Friday, April 27, 2012

Around My French Table by Dorrie Greenspan — 530 pgs

This elegant and beautiful cookbook takes its readers on a delicious romp through French cuisine with none other than the notable and eminent chef Dorrie Greenspan. Not only a cookbook, this book describes Dorrie’s years living in France in conversational paragraphs and asides cleverly situated between the recipes. Packed among her fabulous offerings are helpful tips on cooking terms, ingredients and substitutions. What I love most about this book is that it’s almost a coffee table book. Its gorgeous photographs and heavy binding make it something that stands out among the cookbooks on the rack and it really begs to be placed on a center table for cooks and guests alike to peruse through and enjoy.

The book includes sections on hors d’oeuvres, soups and salads, all types of meat and fish dishes, and of course desserts. The recipes vary in style from old favorites like cheese topped French onion soup to the more fanciful and exotic offerings like pissaladiere—which is sort of a caramelized onion and anchovy pizza with fresh olives that Greenspan tells us is sold on virtually every French street corner. From the moment this book entered my home, it’s been a delight and revelation to look at, and Greenspan’s convivial and conversational asides on each of her recipes made me feel like not only was I learning about French cooking, but I was learning a lot about Greenspan herself.

This book has garnered a lot of attention from guests and even found its way into the totebag of my friend Sarah, who promises a fine French meal in the days to come. I shall keep you posted. But meanwhile, get your hands on a copy of this one to indulge your eyes in some of the finest photography of French cuisine that you will possibly ever see, and read a bit for yourselves about Dorrie Greenspan’s adventures in France. Bon app├ętit and happy reading!


This book was provided as a complimentary review copy.

22 comments:

Wall-to-wall books said...

Oooooo yummy!
I hate to cook, but I love cookbooks and I love to eat!
Even though I am eating healthy these days to loose weight. I can usually find some recipes that fit my eating.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

That's always a good thing, when a cooking friend gets custody of a good cookbook! :--)

Amy said...

This is such a beautiful cookbook. It also sounds like one that would be wonderful to sit down with and read cover to cover. I'm sure the recipes are delicious too!

I cannot wait to hear what dish your friend cooks!

Kathy said...

Between libraries, kindle and ARCs I don't buy many books anymore but I have a terrible weakness for cookbooks. I am off to get this one, great review!

Jenny said...

I don't think I've had much french cuisine, but I have been getting more into cooking lately!

Suko said...

This looks like a masterpiece of a book! I'd love to read this beautiful cookbook (I'm getting hungry from that wonderful cover!).

Steph said...

I borrowed this one from the library a while back when I was looking to spice up my cooking repertoire... I don't think I made anything from it though, although I drooled a lot while flipping through it. You're right about the beautiful photos. I do hope Sarah follows through and cooks you a French feast!

Sandy Nawrot said...

These days, I am all about getting cookbooks from the library. Otherwise I would not see my kitchen counter. I LOVE French food. OMG. I am hungry. Chicken skewers did not satisfy me!

Jenners said...

This is so not my kind of book. But I would love if someone in my life got it and made the recipes!

bermudaonion said...

We're not huge fans of French cuisine around here but I think I would enjoy the photos and the conversational paragraphs.

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Sarah said...

So excited to be mentioned, and with so much faith - hope I can earn it! :) I'm currently struggling with a virus, but as soon as I get rid of it, prepare to be invited to dinner!

geosi said...

Thanks for your recommendation.

Marg said...

Just the cover looks gorgeous! Will definitely be looking out for this book!

Aarti said...

Oh, I am SO JEALOUS! I actually just made my first Dorie Greenspan recipe recently - her corniest corn muffins. They were delicious. Since then, I've realized that people who bake really love Dorie. I'm more a cook than a baker myself, so I didn't really notice, but I love cookbooks generally, and I think she is someone I'd really enjoy. Glad you got a hold of this book!

Marie said...

I want this book so much! I have Dorie's baking book and it's amazing, really my go-to book for everyday baking, and this looks like it would be the same for dinner-style cooking. Plus it's beautiful! Yum!!! :-)

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

Oooooh. Oh I need this! How could I not? Thanks for this review!

Darlene said...

This cookbook sounds amazing and that cover alone is enough to have me drooling.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

this sounds delicious!!

Beth F said...

Oh wow. This sounds like a must have! Yummmm. I love books with amazing photos. I am familiar with some of her baking recipes so I can't wait to see what's in this book.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This sounds heavening. Nothing I've ever made looks like this when I'm through sadly:(

Meg @ write meg! said...

The fine photography alone would be enough to hook me, but coupled with French cuisine? Definitely must take a peek at this one! My boyfriend and I have gotten very into French cooking after watching (probably too much) Jacques Pepin's TV shows. And Julia Child's, of course.

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