Clotilde Dusoulier’s “The French Market Cookbook” is exactly what it sets out to be – a perfect cookbook for all fresh and seasonal produce that can be found at the French market and most other farmer’s markets throughout Europe.
This delightful cookbook is just perfect in so many ways: the size of the book, the amount of recipes (90) it offers, the beautiful photographs (75) of the food, the market produce and the street scenes.
Vegetarian-based by choice, the recipes range from savory to sweet and cater to all types of food philosophies.
I love the seasonal approach and the introductions to the seasons, the extra tips and the essentials – together they give you a solid base for making home-cooked French vegetarian food. The French names for the dishes also enable you to recognize dishes during your travels in France itself.
Helpful hints on selecting fruits and vegetables along with dish variations encourage your creativity in cooking these scrumptious and often simple dishes. The addition of the “pantry gems” lets you into the secrets of French pantry basics and they are often the little gems that make these recipes shine.
Having partially grown up in France living with my French Grandmother who was an avid and skilled cook, nothing fancy but always delicious, visits to the weekly market were a much-loved must.
When the book arrived I read it cover to cover in one sitting, my little sighs of delight increasing from page to page as I discovered known recipes and Clotilde’s new variations.
One of my happiest moments was definitely finding the “Breton Shortbread Cookies (or Tart Dough)” recipe for those buttery, sweet and salty, crumbly cookies eaten so fondly at “gouter” – an afternoon snack children in France have after school.
I have made the dough for many a pie since receiving the book, in tartes with fruit and as a base for cheesecake too. It is simply divine.
My only disfavor is with the index, which I would have preferred in one with both the English and French names. I often end up flipping through the book when I am unable to find the recipe I remembered in the index.
The French Market Cookbook is delightful, inspirational and a joyous addition to any cookbook shelf.
Visit Clotilde Dusoulier’s blog www.chocolateandzucchini.com to find more recipes and books in French and English.
Merci Clotilde! Quel beau livre! Quelle inspiration! Quelles belles memoires!
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher upon asking for review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.