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Hidden in Paris -- The Cookbook by [Gantz, Corine]
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  • File Size: 3734 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Carpenter Hill Publishing (March 10, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 10, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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By Grandma TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 14, 2012
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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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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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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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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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