French recipes

White Chocolate and Raspberry Macarons

White Chocolate and Raspberry Macarons

White Chocolate and Raspberry Macarons, Macarons: 65 recipes for chic and delicious treats by Annie Rigg and Loretta Liu. Photographs © Ryland, Peters & Small.

Macarons: 65 recipes for chic and delicious treats by Annie Rigg and Loretta LiuStylish, picture-perfect and delicious, macarons are the ultimate in pretty sweet treats.

Adaptable to any colour scheme or flavouring, these delicate little fancies make the perfect gift or centrepiece for a smart afternoon tea. This gorgeous book gives you step-by-step instructions on how to master the basic macaron recipe so that you always get a crisp exterior, chewy cookie, and flavoursome filling.

Flavours to enjoy include salted caramel, pistachio, lemon, cappuccino, cherry and chocolate, malted milk chocolate, and raspberry and passion fruit.

Once mastered, you can try your hand at the beautifully decorated macarons, from pandas to flowers, caterpillars to Chinese lanterns, bumblebees to tennis balls, these stunning and playful designs will delight and thrill at any occasion.

Macarons: 65 recipes for chic and delicious treats is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Lemon Curd Cream Crepe Cake

Lemon Curd Cream Crepe Cake

Lemon Curd Cream Crepe Cake c/o of Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull. Photography by Emily Weaving.

Beatrix BakesFor Natalie Paull, baking is a gift. It’s also a powerful elixir of pleasure, connection, generosity and joy. In Beatrix Bakes, Natalie indulges in baking’s sweetest moments with more than seventy recipes inspiring bakers of all kinds to mix and match to make recipes their own—whether it’s a lemon curd cream crepe cake or pecan maple cinnamon scrolls.

Sparkling with Natalie’s distinct voice, and packaged with full-colour photography, illustrations and rock-solid tips for a perfect bake, Beatrix Bakes also includes ‘Adaptrix’ suggestions (offering ways readers might do things differently, including short cuts) and is peppered with infographics to help them follow their baking heart. Try The Cheesecake (That You Will Love The Most) with a crumb base, or a bought biscuit base, or no base, or a sponge base, or even a failed cookie base! And from there, pick a topping from sour cream to crumb, to fruity bits.

The recipes are divided across eight chapters: Doughs, Pastries & Crusts; Tarts, Pies, a Crostata & a Galette; The Cake List; One in the Hand; Yeasted Bakes; Fruit-full; Creams, Custards, Fillings, Glazes and Buttercreams; and Finishing Touches.

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Salted Caramel Walnut Tart

Rustic French Cooking Made Easy: Authentic, Regional Flavors from Provence, Brittany, Alsace and Beyond , Salted Caramel Walnut Tart, Photography by Audrey Le Goff and Karly Schaefer.

Rustic French Cooking Made Easy: Authentic, Regional Flavors from Provence, Brittany, Alsace and Beyond , Salted Caramel Walnut Tart, Photography by Audrey Le Goff and Karly Schaefer.

This collection of 60 unbelievably easy, delicious recipes represents the best of essential French home cooking, with an amazing variety of dishes from traditional regional cuisines.

Leave haute cuisine to fussy French restaurants, and dive into simple, comforting classics. Audrey Le Goff, founder of the blog Pardon Your French, dispels the myth that real French cooking is tricky and complicated. Home cooks interested in the popular French approach to cooking for health and happiness, will delight in these authentic, approachable recipes, while devoted French cooking fans will discover delicious staples rarely tasted outside of the French family kitchen.

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Tomates Provençales

Tomates Provençales

Tomates Provençales, from Provence: The Cookbook by Caroline Rimbert Craig, Photographs © Susan Bell

Provence is the fruit and vegetable garden of France, where much of its most beautiful produce is grown. These ingredients, combined with Provence’s unique identity, position, and history have resulted in a cuisine full of heart, balance, and soul―a cuisine that showcases its peoples’ reverence for the produce, the changing seasons, and the land.

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Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Tarte au Citron (Lemon Tart). Photography by Liz and Max Haarala Hamilton

Simple & Classic is a newly curated collection of the very best of Jane Hornby’s recipes from What to Cook & How to Cook It, Fresh & Easy, and What to Bake & How to Bake It, each previously published by Phaidon. The beauty of Hornby’s recipes is how easy they are to perfect—with detailed step-by-step shots and beautiful images of the finished dishes, this is destined to be the most useful cookbook on the shelf. Great value, it is released with the original price of What to Cook & How to Cook It, but packed full with the most popular recipes from all of Hornby’s books. From Paella to Roast Lamb and Rosemary Potatoes, and Chocolate Mousse with Cherries, this book covers classic and contemporary recipes with an international perspective. (more…)

French Onion Soup

Chicken Soup

Photograph by Dan Jones

French Guy Cooking is a YouTube sensation. A Frenchman living in Paris, Alexis loves to demystify cooking by experimenting with food and cooking methods to take the fear factor out of cooking, make it fun and accessible, and charm everyone with his geeky approach to food.

In this, his debut cookbook, he shares 100 of his absolute favourite recipes—from amazingly tasty toast ideas all the way to some classic but super-simple French dishes. Along the way, he shares ingenious kitchen hacks—six ways with a can of sardines, a cheat’s guide to wine, three knives you need in your kitchen—so that anyone can throw together great food without any fuss.

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Cookbook Review: Délicieux: The Recipes of France

Délicieux presents a broad selection of dishes Gabriel Gaté has collected during his time as a chef, cookery teacher and lover of French food and travel. These are recipes that have been written, tested and adapted for the home cook, who can feel confident in preparing them successfully. (more…)