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Cooking with a French soul

  • Dec 6, 2010
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Enthusiastic Francophile and James Beard Award Winner Greenspan shares some of her favorite recipes for French home cooking for the American cook, in this oversized, lavishly illustrated book.

That means some French recipes are tweaked with American ideas or recast with American ingredients, such as the Lyonnaise Garlic and Herb Cheese made with Ricotta instead of fromage blanc. But mostly these are recipes "with a French soul" that can easily be prepared anywhere.

Provencal Olive Fougasse. Café- style Grated Carrot Salad. Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes. Short Ribs in Red Wine and Port. Tuna Confit with Black Olive Tapenade and Tomato Salsa. Go-with-Everything Celery Root Puree, Twenty-Minute Honey-Glazed Duck Breasts, Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin, Tourteau de Chevre (a sort-of cheesecake).

Some dishes are quick, others more leisurely and labor-intensive, all are clear and easy to follow. Each recipe is prefaced with a little personal background and comes with serving suggestions, leftover or do-ahead tips, and variations.

It's not necessary to be familiar with French cooking to plunge right into this book, which offers dishes suitable for family weeknights and company entertainment.

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My beautiful copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table arrived and after looking it over and marking out the recipes I just had to try, I began reading from cover to cover. This is an exquisite book in many ways. First, it’s a lovely hardcover volume, oversized with good quality heavy paper and enough photographs to get the creative juices flowing.      The volume contains more than 300 recipes gleaned from Ms. Greenspan’s own library, from French friends …
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Fall into Cooking Featured Recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good

I've got a slideshow of random snapshots that runs as a screensaver on my computer, and every time the picture of pumpkins for sale at Scott’s Farm Stand in Essex, Connecticut, comes up, I smile. In the picture, it’s a sunny day and the pumpkins, scattered higgledy-piggledy across a big field, look like so many roly-poly playthings. Some people might squint and imagine the jack-o-lanterns that many of these pumpkins are destined to become. Me? I see them sitting in the middle of my dining table, their skins burnished from the heat of the oven and their tops mounded with bubbly cheese and cream. Ever since Catherine, a friend of mine in Lyon, France, told me about how she and her family stuff pumpkins with bread and cheese and bacon and garlic and herbs and cream, I can’t look at a pumpkin on either side of the Atlantic without thinking, "Dinner!"

Of course, pumpkins are a New World vegetable, but I’m seeing them more and more in the Paris markets, which means I’m making this dish more and more wherever I am. It’s less a recipe than an arts and crafts project; less a formula than a template to play with and make your own.

Basically—and it’s really very basic— you hollow out a small pumpkin, just as you would for a jack-o-lantern, salt and pepper the inside, and then start filling it up. My standard ...

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ISBN-10: 0618875530
ISBN-13: 978-0618875535
Author: Dorie Greenspan
Genre: Cooking, Food & Wine
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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