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Simple French Recipes- A Francophile's Collection of Traditional French Recipes and French Cuisine [Kindle Edition]

Walter Ballenberger
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“Simple French Recipes- A Francophile's Collection of Traditional French Recipes and French Cuisine”

Have you ever been stumped about what to serve for a dinner party or a large family meal? Or perhaps you had the desire to make some kind of fancy French dish but were afraid you might mess it up?

The book “Simple French Recipes” takes away the mystery and the fear of failure.

The author has lived and worked in France, speaks French fluently, owned and operated a high-end bicycle tour company there and has built up a collection of mostly traditional French recipes that are not difficult to prepare.

Interestingly, the author is not a trained chef nor has he ever worked in a restaurant setting. He is just a person who enjoys great food and wine and who also enjoys preparing a good meal from time to time. He says that if he can prepare these dishes, so can you.

You’ll find classic favorites like Boeuf Bourgiugnon, Cassoulet, Choucroute, Coq au Vin, the Alsatian country favorite, Tarte Flambée and others. There are quite a few fish dishes, including the divine Fish Tajine à la Française, which the author learned from a chef at the famous five-star Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. Quite a few other fish recipes are included since most of France is surrounded by ocean and seafood is very important and popular there. There are side dishes like Ratatouille and a few desserts including the classics Crème Brûlée and Mousse au Chocolat.

In addition, wine pairing suggestions for each of the dishes have been added.

The author and his wife have prepared these dishes for years and have modified them over time to meet their own tastes, and to make them easier. The fact is that you don’t have to be an Iron Chef like Bobby Flay or Mario Batali to have success with French cuisine and French cooking.

And be sure not to miss finding out the secret of cooking marvelously tender Boeuf Bourgiugnon that can be cut with a fork. The author maintains that this secret alone is worth more than the price of the book! Amaze your family and friends by preparing a few of the 27 recipes in this concise and wonderful little book of French recipes.

