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Hidden in Paris -- The Cookbook [Kindle Edition]

Corine Gantz
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Here is what readers of the Hidden in Cookbook have to say:

"Just plain adorable... I enjoyed the photos of Paris and the food. I ordered her novel based on this cookbook and look forward to reading that." Lone Wolf, Amazon Reviewer.

"Gorgeous and Yummy! ...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." Grandma, Amazon Reviewer.

"Lovely! 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." Lucy Ditty, Amazon Reviewer

By the author of Hidden in Paris, a playful cookbook filled with step-by-step recipes of the kinds of meals French people really prepare and eat at home.

Originally created for the readers of the novel Hidden in Paris, this cookbook features twenty delicious dishes described in the novel, mouth-watering photography of food (and of Paris!) excerpts from the novel, and funny stories.

The recipes in the cookbook are mostly traditional French comfort food, easy to prepare and easy to love. The cookbook is intended as an ideal download before a trip to France, especially for those whose idea of the French experience includes shopping at markets and preparing local dishes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3558 KB
  • Print Length: 101 pages
  • Publisher: Carpenter Hill Publishing (10 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ROQFZG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #185,927 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet 9 Nov 2013
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Simple to follow, tasty recipes in the context of the novel in which they first appeared. Some evocative photos of Paris, and mouthwatering pics of each dish, this is an unusual idea. For me, it works well. I've tried and enjoyed a couple of recipes and I'm tempted to read the book. So win win! A great little taster cookbook.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing out of the norm 18 April 2012
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I found this a short cookbook with only a few recipes that aren't run of the mill every day French food, yes I know this is what the book is about but really croque monsieur, coq au vin, chocolate mousse, I was expecting something different from the norm.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a cookbook with stories 5 Nov 2013
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As a prolific reader and keen cook I thoroughly enjoyed this book.......made me want to buy the source novel. Delicious !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple French home cooking achievable for all 11 Nov 2012
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I actually read this before the novel Hidden in Paris and it was also my first eCookbook. All the dishes in the cookbook appear somewhere in the novel, and what I particularly liked were the little snippets of the novel in the cookbook. None of the recipes are difficult; from the humble croque-monsieur to the famous coq-au-vin to a scrumptious mousse au chocolat, they are simple French home cooking recipes, with photos too. I can really recommend getting the cookbook and the novel together.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and Yummy! 14 April 2012
By Grandma - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely 13 April 2012
By Lucy Ditty - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pictures are better than the recipes 20 May 2012
By MaryAnn H. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bon appétit à tous! 23 Dec 2012
By J. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
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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."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food & Laughter 30 April 2012
By P. F. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know when I've enjoyed a cookbook more. Corinne has a delightful, entertaining, droll way of telling the stories around the food as well as the recipes themselves! I was reading the cookbook part of the time while standing on the street waiting for a bus, literally laughing out loud and baffling the people around me. Then I read more while being driven somewhere, and found myself reading it aloud to the driver, laughing. Then pulling it out to show to our hostess at dinner, who kept chuckling under her breath as she read the Chocolate Mousse recipe. (My favorite line is the first ingredient: "3 eggs of irreproachable freshness and lineage.")

I've spent quite a bit of time immersed in French culture as well as being a bit of a foodie. One of my criteria for recipes I will use over and over is that they are simple enough to memorize, and tasty enough to wow the crowd. These qualify on all counts. Most of these had few ingredients, assembled in a straightforward fashion. Those that had a longer string of ingredients were flexible and forgiving about substitutions. Corinne explained carefully the differences between making the recipe in France and making them in America with appropriate substitutions.

My own mother is Cajun, and I found several of the recipes astonishingly familiar to those I've grown up making. I must confess I skimmed those -- the ingredients alone told me how to make them. Surprisingly, while it isn't mentioned at all, most of the recipes are gluten-free. Those that aren't can, for the most part, be fairly easily adapted. I can't wait to try the Moulleux au Chocolat, a flourless chocolate cake made with 7 ingredients.

After reading the cookbook, and waving it under the noses of everyone who came near me for a day, I came back to Amazon to find out if I could buy a print copy. Sadly, not yet. I would, though. This is one I would use until I memorized all the recipes, and I'd kind of like to have it in print. Perhaps she'll expand it a tad? An appendix of French recipes she enjoys that are not from the novel? I will gladly admit that reading the cookbook has inspired me to purchase the original novel, which I had not read beforehand.
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