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Publication Date: 1 May 2003 | Series: Little Taste of
"The Little Taste of series encapsulates the flavours of the world's most exciting cuisines and explores the colourful settings in which food is sourced, cooked and enjoyed. Exceptional food with beautiful photographs. "
Anyone who has been to France knows how good the food is. From the most expensive restaurants to roadside cafes, it is obvious that the French are passionate about their food. This is a gastronomic tour of this food-obsessed country from the bistros, patisseries, markets, farmhouse inns and restaurants, lavishly photographed and enticingly written. The slices of savoury pissaadiere and sweet apple tart, the paper-thin tuiles and creamy bavarois, the world famous coq au vin and boeuf en croute - all oozing off the sumptuous pages of this attractive little book. The recipes for all the above and many more are clearly explained allowing you to bring "A Little Taste of France" into your own home. Your fingers will be itching to ring the ferry company so you can go and discover for yourself the culinary wonders of this neighbouring country. From the mountains in the East to the sun-drenched hills of the South, the harsh coastline of the North to the tiny fishing hamlets along the Atlantic coast, all are explored and beautifully photographed. A great little cookbook and a great little travel guide, this a two-in-one, inspirational book for all Francophiles. - Lucy Watson
.....this is a BIG book, bursting with 256 pages just waiting to be read and put to good use in the kitchen!
In paperback format, with cover extension flaps, this colourful little book opens to 256 high quality shiny pages, split over main chapters:
1. bistro 2. farmhouse inn 3. restaurant 4. the market 5. pâtisserie
sandwiched between an introduction, entitled:
'a little taste' & a 'basics' section, along with a glossary & a full index.
From the back extension:
'.....This wonderful collection of authentic French recipes has been written by specialists who have kept in mind the home cook and have presented the recipes in a way that will make anyone confident enough to make them.......'
Inside is found typical old favourites such as 'Croque Monsieur', 'Coq au Vin', and 'Tarte Tatin' mingling with perhaps the less familiar but equally appropriate 'Tarte Flambée', 'Boeuf à la Ficelle' and 'Paris-brest'.
Interspersed with 2-page 'special features', e.g.:
each giving a glimpse of French daily life, and an even balance of full colour photography of the dishes (including some mini step-by-step ones) and rustic shots, this charming little book doesn't fall short of the mark.
Each chapter opens with a short introduction, followed by the recipes. Each recipe is clearly laid out with the list of ingredients, the number of servings, and an easy-to-follow, numbered method and the title at the bottom of the page.
A small taste of the other recipes included within:
* Leek and Potato Soup * Quiche Lorraine * Salade Niçoise * Garlic Prawns * Provençal Tart * Omelette aux Fines Herbes * Moules Marinière * Rabbit Fricassée * Roast Lamb with Spring Vegetables * Cassoulet * Cherry Clafoutis * French Onion Soup * Oysters Mornay * Duck à l'orange * Boeuf Bourguignon * Steak au Poivre * Boeuf en Croûte * Sole Meunière * Chocolate Soufflés * Tuiles * Ratatouille * Gratin Daupinois * Vegetable Tian * Vegetable Terrine with Herb Sauce * Vichy Carrots * Tarte au Citron * Madeleines * Mayonnaise * Choux Pastry
My favourite recipes, to date, are 'Beef Carbonnade', from pages 76/77, and 'Navarin à la Printanière', from pages 84/85, both of which make great use of my most favourite dish.
And....to finish....this is a very hard choice.......one of the following creamy puds:
This, like the other book in this series that I own, is a simply fabulous cookbook. It has everything that the learning chef wants: straight forward recipes with clear instructions, great photography which makes you salivate while choosing want to make, and great results. I've made so many dishes from this book, and never been disappointed. There are main meals, salads, fish dishes, pastries and desserts. A really great value book.
Beautiful book, full of lovely illustrations and with a lot of easy to use/read recipes. Also has some fascinating little write-ups on the French and their way with food/their lifestyle - so partly travel book! An absolute gem of a book - will now look out for the other titles in this range of 'Little Books'.
I received this as a gift for my birthday after asking for a french recipebook. For me, I'm not just interested in food for the sake of it being food, but am also interested in the big role it plays in culture. This book offers easy to follow, tasty recipes, alongside insights into French food culture! It's great and has tantalising photos as well.