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French Brasserie Cookbook: the Heart of French Home Cooking [Hardcover]

Daniel Galmiche , Heston Blumenthal
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Book Description

1 Sep 2011
'This book is full of inspiring recipes that will immediately transport you to a French brasserie in your own home' - Heston Blumenthal

What it is that we love so much about food in a French brasserie? Is it the delicious, time-honoured dishes cooked to perfection? Or the fresh, local ingredients and regional recipes? Or is it that most of these recipes started life in the home? Perhaps this is why they have such a special place in our hearts.

In French Brasserie Cookbook, Michelin starred chef Daniel Galmiche brings us a superb collection of 100 classic, easy to follow brasserie recipes with a modern Mediterranean twist. A committed champion of French food and cookery, and someone who is passionate about making home cooking approachable, Daniel gives us irresistible recipes for starters, mains, side dishes and desserts - all based on the classic principles that characterise brasserie cooking: regional recipes, local ingredients and homely, comforting flavours. Try his aromatic Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Lavender, for example, the delicious Grilled Fillet of Sea Bass with Caramelised Lemon & Basil Oil or the wonderful Wild Mushroom & Herb Risotto, followed by a mouth-watering Raspberry Clafoutis, Tarte Tatin with Rosemary & Toasted Almonds or Orange Souffle Pancakes.

Vibrant with the mesmerisingly diverse tastes and aromas of France, this brilliant book shows you how to create fresh, contemporary French flavours in your own kitchen.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Duncan Baird; 1st edition (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781844839926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844839926
  • ASIN: 1844839923
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Daniel Galmiche creates easy, modern food that is full of flavour and character.' --Heston Blumenthal

About the Author

Daniel Galmiche has gained or retained prestigious Michelin stars at four of Britain's top restaurants. 'The king of contemporary French cooking', he trained under the tutelage of Michel Roux and regularly appears on TV including Saturday Kitchen with James Martin, Home Cooking with Rachel Allen and the Good Food Channel's Market Kitchen. Daniel, of The Vineyard in Stockcross, Berkshire, has recently been awarded the Relais & Chateaux Rising Chef Trophy 2011 award. And he has also been chosen as the face of Panasonic's new microwave/convection/grill oven.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If your going to buy one cookbook this year.. 15 Sep 2011
Then buy this one.

I was fed up with boring recipe books which show traditional UK dishes but with a 'twist' or a secret to make it 'extra tasty'. THEY ARE ALL THE SAME.

A friend recommended this book to me and I was not disappointed. It gives a variety of recipes that come from different regions in France. A type of cooking that I was not familiar with before but now definitely excites me.

The recipes are full of flavour, simple to follow and make you feel great when serving your creations to guests.

If anyone ever needed an excuse to host a dinner party, then this book gives you one. Buy it, cook a different style of food and impress your friends and family.

It is certainly not 'just another' cook book and it takes pride of place in our Kitchen.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I have other French cookbooks, French Country Cooking and Elizabeth David, both of which I love, they are classics and great reference books.

French Brasserie feels somewhat more modern, lighter and simpler (and less calorific) than these classic French works. Daniel Galmiche has lifted and reworked many classic brasserie dishes to work well in the British home kitchen.

Containing 100 recipes, the book is divided into chapters featuring basics, meats, fish and shellfish, vegetarian, side dishes & salads and desserts. The majority of recipes have a full page photograph. The photos are bright clear and concentrate on the food without fussy styling. Most recipes have an introduction telling of Daniel's inspirations, memories of the dish and why some of the ingredients are used.

Recipes are unfussy, not needing specialist ingredients or equipment, although some are slow cooked the hands on time is quite short. My usual benchmark for how attainable is a recipe or book for the average home cook is to ask myself if my boyfriend could cook the dish without asking me a question, or taking that much longer than I would (or creating much more mess). Undoubtably he could make everything in the book easily.

