindle for Mac app and must note that while the book is very nicely done in small, it is gorgeous on the big screen! Each of the recipes is accompanied by a bit of text from Corrine's Hidden in Paris, a stunning photograph of Paris, and another of the recipe. (Corrine did her own food photography!)

Corrine gained my approval the very second she wrote: "Since, like yourself, I have things to do, places to go, children to raise, and I'm not in the business of cooking, I favor one pot dishes; recipes prepared in fifteen minutes that I can walk away from and come back to find ready to serve an hour later. I want comfort and nutrition for the least amount of time and an even smaller amount of dirty dishes." We share a very similar food philosophy.

The recipe selection is small, just 19 recipes, but well chosen. Most of them Grandma will have to cut in half, but her Soufflé au Fromage is already just half of Grandma's. Since I live in Vermont, the fromage of choice is Vermont Cheddar, the sharper the better, and it makes a dynamite souffle. Corrine has also convinced me to give Salad Niçoise a try. Julia's version, with everything drenched in vinaigrette separately, has somehow just always been a huge turn-off.

You'll find a very nicely done Table of Contents that interfaces correctly with the Kindle Navigation Menus along with a few extras - a synopsis of the book (now on Grandma's Wish List), a link to Corrine's blog and more.

Kudos, Corrine, for a very well done book. How much are tickets to Paris?

Highly Recommended!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely April 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is a hyperlinked table of contents and it does interface with the Kindle for PC navigation menu. The first link takes one to a book excerpt and a photo, the second takes one to the recipe itself. I would suggest that this be clarified in the link text.

I liked this book quite a bit - the photos are lovely and the author writes in a casual, occasionally humorous style that I enjoyed. I laughed out loud at the calculator en croute and the "eggs of irreproachable freshness and lineage."

The recipes sound delicious and very do-able. I really, really want to try the endive recipe.

The recipes do tend to go to two pages; I really prefer they be on one if at all possible, but I am occasionally willing to make exceptions.

I did have a few quibbles.
The Lasagnes Francaise is listed as meatless, but the ingredient list calls for 1 pound of meat.

Poulet Provencal says to microwave or steam the red peppers or carrots to precook them, and then add the cooked red peppers and cook for an hour. First off, the carrots disappeared along the way, and I'm not sure why these vegetables would have to be precooked if they're going into a pot for an hour.

There are a couple of typos and grammar errors here and there (and the author does provide an email address and encourages readers to send in such things). They are minimal and did not detract from my reading pleasure.
"kilos to pounds and litters to gallons"
"freshly shopped parsley"

The pictures are obviously of real food and are very appealing. They don't look like "glamour photographs" of a meal, like those you might see in a magazine, they look like a good photograph of a real dish.

I wouldn't hesitate to tackle any recipe in this book. The seafood recipes are far less likely given my location and budget, but who knows, maybe someday.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pictures are better than the recipes May 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was a freebie, so I am not disappointed in the purchase. I found the recipes incomplete. Ingredients were listed and then never called for. Or ingredients were used, then told to reserve them, and never called into play again. Cooking times were also way off. Most items one knows from past experience that it will take longer to cook then the recipe dictates, but sometimes you rely on the recipe times and in this case, the result is not pleasant. The pictures are lovely and so the book is not a total loss.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon appétit à tous! December 22, 2012
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I was just browsing in books one day when I came across Hidden in Paris. I used the LOOK INSIDE feature, and I was hooked on the text, the recipes, and the lush food photography. So I bought it and spent the next few hours entranced by this extraordinary cookbook. I learned that the cookbook complements author Corine Gantz's novel of the same title. (I haven't read the novel yet, but my interest is certainly piqued.)

I'm old enough to remember watching Julia Child on "The French Chef" on PBS in the 1960s, and I think that's where my love of cooking originated. Hidden in Paris, with its excerpts from the novel, savory recipes, and commentary, just reignited my interest in cooking good food. And how could you not love a cookbook with directions that include gems like "Taste. Moan with pleasure." and "Don't let the light as air appearance trick you into thinking it will also be light on the thighs."

The recipes include a marvelous assortment of meatless dishes; beef, chicken, lamb, and pork; fish and seafood; and desserts. Of course, the classic Coq au vin is included, plus about twenty other great looking dishes. Cooking directions are straightforward and clear, and ingredients are used that are generally available to American cooks.

Special compliments to the author for the gorgeous photography of the finished dishes. Food photography is an art and a science, and Ms. Gantz has clearly mastered it.

I'm ready to start cooking. I'll probably start with one of the simplest recipes, maybe the Croque Monsieur, classic French comfort food that's "much more than a grilled cheese sandwich."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good intro
If you are looking for an introduction to home-style French cooking, this would be a good starting point. Read more
Published 1 day ago by The Pod
3.0 out of 5 stars a walk through Paris
classic dishes of France, but not much more. I would have enjoyed a few more recipes to really enjoy my walk through my Paris memories.
Published 2 months ago by cruises6
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking a trip to France !!!
Looking at this book, and reading the recipes take me back home, They are explained very well ,and true to the French cuisine. If you loves great food please down load this book.
Published 3 months ago by Unique
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I thoroughly enjoyed this little e book. I haven't read the original. This was the cookbook and writings. It wasn't particularly deep or educational. Just nice. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Just Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
My husband and I visited Paris not too long ago and the beautiful pictures being back great memories. Not only the pictures were enticing but the recipes sound intriguing as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lola
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and useful cookbook
This book is a delight to read and easy-to-use. The recipes are practical and can easily be adapted for family and friends.
Published 5 months ago by Cocofresco
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!!
What an amazing cookbook! I have been looking for recipes to do with my 7 yr old to be able to cook on her own while teaching her about Paris (we homeschool). Read more
Published 5 months ago by tc
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. The story about the people who comes to stay with her are fascinating. The description of the area and shop is very interesting, it make me want to go to Paris.
Published 5 months ago by linda niles
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Not A cookbook, not a travel guide, just a book, I had hoped for more inspiration so will look elsewhere
Published 6 months ago by Airemail
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of its kind
Has art--pictures and narrative. The narrative is a hoot! It's definitely worth the price and it has wonderful simpler recipes of great fresh foods. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lfmiller
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More About the Author

Corine Gantz was born in France and lived in Paris until she was 23. She is the author of the best selling novel Hidden in Paris and the accompanying cookbook, now being translated in half a dozen languages. She is also the author of the popular blog Hidden in France where she muses about décor, travel, food and all things French.

She is passionate about food (cooking it and eating it) and has lately tried to adapt her love of French food to her new mission: vegan cooking. On occasion she leads seminars and writing workshops. She is currently working on a new novel: a family saga and tale of love and loss that takes place in France over a century.

Since being swept off her feet by an American, she lives in Southern California with her husband and their two sons.

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