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I must confess Dorie Greenspan is a name new to me. I bought this after seeing enthusiastic references to it on Eat-your-Books. In the past I have been disappointed with many books in this genre; Patricia Wells particularly, and on reading the cringeworthy list of acknowledgements, worthy of Gwynneth Paltrow at her most tearful, was ready to mark it down. On dipping into the book however, I was very impressed; over 300 good do-able recipes, ingredients that are obtainable this side of the pond with a few easy substitutions, cup measurements certainly, but usually for sensible quantities - only one for cup plus tablespoon of flour, a pet hate. A good addition to the groaning shelves!
Wonderful cook book! While some of the recipes take a lot of time, the ingredients are, for the most part, simple. The instructions are, too! I'm not a great fan of fussy French cooking, so this is on track to become one of my favourite cookbooks. It's down-to-earth in its approach, and the recipes I've made (and tasted) are absolutely amazing. They're so good, I'm thinking of cooking them for myself alone!
I love Dorie Greenspan's book "Baking from my home to yours" and have already tried many recipes. All gave perfect results. So I was looking forward to her new book "Around my french table". And when I first opened it, I saw that she starts with one of my favorite recipes: Gougeres. These small cheese balls are the perfect accompanyment to a good glass of wine. And so easy to make! If you were of the opinion, that French Cuisine is complicated, this book will show you that this prejudice is not true. The recipes in this book are easy to make and you will find the ingredients in most American and European markets and supermarkets. Although my native language is German, I had no problems reading and understanding the recipes. And I like it, that the author mixes in some French words here and there.
The best cooking book I have ever bought. It is worth every single penny of it price. The recipes are so simple but very delicious, and very light. However, it does require some cooking technique for a fair amount of the recipes. It is worth spending time to read thru Dorie's page(s) long description of the cooking technique required to get the perfect result.
This book has fast become my go-to when we have visitors, and it never disappoints. Every single recipe I have tried has been a magnificent success. They are all easy to follow and with perfect order and timing, even for the most complicated dishes and pastries. I am decided to try every recipe, because every dish we haven't tried is our loss, I am certain of it!
One of the best cooking books I own! Every single thing I tried came out really well. The recipes are clear and concise and the anecdotes that accompany them are delightful. There were a lot of helpful suggestions and variations of the recipes.
another bonus is that the dishes are not soaked in butter and can be a part of a healthy diet. The ingredients for recipes are usually something that most cooks have in their pantry/fridge and/or easily accessible in North American stores.
Will be buying this book as a gift for my cooking friends.
This is a required textbook for a course I am taking. The instructions are clear and the recipes are authentic so the results are great! I love how the author describes where the recipe comes from and how each recipe is used so that it becomes a cultural experience. I like the suggestive alternatives for each recipe as well. I only wish there were pictures for every recipe...I really don't like not knowing what it's supposed to look like until I'm finished making it.
Un libro muy ameno, no solo te enseña como preparar las recetas sino que te ofrece pequeños trucos e ideas muy útiles, además de explicaciones sobre la historia de los platos o los ingredientes. Echo de menos alguna fotografía más del resultado final, pero las recetas están explicadas de forma muy clara por lo que es fácil obtener un buen resultado en tu cocina.