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    How to Cook dishes from France


    France France is reknowned throughout Europe and the world for its cuisine, and rightly so - French cuisine is generally considered one of the most refined and elegant in the world.

    In French cuisine, some dishes which are considered national dishes, eaten throughout France, and others with specific regional origins. One common factor in all French dishes is an emphasis on good quality ingredients (especially local produce), and careful preparation.

    Some popular French recipes and dishes include:
    • Andouillette - A traditional French sausage, from Lyon, Troyes or Cambrai. Andouillette may be eaten hot or cold, and has a very strong odor that some people consider very unpleasant, and is very much an acquired taste. Please note: The prepared version of andouillette sold in the United States is not the same!

    • Beef Bourguignon (French: Bœuf bourguignon) - Beef stew cooked in red wine, flavored with garlic and herbs, carrots, onions and lardons (bacon from the back fat of a pig), and then garnished with onions and mushrooms.

    • Blanquette de veau - Veal, mushrooms and onions cooked in a thick cream sauce.

    • Bouillabaisse - A fish stew, originally from Marseille. Usually a variety of different fish and shellfish are used to prepare the soup, as well as celery, leeks, onions and tomatoes. The stew and the fish are usually served in separate bowls, with the vegetables poured over French bread seasoned with bread crumbs, olive oil and chili peppers ("rouille").

    • Coq au vin - Chicken fricasseed with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and garlic. Traditionally, older roosters are used in the dish, as they contain more connective tissue resulting in a richer broth.

    • Crêpes - Thin pancakes made from wheat flour. Originally from Brittany (French: Bretagne), they come in both savory (crêpes salées) and sweet (crêpes sucrées) varieties.

    • Escargot - Land snails cooked with parsley butter. This dish is often served as an appetizer.

      Escargot

    • French onion soup - A soup made from onions and beef broth, topped with cheese and croutons. According to legend the soup was invented by King Louis XV of France.

      French Onion Soup

    • Le Tourin - A traditional soup from the Dordogne region. It has a strong garlic flavor, and is best served over thinly sliced bread.

    • Lobster Thermidor - A creamy mixture of lobster meat with egg yolks, brandy or sherry, a little powdered mustard, and an oven-browned cheese crust, stuffed into a lobster shell.

    • Pot-au-feu - A spiced beef and vegetable stew. Typically carrots, celery, leeks, onions and turnips are used in the dish.

    • Quiche Lorraine - This is a baked dish made with heavy cream, eggs and bacon in a pastry crust. The traditional recipe does not contain cheese. A variant of the recipe, which differs by the addition of onion, is known as "quiche Alsacienne".
    Quiche

    Some popular French desserts include:
    • Chocolate mousse - A creamy dessert made from eggs and cream, and flavored with chocolate.

    • Crème brûlée - A custard base, usually flavored with just vanilla, and topped with a hard layer of caramel made by burning sugar under a grill or other intense heat source.

    • Éclair - A hollow baked pastry, allowed to cool, and then filled with pastry cream (crème pâtissière), custard or whipped cream, and then topped with chocolate or icing.

    • Profiteroles - Small baked pastries filled with pastry cream (crème pâtissière) or whipped cream. Often served with chocolate sauce.


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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)

    By Julia Child & Simone Beck

    Julia Child
    Released: 2009-12-01
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    The perfect gift for any follower of Julia Child—and any lover of French food. This boxed set brings together Mastering the Art of French Cooking, first published in 1961, and its sequel, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two, published in 1970.

    Volume One is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—524 recipes.
    “Anyone can cook in the French manner anywhere,” wrote Mesdames Beck, Bertholle, and Child, “with the right instruction.” And here is the book that, for nearly fifty years, has been teaching Americans how.

    Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. The techniques learned in this beautiful book, with more than one hundred instructive illustrations, can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely usable. In compiling the secrets of famous Cordon Bleu chefs, the authors produced a magnificent volume that continues to have a place of honor in American kitchens.

