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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent family cookbook, 10 Oct 2011
This review is from: French Brasserie Cookbook: the Heart of French Home Cooking (Hardcover)
I have, like the other reviewers hundreds of cookbooks, yet only a few I actually cook from. This is so good, it now lives permanently in my kitchen.
I used to love cooking but since having children I have found it increasingly difficult to get the children to eat anything other than pizza and pasta. I struggle to eat healthily as I always end up eating the rubbish they like, as after a long day at work, I can't face cooking lots of different dishes.
I had totally lost my "cooking mojo" until I saw Daniel cooking the yummiest looking fish dish (Sea Bream in sauce vierge) on the "Saturday Kitchen", and liked his easy manner and helpful hints along the way. His cookbook writes the same way, just like he's in the kitchen with you.."boil the eggs with a few drops of vinegar as this will make them easier to shell later" and so on.
Really helpful, and also suggestions as to what would go with it in the way of veggies. There are great photos which really inspire you, yet the instructions are very easy, and always work. No last minute freak outs just as friends are to arrive for dinner.
I've made so many dishes from this book now, and there are 3 things for me that make this such a great book.
1) I can make dishes like Steak with herb and lemon butter, or pork steaks with mustard sauce, and simply leave the children's plain and unadorned. (If I'm feeling brave I may put some sauce in a little ramekin dish on the side of their plate for them to nervously try, like I'm feeding them some toxic substance)
2) I can make practically all the dishes just with huge mounds of steamed veg on the side for me (low carb), and full fat mashed potatoes for them, and
3) they are classic french dishes, only tweaked slightly so not swimming in butter, delicious yet not ridiculously calorific, so no more lardy mummy!

I am truly very grateful for this book, I feel better about cooking again, my 'kiddie' food depression has lifted. Thank you Daniel, very much indeed.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2012 14:44:57 BDT
EFP says:
I loved your comments about losing your cooking mojo post-children. I just thought I'd reassure you that it does get better - my 12-year old, who was once the fussiest eater alive, is now willing to try most things. I'm still struggling with the 10-year old but have taken heart.
Oh, and thanks for the review. I might just buy the book!

Posted on 4 Nov 2013 19:01:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 4 Nov 2013 19:06:36 GMT
Henrietta says:
I'm sick and tired of hearing that children will only eat pizza or burgers etc. With a few exceptions for genuine dislikes children eat what they are trained to eat and enjoy what they are trained to enjoy. At 3 years old my children sat up to the table and ate properly, with a knife and fork, what was put in front of them. At 5 years old, my daughter quite truthfully announced to her surprised Reception class teacher that her favourite foods were beans on toast and roast pheasant! The only thing she didn't like were Brussels sprouts but she always dutifully ate the one sprout that was put on her plate. Now, grown up, she eats them with relish and claims them as her favourite veg. Without experiencing that one sprout she might have missed out on an adult pleasure. (Mind you, in our house they were always cooked properly and not boiled to mush!)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2013 10:37:46 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2013 10:44:01 GMT
EFP says:
I agree with your basic premise that children eat what they are trained to eat and, of course, the adults are in charge of this. However, it is evident that you have no experience of a child with autism or other conditions that cause sensory problems, in which case this assertion is no longer valid. I know this is getting off the point of reviewing a cookbook but felt I had to respond to this - just bear in mind in future that not all parents of fussy eaters have only themselves to blame and there are other reasons for it.
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