Ooh la la: new French cookbooks to savor

Seira Wilson on February 20, 2020
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It's been many years since I visited Paris, but I've been waxing nostalgic about buttery, flaky croissants and crisp Kir Royal cocktails as I look through these new and upcoming cookbooks. Of course I can't think of French cooking without Julia Child coming to mind, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking will always be the classic tome for me, but that being said, I'm really excited about the six cookbooks below that will give me a fresh taste of France from my home in Seattle... 


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Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes by David Lebovitz

In his new cookbook, Drinking French (available March 3rd), the author of My Paris Kitchen brings us 160 recipes for drinks and snacks accompanied by delightful anecdotes. Drinks range from silky coffees and hot chocolates (Hot Chocolate with Salted Butter Caramel? Um, yes please.) to gorgeous cocktails. Lebovitz gives fascinating introductions to each chapter--did you know that some of our most enduring classic cocktails were invented in France during Prohibition?--and the photographs are stunning.  This is a book to be used, read, and thoroughly enjoyed.

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Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France: A Cookbook by Melissa Clark

The first line you'll read in Melissa Clark's new cookbook is, "I can't really speak French, but I cook French."  Dinner in French (available March 10th) is Gallic cuisine for contemporary home cooks who are getting the evening meal on the table every night.  Eggs and cheese each get a chapter of their own and Clark had me at the table of contents with this cookbook.  I've made a couple of dinners from this cookbook already and they've been savory and wonderful (check back for a recipe post in the coming weeks).


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Rustic French Cooking Made Easy: Authentic, Regional Flavors from Provence, Brittany, Alsace and Beyond by Audrey Le Goff

Founder of the blog, Pardon Your French, Le Goff draws on her childhood in the northern part of the country to bring us simple and comforting classics from all over France.  You'll find French Onion Soup and crepes, yes, and also a bright Herbed Cheese Spread from Lyon, and Barbajuans (Fried Raviolis) from the French Riviera.  A great introduction to rustic, regional, dishes that may even inspire a less adventurous home cook to try making a rabbit stew.

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A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes by Cécile Maslakian

Opened in 1908 this French bistro is a Parisian legend, frequented by locals and celebrities, including Robert De Niro, who wrote the introduction to this cookbook. Turning the pages of this cookbook, is a journey into the bistro itself, and the recipes include La Fontaine de Mars favorites from Cassoulet to Strawberry-Pistachio Sabayon.  The photography is gorgeous, and while I can't make it to this charming bistro in person, just yet, A Parisian Bistro: La Fontaine de Mars in 50 Recipes (available March 24th) is the next best thing.

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La Buvette: Recipes and Wine Notes from Paris by Camille Fourmont

When I think about Paris, I often visualize sitting at outdoor cafes with chic locals, drinking glasses of wine and snacking on delicious nibbles.  This is not my life, of course, but in the spirit of aspiration/inspiration I'm looking forward to this new cookbook from the owner of a little wine shop/cafe in Paris called La Buvette. In La Buvette: Recipes and Wine Notes from Paris (available July 7th), Camille Fourmont shares 50 recipes for casual entertaining, along with her personal wine notes.  The style and the relaxed vibe of La Buvette is exactly what I'm looking for, and I'm hoping to achieve it here at home with a little help from Fourmont's cookbook.

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French Pastry at the Ritz Paris by François Perret

François Perret is the award-winning pastry chef at the Ritz Paris and this gorgeous cookbook is a tribute to Perret's top ten creations, including the scrumptious honey madeline and the triumphant Poire BelleHélène en cage.  While this is probably not going to be a cookbook most of us will use on a day-to-day basis, there is glamour and luxury in these beautifully photographed pages that is a joy to look at. After all, there is really is nothing like French pastry, even if we are only eating it with our eyes...



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