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Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen Paperback – May 15, 2007
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—Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of On Rue Tatin and The French Farmhouse Cookbook
"This collection of remarkably accomplished recipes, from market-fresh salads to indulgent desserts, includes a soupçon of tasty tales and tips from Clotilde’s Parisian kitchen, and is sure to inspire readers and cooks no matter where they live."
—David Lebovitz, author of The Perfect Scoop and Room For Dessert
"Is there any food lover who doesn't dream about living, cooking, and eating in Paris? This charming homage to French home cooking feeds that fantasy with a feast."
“Clotilde Dusoulier’s comfortable, homey food has just the right amount of authentic French flair, and her stories of life in Paris speak to food’s universal ability to bring people together and make them happy. Of course, being transported to Paris never hurts either.”
Top Customer Reviews
That's on page xxi in the section 'My Cooking Philosophy" of the book "Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen. If that way of thinking and approaching food appeals to you I know you will enjoy this little gem of a book! Trust me. It's innovative, down-to-earth, fun, yet practical too, with the occasional 'leap of faith' e.g. the chocolate and zucchini cake.
This book presents what a talented and creative lover of food might very well "throw together" at home in Paris and encourages you to do the same, no matter where you live. I wanted to write a review the day I received it (yes, I've followed her Blog for quite a while) for it seemed already familiar, like an old friend dropping by who had been on a journey and was now in my home. BUT to review a cookbook without trying out the actual recipes did not seem logical to me.
It's a fun read with great advice and yes, you can shut your eyes and pretend you do live in Paris (yet when you open them it's best to have some food sitting there)! Without too much effort you can please yourself and freinds with "downhome Paris" cooking in no time. To start - the Chocolate and Zucchini cake I found was best if you did NOT tell your friends the name of said cake..... just offer it casually with a side of ice cream or gelato or just as is and watch them ask for another piece.Read more ›
The oeuf cocotte is a great way to start a holiday morning; I served the Olive Tapenade at a party and everyone loved it...(and these were mid-westerners). Ditto the Gougères au cumin and Pistachio pesto. I took her advice about a dinner party and made the Mustard Chicken Stew and it disappeared. The desserts are great (savory and not overly sweet). Pain d'épice, Yogurt cake, Crème Brulée with hibiscus (be careful not to boil the milk and cream at all or it will curdle). The Mango Ricotta with Macadamia Crunch I served at a dinner party is still being raved about...so enjoy, enjoy! I bought some lavender and am looking forward to making the apricot compote...
It's beautifully written, I love the photos, but of the recipes I tried,(pear and blue cheese madelines, a cookie made w/ orange flower water and mustard chicken) none of them came out well enough to be counted a success. They were all edible, but not very good. I gave my copy away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a following of Clotilde's blog, it was a natural that she evolved into a sterling writer and recipe developer. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Linda Kaars
Great cookbook and her blog is also wonderful! Book arrive quickly and in mint condition.Published 5 months ago by oils4ever
Very similar to her blog and that was a good thing. I've used several of her recipes with great results.Published 17 months ago by J. Sirmans
Fell in love with the book in the library and just had to have my own copy. It's great it's a smaller paperback version. I don't have lots of room for books in my library room.Published 23 months ago by Peggy Palmeri
Fun book not for the beginning cook, layout is alittle complicated, charming text. Not all ingredients easy to find in US. Nice blog available.Published on February 5, 2014 by Nancy R. Wilson
I absolutely love this book! The author's writing is down-to-earth and fun and her stories are charming. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Huntersville
great book, amazing presentation of the book, lots of incredible recipes. great seller, good price, prompt shipment. will definitely recommend to friends. my chef wife loves it. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by Ace Seven