French recipes

Chunky Vegetable Soup

Chunky Vegetable Soup

Chunky Vegetable Soup, Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple by Jacques Pépin. Photography by Tom Hopkins.

Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple

You don’t need a kitchen brigade, decades-honed skills, or expensive ingredients to cook and eat like master chef Jacques Pépin.

Just like the rest of us, he doesn’t always have as much time or energy as he’d like to put together a satisfying meal. So, he came up with Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple, 250 recipes for surprisingly achievable, impressive fare.

Covering homemade staples and every course, with tips for kitchen tools and equipment, pantry staples, and techniques to simplify and improve every dish you make, this foundational, classic collection is essential for every busy home cook who refuses to eat poorly.

Dine on the Braised Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce that Jacques is proud to serve, prepared in under an hour. Or, for healthier fare, Suprêmes of Chicken with Paprika comes together in under thirty minutes. Originally published as The Short-Cut Cook, this revised edition is a testament to Jacques’ timeless food and advice and now includes beautiful photographs.

Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Classic French Onion Soup

Classic French Onion Soup

Classic French Onion Soup, Flavorbomb: A Rogue Guide to Making Everything Taste Better, copyright 2020 Bob Blumer / Appetite Books. Photography by Suzi Q. Varin.

Bob Blumer Flavorbomb

You keep a running list of restaurants you go to for your favourite flavourbombs—a vibrant, pungent Caesar salad, extra crispy garlic fries, or a spicy puttanesca pasta maybe. You might even be able to articulate exactly what it is about those dishes that you find so addictive. But when you try to reproduce the same flavours at home, you find yourself falling short. If any of the above sounds familiar, this book is for you.

For the past 25 years, Bob Blumer has eaten his way around the globe, travelling millions of miles in search of culinary adventures and inspiring foods for three TV series and six cookbooks. Along the way, he’s broken eight food-related Guinness World Records, competed in some of the most outrageous food competitions on the planet, cooked alongside countless amazing chefs, and sampled every local street food imaginable at ramshackle carts, hawker stalls, and night markets from Italy to India.

These collective experiences have formed the backbone of Bob’s cooking in ways that culinary school can’t begin to teach. In Flavorbomb he channels everything he has gleaned into recipes and practical tips to help you create bold, stimulating flavours, that will leave those you cook for in a state of bliss. Prepare to become a rock star in your own kitchen.

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Sunday Roast Chicken

Sunday Roast Chicken

Sunday Roast Chicken, A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Cécile Maslakian. Photography by Delphine Constantini.

A Parisian BistroWelcome to the lively atmosphere of La Fontaine de Mars, a Parisian bistro founded in 1908, nestled in the heart of the French capital. As soon as guests pass through the heavy red curtain, they are captivated by the spirit of a place that has lovingly preserved the traces of its past.

Checkered tablecloths, vintage objects, earthenware tiles, and delicious dishes in generous portions await. Here, you can discover glorious recipes, such as Cassoulet, Porcini Mushroom Pâté., and Strawberry-Pistachio Sabayon, and see the colourful history of La Fontaine de Mars unfold before your eyes.

Neighbourhood regulars, savvy tourists, celebrities (including Robert De Niro, who contributes a foreword, and Mick Jagger), American expatriates, and figures from the world of fashion all frequent this legendary address.

A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca. (more…)

Raspberry Charlotte

Raspberry Charlotte

Raspberry Charlotte, French Pastry at the Ritz Paris by François Perret. Photography by Bernhard Winkelmann.

French Pastry at the Ritz Paris

Welcome to the universe of François Perret, pastry chef at the Ritz Paris. Savour sumptuous pastries and cakes: the famous honey madeleine, or the Poire BelleHélène en cage, and explore too this legendary hotel on the Place Vendome.

Perret writes about his inspiration for his top ten creations, and then five haute pâtisserie desserts are each interpreted in three different variations: as an appetizer (la touche), as a main dessert, and as a light, sweet finishing flourish (la sucrerie).

The book concludes with Perret’s favourite: marble cake nestled in its pretty box stamped with the name of the famous hotel; the dessert unveils itself like a precious gem.

French Pastry at the Ritz Paris is available at Amazon.com and Indigo.ca.

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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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