Recipes that caught my eye are the pork steaks in a mustard and gherkin sauce below - cooked when a friend came for dinner. Delicious, the gherkins cut through the creamy sauce making it far less rich, I have made a variation on it several times. The fruit parcels in filo were also delicious, given a twist with star anise and black pepper.

I am looking forward to trying the cassoulet, duck rillettes and lime risotto.

Great for everyday suppers and for dinner parties. Daniel is also very helpful on Twitter when I could not decide where to start with the book.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent family cookbook 10 Oct 2011
I have, like the other reviewers hundreds of cookbooks, yet only a few I actually cook from. This is so good, it now lives permanently in my kitchen.
I used to love cooking but since having children I have found it increasingly difficult to get the children to eat anything other than pizza and pasta. I struggle to eat healthily as I always end up eating the rubbish they like, as after a long day at work, I can't face cooking lots of different dishes.
I had totally lost my "cooking mojo" until I saw Daniel cooking the yummiest looking fish dish (Sea Bream in sauce vierge) on the "Saturday Kitchen", and liked his easy manner and helpful hints along the way. His cookbook writes the same way, just like he's in the kitchen with you.."boil the eggs with a few drops of vinegar as this will make them easier to shell later" and so on.
Really helpful, and also suggestions as to what would go with it in the way of veggies. There are great photos which really inspire you, yet the instructions are very easy, and always work. No last minute freak outs just as friends are to arrive for dinner.
I've made so many dishes from this book now, and there are 3 things for me that make this such a great book.
1) I can make dishes like Steak with herb and lemon butter, or pork steaks with mustard sauce, and simply leave the children's plain and unadorned.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST French cookery book out! 10 Jan 2012
This is a FAB book. We used to live in France - but I've never been able to find a book (until now) that helps me to capture the essence of French dishes. Everyday French food - what a treat! It is delightful to be able to recreate so many of the wonderful dishes we ate in Brasseries over there. The recipes are written simply for the layman - even I can understand! I've served some fabulous dishes with minimum effort thanks to Galmiche's tips. I recommend the Tarte Tatin and Salade Nicoise.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful book, full of recipes which are straight forward to make, yet sophisticated on the taste buds. It is a very welcome addition to my French cookery books, and one which will certainly prove to be a firm favourite with me. I saw Daniel Galmiche on Saturday Kitchen, and his book has not been a disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars French Brasserie Cookbook.
This is an excellent book for lovers of French Cuisine and although the illustrations are few the menu descriptions are more than adequate. Tres bon!
Published 23 days ago by Mr. J. A. B. Fairbrother
5.0 out of 5 stars Covers all the basics for successful French cooking at home
I enjoy flipping through any recipe book, but this one is an especially good read with it’s informative wordy bits and easily achievable recipes. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars best french cookbook in Britain
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This book allows the amateur to recreate French resturant food as it is cooked today, rather than the glorified and complex dishes in grander books, that never taste like the real... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. P. D. Sitch
5.0 out of 5 stars French Brasserie Cookbook: the Heart of French Home Cooking
This was a present to my boyfriends dad, he really likes it. It looks pretty, it was a perfect present. If you are into French cooking this is a must. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kleo
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for cooking enthusiast
This is a really lovely looking cookbook.

Full of recipes and pictures that make me instantly hungry just looking at them! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Helen Leivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Looking forward to cooking lots from this. I cut my cooking teeth on Elizabeth David and find this a useful addition to my cooking library.
Published 4 months ago by Henrietta
5.0 out of 5 stars whish i could cook like this auther
I have a great range of cook books, As I do like to cook myself.
you can see that this chef has the knowledge, the passion and love to cook in every recipe. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mj44
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Absolute delicious food. Covers most of the delicious tasty basics, along with basic stocks and a couple of totally necessary sauces, just reading these recipes and looking at the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alison Towers
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible, reliable, and generally recommended.
My heart sank somewhat when I first opened this book, to a careful explanation that what Galmiche had just described 'is called a sauce bechamel'. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Tolmie
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