    Volume Two is the sequel to the great cooking classic—with 257 additional recipes. Following the publication of the celebrated Volume One, Julia Child and Simone Beck continued to search out and sample new recipes among the classic dishes and regional specialties of France—cooking, conferring, tasting, revising, perfecting. Out of their discoveries they made, for Volume Two, a brilliant selection of precisely those recipes that not only add to the repertory but, above all, bring the reader to a new level of mastery of the art of French cooking.

    Each of these recipes is worked out step-by-step, with the clarity and precision that are the essence of the first volume. Five times as many drawings as in Volume One make the clear instructions even more so.

    Perhaps the most remarkable achievement of this volume is that it will make Americans actually more expert than their French contemporaries in two supreme areas of cookery: baking and charcuterie. In France one can turn to the local bakery for fresh and expertly baked bread, or to neighborhood charcuterie for pâtés and terrines and sausages. Here, most of us have no choice but to create them for ourselves.
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    L'Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home

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    Bestselling author and world-renowned chef David Lebovitz continues to mine the rich subject of his evolving ex-Pat life in Paris, using his perplexing experiences in apartment renovation as a launching point for stories about French culture, food, and what it means to revamp one's life. Includes dozens of new recipes.
     
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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1

    By Julia Child & Simone Beck

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    Released: 2001-10-16
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    Mastering the Art of French Cooking is for both seasoned cooks and beginners who love good food and long to reproduce at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine, from the historic Gallic masterpieces to the seemingly artless perfection of a dish of spring-green peas. This beautiful book, with more than 100 instructive illustrations, is revolutionary in its approach because:

    • it leads the cook infallibly from the buying and handling of raw ingredients, through each essential step of a recipe, to the final creation of a delicate confection;
    • it breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalogue of recipes; the focus is on key recipes that form the backbone of French cookery and lend themselves to an infinite number of elaborations—bound to increase anyone’s culinary repertoire;
    • it adapts classical techniques, wherever possible, to modern American conveniences;
    • it shows Americans how to buy products, from any supermarket in the United States, that reproduce the exact taste and texture of the French ingredients, for example, equivalent meat cuts, the right beans for a cassoulet, or the appropriate fish and seafood for a bouillabaisse;
    • it offers suggestions for just the right accompaniment to each dish, including proper wines.

    Since there has never been a book as instructive and as workable as Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the techniques learned here can be applied to recipes in all other French cookbooks, making them infinitely more usable. In compiling the secrets of famous cordons bleus, the authors have produced a magnificent volume that is sure to find the place of honor in every kitchen in America. Bon appétit!

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    Les Petits Macarons: Colorful French Confections to Make at Home

    By Kathryn Gordon

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    Les Petits Macarons is your ultimate and easy guide to making delectable, bakery-quality macarons - at home!

    Macarons have become a worldwide sensation, whether it be because of their dazzling assortment of colors, their associations with Parisian elegance, or just because they taste amazing! These delectable little delights may seem daunting for any home baker, but authors Kathryn Gordon and Anne E. McBride are here to demystify macarons.

    This book is like a private baking class in your very own kitchen, with careful, detailed instruction and recipes guaranteed to bring the flavors of France right to your door. It features dozens of flavor combinations, structured around three basic shell methods-French, Swiss, and Italian-with a never-before-seen Easiest French Macaron Method (and a convenient Troubleshooting Guide) that is sure to make macaron magic possible for anyone using nothing more than a mixer, an oven, and a piping bag.

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    By Thomas Keller

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    2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley—“the most exciting place to eat in the United States” (The New York Times). The most transformative cookbook of the century celebrates this milestone by showcasing the genius of chef/proprietor Thomas Keller himself. Keller is a wizard, a purist, a man obsessed with getting it right. And this, his first cookbook, is every bit as satisfying as a French Laundry meal itself: a series of small, impeccable, highly refined, intensely focused courses.

