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French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals & Gatherings Hardcover – Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori, & Chang (Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584797940
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584797944
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 5.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,311,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stéphane Reynaud is the chef and owner of renowned Villa 9 Trois in Montreuil, near Paris. He comes from a family of pig farmers and
butchers in the Ardèche plateau in France and now lives in Paris with
his wife and three children.

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About the Author

Stéphane Reynaud is the owner of Villa 9 Trois in Montreuil, near Paris, a highly regarded restaurant specializing in pork. The grandson of a village butcher on the Ardèche plateau in France, Reynaud is the author of Pork & Sons and Terrine.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Davy on 21 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is as good a cook book as any i have come across in years. Recipes that do not have endless ingredients lists and inspire you to go shopping for your produce. Very authentic and very refreshing and it comes with an interesting textured cover! Awesome!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Colin J. Herd on 13 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
Does anybody know if this is the same book as 'Ripailles'? Ripailles means Feasts in French so I am guessing it probably is the same just with a newly translated title???

If that is the case, then it deserves 5 stars because it is a great fat book full of glorious rustic, authentic French food.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Webster on 14 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought a book by same author which looks just the same but is much cheaper
I would buy that.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
wonderful simple french food 7 Feb 2010
By G. Spiteri - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Couldnt find this in stock at Amazon UK at the time so ordered it from the US. Can live with the American measurements considering that this is a great cookbook. The illustrations are excellent, covers a lot more than I expected with simple uncomplicated recipes (although some ingredients might be tough to source) and delicious results every time. Excellent addition to my library!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great recipes, awesome photography, laugh-out-loud humor 22 Jan 2014
By Esther Schindler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dammit, I don't NEED another French cookbook. But I cannot resist this one.

I was poking around at my public library website (looking up recipes for foie gras, because it was a dandy way to procrastinate my day job) and thought this sounded like a fun cookbook to read. I'm perfectly happy to look through a cookbook for entertainment value and then return it to the library, and I was all set to give this review a title like, "What a fun cookbook! But you don't need to own it."

Stéphane Reynaud convinced me otherwise.

I own several French cookbooks, from the Julia Child original to The Bonne Femme Cookbook, and you'd think that would be enough for any avid home cook. And at some level, it is: How many recipes for coq au vin or beef Bourguignon do I need? Plus, as much fun as it is to indulge in the food porn of 8 recipes for foie gras (such as "pan fried foie gras with prunes" or "whole foie gras poached with baby vegetables"), I'm perfectly aware that I'm only LOOKING at the recipes. Even if the diagram showing the differences between goose and duck foie gras taught me a bunch of neat stuff I didn't know.

Sure, it's worth grabbing this just as a _reading_ cookbook. Most of the 299 recipes are accompanied by beautiful, inspiring photos, whether they're simple dishes (poached eggs in red wine sauce), old-fashioned country cooking (beef tongue in madeira sauce), or elaborate all-day-Sunday putter-in-the-kitchen dishes (cassoulet with duck confit). Chapters are devoted to Charcuterie; innards (a whole chapter! because not everyone is afraid of tripe); eggs; vegetables; meat; poultry; game; fish; cheese; sweets.

Even better, the recipes and text are REALLY funny; you absolutely feel as though Reynaud is sitting next to you. A recipe for "Monique's piperade," for instance, calls for red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, tomatoes, shallots, garlic, olive oil... and a CD of a Basque Country fandango. Step #1 is "Turn on the CD player and put on the disc" before you roast the peppers, etc. A note at the end adds, "The fandango is uniquely suited for the preparation of piperade; under no circumstances should it be used for making desserts (especially pies). In effect, dancing and preparing dessert at the same time can lead to domestic accidents: tables on fire, dropped glasses... Isn't that right, Monique?" (And the funny bits are NEVER a distraction from the recipes, which I really appreciate.)

But then I started realizing JUST HOW GOOD these recipes are, and recognizing that I don't have anything else like them. Last night I made a super-simple roast chicken, using Boursin-type cheese (the little packages you find at the grocery), a bunch of tarragon, and 3 cloves of garlic. You mash all up the last three items with the chopped heart-and-liver, stuff it in the chicken's cavity, and chuck it in a 400 degree oven for an hour. YUM.

There's a whole lot more that I'm yearning to make: porcini mushroom tart (with walnuts and smoked duck); pork loin with Dijon mustard; a pike terrine.

Well, so much for the library book. I've gotta own this one. I bet you do, too.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Highly Recommended 9 Mar 2010
By Matt Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoyed Stephane Raynauds other book 'Pork and Sons' so much that I bought this one.. This book is just as good if not better, because the focus is on all things french, from the food to the sports, and the drinks. The drawings add some laughs, and also some great information, as different name for cigars or wine bottles. The recipes go anywhere from a simple salad to bacon wrapped cheese to multi-step desserts. Highly recommended for the home cook as well as seasoned chef.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely beautiful book that will delight any French foodie! 29 May 2010
By Robbie R - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very pleasantly surprised at the size and breadth of this book! It was so much more than I expected. Not only are the recipes wonderfully authentic, but the foods are well paired with suggested wine selections. There are beautiful pictures of each dish, along with much information on various ingredients, techniques, a little history, etc. Very creatively compiled, in an unfussy, approachable way, with a great padded cover, witty yet refined artwork and attached ribbon bookmark. An extra treat was the section on aperitifs, including the proper way to make a pastis (a personal favorite). Probably the only two books, of French cuisine, one will ever need in the kitchen are this marvelous book and Julia Child's. Makes a gorgeous and practical gift to family and friends!
Bon appétit!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Most beautiful cookbook out there! 6 Jan 2010
By bohemian_manifesto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I can't think of another cookbook more beautiful. Excellent pictures and stories. Makes an excellent coffee table book as well. I haven't put it down since the minute it arrived. I also high recommend his other book, Pork and Sons.
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