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  • Print Length: 72 pages
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  • Language: English
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My French Grandmother would own this luscious book! December 11, 2012
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Walt Ballenberger's Simple French Recipes is a winner! My French grandmother, born and raised in Paris and married to an Alsatian gourmand, taught me many things about authentic French cuisine. The most impressive information she parted with (as she stirred a pot of Boeuf Bourguignon on my birthday or cooked her famous crepes in a gleaming copper pan on Christmas morning)is that French cooking at its best is not fussy. Rather it's simple, straight-forward, earthy, and satisfying on all levels: color, consistency, aroma and flavor. Walt Ballenberger completely captures this essence in the fantastic recipes in his book. Nothing difficult, everything fabulous, is how I (and my Grandmother, Marie) would summarize these diverse recipes for meat and fish dishes, side servings and desserts.
This is a book to keep on hand for company dinners, for everyday family meals, for Holliday feasts.
Tonight, I'm making Choucroute. I know both my French Grandmother and Alsatian Grandfather (Henri Robert Wientzen) will be smiling from on High as my kitchen fills with the aroma of fine food.
I give this book Five Stars, Five Forks, Five Wines. It's wonderful. Raoul Wienzen, MD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, user friendly & delicious December 11, 2012
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I have tried 3 of these recipes already & each has turned out beautifully. I especially enjoyed the cassoulet. These recipes bring back many culinary memories of my time in France.
Merci Mr. Ballenberger
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why We Love French Cooking December 11, 2012
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In an age of processed foods, Balleneberger's "Simple French Recipes" reminds us just how important food is to the French as part of a well-lived life and how it should be to any reader as well. The painstaking and specific directions on ingredients, temperatures and cooking times make for excellent results that recall unforgettable nights spent at table in France. My particular favorite recipes were the choucroute and the coq au vin. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Little Book Of Recipes December 18, 2012
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What do you want in a cookbook? For me the answer is pretty simple. You want recipes that are easy to prepare and taste great. That's what this book has in spades. From recipes for Boeuf Bourguignon (Burgundy Beef) to Provencal Beef Stew, this book has it all. The author actually spent some time living in France, and his love of French foods shines through. My only quibble with the book is that not all the recipes have pictures with them, and those that do are kind of small. I like to see what the food is supposed to look like before I attempt it, but maybe that's just me. Other than that you can't really go wrong with this book of simple french recipes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Recipes December 10, 2012
By Anne
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This book has some great recipes at a very reasonable price! I have already tried the Fish Tajine and it is amazing. It took a little bit of time, but the dish was beautiful and tasted great! I'm planning to make the beef bourguignon next. The background information on the dishes is also interesting and fun. I want to hear more....!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We truly love it December 10, 2012
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My wife and I have done a bit of traveling in France and we often marveled at the fantastic food, never thinking that we could ever come close to preparing it ourselves - but we were oh so wrong! This book is all we needed as it is makes things so easy that even I can now create a French culinary masterpiece. Every time my wife and I want to change up our menu we open Walt's book and find exactly what makes us feel we are back in France - incredible! Thanks Walt!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars simple french recipes March 14, 2013
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this is my new favorite recipe book. May have to limit myself to using these only a few times a week
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some Things of Interest February 22, 2013
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There were some interesting stories and recipies in this "cookbook." Most of the recipies seemed rather common and I did not find any that I would class is superior from those found in other books, but in all, the book was ok.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good
One word, boring. This is the worst cookbook I've looked at in a while. Ugh..... An utter waste of time.
Published 23 months ago by Vampire@Hogwarts
3.0 out of 5 stars not a breezy read
There's a lot of content thrown at the reader in this book. That's not necessarily bad but it made for a slow read. Read more
Published on January 26, 2013 by Harvey Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive
. Although I haven't prepared any recipes featured in this book, I'm impressed with the collection. Most of the dishes can be prepared using a few ingredients and aren't labor... Read more
Published on January 14, 2013 by Joyce C. Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars Great tasting food
Nice book, well written. It is great to find French recipes written for American home cooks, with American measures and with suggestions for ingredients available here. Read more
Published on January 2, 2013 by Discreet
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to try something new
Nowadays, I have more time than I used to because my children are all grown. This has allowed me some opportunities to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by Vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recipes
I love this book. Some o the recipes were great and I am looking forward to trying out a few more after christmas. I would recommend this.
Published on December 23, 2012 by Emily Leanne Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple is most always best!
I collect recipe books, and many if not most of them French. No one has perfected the art more than the French. Read more
Published on December 22, 2012 by Vegas Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A friend of mine suggested that I take a look....
....and I am glad I did. Whenever I heard of French cooking I cringed because I thought it would be far too difficult. Read more
Published on December 21, 2012 by LC Newberry
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Great Stuff
Lets be honest. There are so many PHONY cookbooks out there. This is NOT one of them. How can you know it is authentic? You can just FEEL it. Good stories to go with good food. Read more
Published on December 20, 2012 by Elmo Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Homey, often earthy, French recipes
Simple French Recipes by Walter Ballenberger is neatly organized listing recipes by food type using an active table of contents. Read more
Published on December 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Walt Ballenberger originally grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, but for the past 25 years he has resided in Colorado.

He graduated from West Point and is a Vietnam veteran.

He subsequently worked in engineering and in marketing for a leading semiconductor company. That company sent him and his family to live in Toulouse, France, for two years in the 1980s. During that time he learned to speak French fluently, building upon his high school French and Latin classes.

After taking early retirement, he founded Beaux Voyages, Inc. along with his son, and they spent the next 10 years leading bicycle tours all over France, including the Provence, Normandy, Loire, Dordogne, Burgundy, Alsace and Bordeaux regions. He still watches the French national news every day on the French language channel TV5. Walt says that living in a foreign country was a life-altering experience for himself and his family. He is fond of the Rudyard Kipling line: "And what should they know of England who only England know?"

In addition to a book instructing people how to set up a bike tour in the Loire Valley of France, Walt has authored a French cookbook and a weight loss book. He has also translated 8 classic French novels by Nobel Prize winning French authors Francois Mauriac and André Gide. All 8 of these translations are available as downloadable ebooks on Amazon. Walt plans to do more French translations in 2014.

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