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French Food at Home Paperback – July 5, 2005
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Almost all of Calder's recipes are barely a page long, and that's only because of those frank and funny introductions. Her recipes for dishes such as Camembert Salmon, Scallops in Velvet, and The Lemon Tart of My Dreams, are simple, approachable, and manageable. The ingredients are easy to find, and she's always suggesting options. Calder's is a sunny and welcome addition to the list of French cookbooks already out there, and happily, chefs of any skill level will enjoy her company in the kitchen. --Leora Y. Bloom --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Her scrambled eggs made just with butter and separated eggs is some of the best food I've ever cooked or eaten.
It was because I wanted to have that recipe (and others like it) that I bought this cookbook. I was disappointed to find that the egg recipe she has in the book is not the same as the one on the show.
I was also disappointed that the book is all text. I was expecting to have pictures of the finished dishes at least.
So, I'm afraid the book has left me a little disappointed because the show had set my expectations much higher.
The book is organized in a very helpful way: Aperitifs (including some alcoholic ones), first courses (including salads), "dinner fairly fast" (which I have personally used a lot), "dinner somewhat slower", side dishes, and desserts. We do not eat many desserts in our home, so I have tried few of Calder's dessert recipes; however, the wine-poached pears (a French classic) are wonderful and can be made while you are making the rest of dinner.
I disagree with other reviewers that it is disappointing that there are no photos. I buy cookbooks for the recipes, which is my number one consideration, and secondly for the writing. Calder is a very good writer, which more than makes up for the lack of illustrations and photos. Her instructions are very clearly written, and I like that she makes a fair number of suggestions about food pairings.Read more ›
I have shelves full of cookbooks. This is one of four books that I regularly return to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
French Food at Home is as informative and user friendly as it is entertaining. Shortly after I began pursuing recipes, I found myself happily reading every anecdote and musing... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gwen
I enjoyed Laura's show on TV when it was on, and that was the catalyst for me buying this beautifully constructed book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love the writing style, but the use of uncommon ingredients (for the US) is a real downer.Published 6 months ago by Big reader
Bought the book because of Laura Calder's program on TV.
Wonderful recipes.... But the book could do with photos and illustrations, it's all text... Read more
Recipes are great of course, but no Pictures, which was a disappointment.Published 11 months ago by Mely31