How excited was I when I heard that I had won the very first cookbook giveaway of the year on Sis Boom Blog? I would have done a cartwheel if a) I wasn’t in bed in my pjs and b) it wasn’t the middle of the night. Ok, ok! I really just didn’t want to hurt myself again. But that doesn’t lesson my excitement in any way! I was doing cartwheels in my head.
I don’t know why, but for some reason, this book has eluded my shelves. Considering I am a huge Francophile with a pre-disposition to all things Paris (it is my most favorite place in the entire world-I did get to live there for a month last year!) and I have collected several hundred cookbooks there is no excuse as to why it’s been vacant from my repertoire. So I was beyond thrilled when Trevor (@sisboomtweet) from Sis Boom Blog sent me this gorgeous book. How had I missed this one? (facepalm)
This book marks James Beard Award Winner, Dorie Greenspan’s tenth book and was the 2011 IACP’s Book of the Year. Filled with over 300 recipes, this substantial book isn’t just a cookbook. It also features wonderful snippets into Dorie’s French life with rich and lively stories and “Another Bonne Idee” for several of the recipes. It’s personal and personable and makes me long even more for France.
I know I am (embarrassingly) late to this party, but Dorie has a weekly French Cooking Club to go along with the book. Aptly called French Fridays with Dorie, this club chooses recipes from the book to complete and you link posts regarding how they turned out on Fridays. They have been cooking every week since the book came out in 2010. But there are three weeks left for their January schedule. So I am joining along with them!
Here’s the list:
January 11, 2013: long and slow apples (p.390)
January 18, 2013: chicken liver gateaux with pickled onions (p.190)
January 25, 2013: shrimp and cellophone noodles (p.322)
I am not sure if there are more after that- but in any case- I think I will continue on my own. At least for 2013.
A French cookbook and French Fridays. Now that is a great way to start off my year!
Merci Beaucoup to Trevor and Bon Appetit!
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