- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; UK ed. edition (18 May 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714531405
- ISBN-13: 978-0714531403
- Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 1.7 x 16.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chocolate & Zucchini Paperback – 18 May 2007
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'It is real escapist, drool-on-your-keyboard stuff as Dusoulier
drifts around Paris on a waft of sugar-scented air...' -- The Guardian
'Part recipe box, part blissful musings on life, this blog will
transport you instantly to France' -- Marie Claire
Readers of Dusoulier's ebullient blog won't be disappointed by
this wonderful melange of new creations and old favorites' -- Publishers Weekly
"Chocolate & Zucchini" is a blog written by Clotilde Dusoulier, a 27-year-old Parisian woman who lives in Montmartre and shares her passion for all things food-related here - thoughts, recipes, musings, cookbook acquisitions, quirky products, nifty tools, restaurant experiences, ideas and inspirations. The blog was created in September 2003, as an outlet for someone who feared her friends might tire of having their ears bent about what she had cooked/eaten/bought/baked, although they didn't seem to have a problem with being fed dinner. The book is a collection of seventy new recipes (which do not feature on her blog), accompanied by her own idiosyncratic commentary on cooking in France, the USA and the UK.
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The friendly and decidedly easy-going tone of the writing is heartening. There are anecdotes, experiences and reminiscences that flow beautifully alongside recipes. It is though you have a welcome friend chatting as you leisurely decide whether you will be having the chilled soup or Comté cheese soufflés. This also gives a great charm to the book's style which is unhurried and full of the pleasures of life. It makes the recipes easily understood and, I think, would definitely give confidence to a novice cook to experiment and learn new things. I particularly have to praise the recipe section on savoury tarts. Not only did this bring me to thoroughly enjoy home-made quiche (something I thought was impossible) but is based on what is the best savoury short pastry recipe I've ever come across for home cooking. It bakes like a dream and the days of soggy, unappetising, pastry seem to be banished. Thank you, Mme Dusoulier!
At times American English versions of some words do crop up in recipes. It really is a very minor point but if you're not used to seeing bell peppers (instead of sweet peppers) or the slight difference in the spelling of 'chile' then it can cause a momentary double take. It doesn't effect the the clarity of the recipes though if you're not acquainted with U.S English.
I hope that Clotilde Dusoulier will be able to publish a follow-up book at some point. With all the lovely recipes that she has come up with and shared it would be a shame not to have another, equally useful and attractive, bound edition to read and to cook from.
Unfortunately, my copy of the book now has some loose pages because it hasn't withstood being opened out on the kitchen table whilst I'm following a recipe - it would benefit from a more robust binding, but don't let that put you off!
Each one with a story and most of them with some wine recommendation - and of course - with mouth-watering and yummy pictures which make you "Aaaah" and "Ooooh" troughout the whole book while reading.
I especially loved the part about Clothilde herself where she tells us about her creativity and curiosity, some shopping tips for Parisians and -of course- her cooking philosophy.
The book now - after reading it a second time - is scattered with little yellow bookmarklets for all those recipes I marked for "want to give it a try".
Such as "Lemon Butter Cookies", "Chocolate Caramel Tarte", "Nectarine, Peach and Ginger Tarte", "Chocolate Raspberry Cake", "Chocolate & Zucchini Cake" (of course), "Chicken Cashew Quiche", "Bulgur-stuffed round Zucchini", "Mustard Chicken Stew", "Cumin Cheese Puffs", "Tuna and Green Apple Mousse", "Chestnut and Mushroom Soup", "Onion and Cumin Quiche", "Mushroom and Chantal Cheese Tartine"... to name a few...
I am looking forward to give the one or the other a try!
If you like Clothilde's blog you'll certainly likeher book!
one of my other favourite songs is the one by 'the smiths' that goes 'take me out tonight, oooh anywhere, i don't care, i don't care, i don't caaa-aare'... but after buying this cookbook i don't agree with the sentiment at ALL! (well only sometimes.)Most often i think 'let me stay in tonight, i'll cook anything, anything, anything from this booo-ooook'.
My favourite recipe is the one for madeleines au Roquefort, Poire et Noix. I give the recipe title in French because it is like that in the book, which is quite nice i guess. i'd much rather make these than pear blue cheese and nut, wouldn't you? I'm being facetious but, it's part of the book's charm because, as every good cookbook should, this sells and promotes a charming, healthy, sophisicated, witty, stylishly simple way of life that i don't just want to buy into... i want to bite into it too!!!
Buy this for someone and make their jour.
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