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My French Kitchen: A Book of 120 Treasured Recipes Paperback – January 3, 2006
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About the Author
Joanne Harris is the author of seven previous novels—Chocolat, Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Sleep, Pale Sister, and Gentlemen & Players; a short story collection, Jigs & Reels; and two cookbook/memoirs, My French Kitchen and The French Market. Half French and half British, she lives in England.
Fran Warde is a chef, food writer, and food stylist in the U.K. She is the author of three books: Food for Friends, Eat Drink Live, and Thirty-Minute Italian, and the coauthor of My French Kitchen.
Top Customer Reviews
There is a recipe for a flourless chocolate almond cake that I will attempt at the first opportunity, and one for coq au vin, which I think sounds marvelous for a chilly weekend meal in October. I'm in love!
You'll love looking at the photographs. But, what you will love more, especially if you love the combination of chocolate and nuts, is the "Gateau Charles", which is a flourless chocolate cake. I bake this cake [at least] once a week, for I like to eat a slice, daily. The cake is easy to prepare. (The recipe calls for the use of 70% chocolate. My suggestion, if you're in the United States, and if you can get your hands on it [the company is located in northern California], is to use the Scharfenberger brand of chocolate. No, I don't work for them; I'm just a "foodie".)
The recipes will knock your socks off. The roasted tomato tart is worth the price of the book. My book club was blown away by the bluberry tart. A gluten intolerant guest was thrilled with Gateau Lawrence. (Flourless chocolate. Easy, intense, and will make you a legend among your friends). The soups are excellent too. Oh yes, and the cabbage pie (galette) I made just because it sounded so weird, that was wonderful too. The recipes seem to 'work' if you know what I mean. You may choose to reduce the butter and make adjustments, but they turn out beautifully as written.
One complaint and it is an issue of layout, not content. The recipe introductions are, for some mind boggling reason, printed in very light grey and can be hard to see. Probably the layout design person was in their early 20's with perfect vision! Pretty is nice, but books are meant to be read people!
I'm going to get her other cookbook too, while it's still in hard cover. Buy this. You will use the recipes and love them!
Come on...I couldn't resist. The book is a sumptous delight with loads of pictures of French food and French life. I sat down with a French press and read the book from cover to cover before deciding what to cook. The recipes and the writing are unpretentious and yet elegant--just as good French food should be. A great find.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a charming book filled with recipes written by the author of Chocolat. So far, the ones I've made were simple to prepare and delicious. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ursula
Beautiful book, great condition, lots of incredible photos.Published 9 months ago by David A. Collins
This book is filled with easy to make (and source) recipes that taste delicious. Living in Europe, I can say that the fare is authentic. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Christy Spear
One of my favorite cook books. Simple recipes, tasty results. Beautifullly illustrated. This is my second copy.Published 14 months ago by Kent Rathbun
If you loved Chocolat --the film or the book by Joanne Harris, this has some of her family recipes for French cuisine classics such as Quiche Lorraine and Coq au Vin. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joanna Daneman
Loved all of Joanne's books. This cookbook is delightful from the cooking standpoint and the visual look at her country. It's fun to just look at. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Wanda F. Armstrong
This cookbook is full of cultural gems! It makes for quick and easy understanding, when you are not thoroughly familiar with French cuisine. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sarah Dunlop
This book has beautiful stories that go along with the cookbook and recipes. They recipes look amazing. I wanted to look inside the cookbook when I bought it online but couldn't. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Suzanne Allcroft