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French Cooking in Ten Minutes: or Adapting to the Rhythm of Modern Life [Paperback]

Mary Hyman
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31 Dec 1994
A beautiful reprint of Edouard de Pomiane's classic collection of recipes for simply prepared meals is more useful now than ever before. Illustrated with period pen and ink drawings, "French Cooking in Ten Minutes "offers an array of recipes for quick soups, extemporaneous sauces, egg and noodle dishes, preparing fish and meats, as well as vegetables, salads, and deserts.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: North Point Press (31 Dec 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086547480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865474802
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 13.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Pomiane’s ten-minute cookbook is amazingly useful . . . I love all the quaintness that the Hymans have not tried to adapt or change.” – M. F. K. Fisher

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Edouard de Pomiane was also a noted dietician who taught at the Institut Pasteur and perhaps the first food writer to consider the health implications of classical French cookery.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Straight foreward information about cooking 21 Jan 1998
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French Cooking in Ten Minutes: Or Adapting to the Rhythm of Modern Life by Edouard De Pimiane will give cooks basic information about preparing a meal in a short amount of time.
Written in 1930, the quick and easy recipes can be just the thing for a change of pace in the kitchen.
Translated from the French, this little cookbook gives us a view of life 58 years ago when things moved at a hectic pace and people had little time for cooking after a long day at the office!
De Pomiane's recipes utilize pre-packaged and canned foods, fresh fruit, and step by step instructions. De Pomiane, a doctor by profession, makes even the trickest of sauces appear easy to make. All in all, not a bad addition to the kitchen bookshelf.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old friend revisited 17 Sep 2009
I first read a translation of de Pomeane's little book in the early 1950s and was highly amused by it as well as finding some very useful cooking tips. Since then I have tried to find copies for relatives and friends but sadly they have all been from later translations, as this copy is, and lack the humour of the original, have become more of a formal cookbook and have lost some of his original recipes eg I cannot find 'Sausages with Oysters'. Better than nothing but I wish I could find a copy of the 1940/1950s edition for both it's style and dry wit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book 15 Mar 2014
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Amazing book considering it was written in 1930! Don't know how many recipes I will use but it's a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most delightful cookbook in my collection! 13 Oct 2002
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Extremely useful as well. I read it cover to cover the day it arrived (just last week) -- and I can't say that about ANY other cookbook! It is written (and translated) in a graceful and witty style, and is as enjoyable for the historical and cultural perspective it offers as it is for its culinary instruction and gastronomic joie de vivre. I have prepared two of Docteur de Pomiane's suggested menus and have greatly enjoyed both of them. I can see that with a bit of practice, I will indeed be able to turn out a 5-course lunch for two in about 15 minutes (not counting the time it takes to boil the water, of course).
With this book and a little (fun) practice, you can impress your friends, astound your dates, and enhance your own quality of life. So what are you waiting for?
61 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This little book is a must-have in your kitchen. I love it. 3 Aug 2000
By George D. Girton - Published on Amazon.com
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I love it first of all for its attitude. Here's how it begins:
"First of all, let me tell you that this is a beautiful book. I can say that because this is its first page. I just sat down to write it, and I feel happy, the way I feel whenever I start a new project."
"My pen is full of ink, and there's a stack of paper in front of me. I love this book because I'm writing it for you. It's nice to imagine that I'll be able to let my pen go and you'll understand everything it writes down..."
Actually I better not say any more, I don't want to spoil your happy experience of reading it yourself. Let me just say that I have made many of the recipes from the book, they were delicious, and that before reading it I never attempted to make a sauce, not even one, but that now I am no longer one bit intimidated by sauces.
But more than the recipes, I have absorbed the attitude and orientation. After reading this book I have on more than one occasion concocted a bona fide complete scrumptious meal out of a little bit of this and that lying around the kitchen.
Thank you, thank you, Dr. de Pomiane.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Favourite 28 Oct 2001
By D. Riches - Published on Amazon.com
I have owned this book since 1974 - in fact I taught myself to cook from it. It's so much more encouraging than most cookbooks - no fancy equipment needed, no expensive ingredients, but lots of encouragement and enthusiasm. Should be on everyone's shelf.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming cookbook, destined to be a favorite 7 Mar 2001
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This little book is well on its way to being one of my favorites. I bought it because I saw some of the recipes in the March 2001 issue of Gourmet, and it's even better than they said!
Witty writing, practical advice, and an airy style make this a cookbook that you'll want to read from cover to cover. And once you start making the recipes, you'll be even more pleased with it. Okay, maybe some take a little more than 10 minutes, especially the first time around. But once they become favorites (like Chicken Marengo is for me), 10 minutes is really an accurate estimate! And the recipes are so intuitive, that they will become part of your repertoire almost immediately, because you'll want to make them again and again, and soon you won't need to look at the book to make them.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best little cookbooks ever 16 Dec 1999
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This little book is so beautiful that I have given away several copies as presents. None of the recipes is terribly fancy--breaded veal on green peas, onion soup, french fries, chestnut puree with whipped cream--but they are simple to make and delicious; the kind of dishes you find yourself using on a weekly basis. There's a extensive section on sauces--white sauce, Normandy, curry, brown sauce, mornay, etc.--which is a very helpful resource and the author offers lots of good advice on how to improve efficiency in the kitchen. Most of all, the cheerful writing makes it a pleasure to spend an evening reading this little book.
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