    Most dazzling is how simple Keller's methods are: squeegeeing the moisture from the skin on fish so it sautées beautifully; poaching eggs in a deep pot of water for perfect shape; the initial steeping in the shell that makes cooking raw lobster out of the shell a cinch; using vinegar as a flavor enhancer; the repeated washing of bones for stock for the cleanest, clearest tastes.

    From innovative soup techniques, to the proper way to cook green vegetables, to secrets of great fish cookery, to the creation of breathtaking desserts; from beurre monté to foie gras au torchon, to a wild and thoroughly unexpected take on coffee and doughnuts, The French Laundry Cookbook captures, through recipes, essays, profiles, and extraordinary photography, one of America's great restaurants, its great chef, and the food that makes both unique.

    One hundred and fifty superlative recipes are exact recipes from the French Laundry kitchen—no shortcuts have been taken, no critical steps ignored, all have been thoroughly tested in home kitchens. If you can't get to the French Laundry, you can now re-create at home the very experience Wine Spectator described as “as close to dining perfection as it gets.”




     

    Eleven Madison Park: The Next Chapter (Signed Limited Edition): Stories & Watercolors, Recipes & Photographs

    By Daniel Humm

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    Released: 2017-10-03
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    From the world’s #1 dining destination, New York’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant Eleven Madison Park, comes a limited edition, signed and numbered, two-volume collection of more than 100 stories and watercolors (volume 1), and more than 100 recipes and food photographs (volume 2), from celebrated chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara. 

    Daniel Humm and his business partner, Will Guidara, have made an indelible mark on the global dining scene with their award-winning restaurants The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, which recently claimed the number one slot on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. In their latest impressive contribution to high-end cookbooks, Humm and Guidara reflect on the last eleven years at Eleven Madison Park, the period in which this singular team garnered scores of accolades, including four stars from the New York Times, three Michelin stars, seven James Beard Foundation awards, and for Chef Humm, the 2015 chefs’ choice award from a worldwide jury of his peers.  In two highly appointed volumes, the authors share more than 100 recipes, stunning photographs, lush watercolor illustrations, and—for the very first time—personal stories from Chef Humm describing his unparalleled culinary journey and inspiration. Only 11,000 copies of this deluxe slipcase collection have been printed, and each edition is numbered and hand signed by the authors.

    Bouchon Bakery (The Thomas Keller Library)

    By Thomas Keller

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    Released: 2012-10-23
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    Winner, IACP Cookbook Award for Food Photography & Styling (2013)

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    Baked goods that are marvels of ingenuity and simplicity from the famed Bouchon Bakery

    The tastes of childhood have always been a touchstone for Thomas Keller, and in this dazzling amalgam of American and French baked goods, you'll find recipes for the beloved TKOs and Oh Ohs (Keller's takes on Oreos and Hostess's Ho Hos) and all the French classics he fell in love with as a young chef apprenticing in Paris: the baguettes, the macarons, the mille-feuilles, the tartes aux fruits.

       Co-author Sebastien Rouxel, executive pastry chef for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, has spent years refining techniques through trial and error, and every page offers a new lesson: a trick that assures uniformity, a subtlety that makes for a professional finish, a flash of brilliance that heightens flavor and enhances texture. The deft twists, perfectly written recipes, and dazzling photographs make perfection inevitable.

    Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen

    By Jacques Pépin

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    In the companion book to his final PBS series, the world-renowned chef shows his close relationship to the land and sea as he cooks for close friends and family.

    Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen is an intimate look at the celebrity chef and the food he cooks at home with family and friends—200 recipes in all. There are the simple dinners Jacques prepares for his wife, like the world’s best burgers (the secret is ground brisket). There are elegant dinners for small gatherings, with tantalizing starters like Camembert cheese with a pistachio crust and desserts like little foolproof chocolate soufflés. And there are the dishes for backyard parties, including grilled chicken tenderloin in an Argentinean chimichurri sauce.
     
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