Tuesday, August 12, 2014

My Paris Kitchen cookbook review

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

This picturesque book is my kind of cookbook! Full of lovely photographs and stories, it is definitely the coffee-table style. I love those kinds of books! I was especially intrigued by this title since I am French-Canadian and I was eager to see the impression the author got of my half-culture. (although French-Canadians differ from the French, there are similarities, especially in the realm of la cuisson!
The author of this book is from America. He moved to Paris and has been there for ten years. In my opinion, he represents French cooking perfectly in this book! I appreciated how he was open to criticizing their flaws as well as praising their culinary expertise. All in all, this book is the best of French cooking with a global flair! My kind of cooking. Take what you love from every culture and turn it into the best meals ever!
The warm-toned photographs alone are enough to make you want to read this book. 
The recipes are exciting! The stories are distractingly interesting.
I don't agree with all the author's views. In fact, I suspect I am very opposed to certain aspects of his lifestyle. But my review is about this cookbook, and I like it. I think the recipes are winners! I will agree with many of the other reviews I have read that this is not your easy 1-2-3 cookbook. Not a cookbook for beginners, or the easily overwhelmed. 
This is the kind of cookbook that inspires your entire meal menu just from reading the story preceding the recipe!

A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks—most notably in Paris—incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes. 
     In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You’ll find Soupe à l’oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce, and Wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables, and pomegranate. And of course, there’s dessert: Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, Duck fat cookies, Bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake...and the list goes on. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review!