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Even better than her first book
on 3 April 2011
Harry does it again, and then some. This book appealed to me on a few levels - I love the traditional French ethos of eating (sitting down, taking your time over food, simplicity and balance of flavours and amounts) - love French food - and was looking for some lighter recipes which were delicious, but also healthy enough to make every day.
It delivers on all of those counts. I've recently become vegetarian again (or rather pescatarian, as I eat fish and shellfish) and I was finding my beloved Nigella Kitchen didn't give me too many options that appealed. So far I've made Harry's salad verte, croque monsieur (sans ham for me), skate (then used the sauce vierge that went with it on grilled haloumi the next night) and the endive, walnut and apple salad with Roquefort. They've all been terrific - easy and quick to make, and delicious. She's got plenty of fish and vegetarian recipies (or ones that could be easily adapted to be) alongside loads for meat eaters.
From her intro ("How are the French so skinny when they eat croissants every day? Answer: They don't") to her recipe ideas and instructions to her all-round approach, I find Harry really common-sense and practical. This book makes me feel like I'm eating well, and living well. I really like her Chocolate Heartache book too, but this to me is a step up. It's everyday cooking, rather than just the sweet treats, and everything I've made, I've loved (whereas in Heartache, anything using carrot, sweet potato or courgette are winners, but anything using eggplant or beetroot have a distinct 'earthy' taste to me). I think this is great - and really want to make that apple tart.