Dinner chez moi 50 French secrets to joyful eating and entertaining

Elizabeth Bard

Book - 2017

When Elizabeth Bard, a New Yorker raised on Twizzlers and instant mac and cheese, fell for a handsome Frenchman and moved to Paris, she discovered a whole new world of culinary delights. First in Paris, then in a tiny village in Provence, Elizabeth explored the markets, incorporating new ingredients and rituals into her everyday meals and routines. After 15 years of cooking in her own French kitchen, making French friends--and observing her slim and elegant French mother-in-law--Elizabeth has ga...thered a treasure trove of information that has radically changed her own eating habits for the better. She realized that what most Americans call "dieting"--smaller portions, no snacking, a preference for seasonal fruits and vegetables, and limited sugar--the French simply call "eating." And they do it with pleasure, gusto, and flair. With wit, sound advice, and easy-to-follow recipes, Bard lets her readers in on a range of delightful--and useful--French secrets to eating and living well, including hunger as the new foreplay, the top five essential French cooking tools and 15 minute meals popular throughout France, and the concept of benevolent dictatorship: why French kids eat veggies, and how to get yours to eat them, too. Whether you're ready for a complete kitchen transformation or simply looking for dinner party inspiration, Dinner Chez Moi is a fun, practical, and charming how-to guide that will add a dash of joie de vivre to your kitchen--and your life!.

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Subjects
Genres
Cookbooks
Published
New York : Little, Brown and Company 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xii, 194 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
ISBN
0316276251
9780316276252
Main Author
Elizabeth Bard (author)
  • Introduction: Where I began
  • part one. Ingredients : the essentials of my French kitchen: My French pantry ; Six things I always have in my fridge ; Fruits and vegetables ; Meat and fish ; Golden rules
  • part two. Equipment : six French cooking tools I can't live without
  • part three. Rituals : how the French eat bread and cheese, drink wine, and enjoy dessert, and still look the way they do
  • part four. Family: Why French kids eat vegetables : one parent's kitchen manifest.
Review by Booklist Reviews

American memoirist Bard, who's previously chronicled her experiences falling in love with a Frenchman (Lunch in Paris, 2010), living in Paris, and raising a son in Provence (Picnic in Provence, 2015), puts her French cooking secrets and recipes at the fore of her new book. Her secrets (homemade mayo is amazing, for instance, and a bouquet of fresh herbs in the fridge will enliven any meal) are organized into four parts—"Ingredients," "Rituals," "Equipment," and "Family"—and provide the book's basic structure. Recipes themselves (for quiche, croque monsieur, soups, perfectly prepared seasonal vegetables, crepes, a tagine made for entertaining, and lots more) are creatively interspersed between Bard's secrets and other interludes about her culinary, expat life, making for a book readers will enjoy cover to cover. (Though the index means they won't have to.) Her easy-to-follow, narrative instructions reflect the tone readers of her previous books will look for as well as the French home-cooking style, emphasizing simple, fresh ingredients, that she's clearly mastered. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Bard follows her memoirs Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence with this cozy collection of recipes such as ham and rosemary cheese puffs, broiled sea bream with lemon and herbs, and classic cherry clafoutis. She pairs these with 50 secrets to living and eating à la française, each of which sheds light on an ingredient (almond flour), tool (crepe pan), or habit (drinking wine) gleaned from her years of living in France. Throughout, Bard compares French and American culture, offering cheery observations that will engage fans of Mireille Guiliano (French Women Don't Get Fat) and Pamela Druckerman (Bringing Up Bébé). VERDICT Bard's simple home cooking will tempt your inner Francophile. Readers who expect glossy food photography will prefer titles like Rachel Khoo's The Little Paris Kitchen and Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table. Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Bard's inspiring cookbook explains how to cultivate French-style eating habits that encourage healthy thinness along with essential joie de vivre. Bard (Lunch in Paris), raised in an American home where processed cheese and bottled salad dressing were staples, has the enthusiastic zeal of a convert to her French husband's ways. The true secret of her 50 secrets is really a willingness to apply self-discipline to ingredients, equipment, rituals, and family—the categories into which she's divided her hints. Olive oil is number one, and hardly revelatory; wine and dark chocolate are equally unsurprising, though her advice to combine a square of the latter with herbal tisane to hydrate and curb appetite is hard-core insider knowledge. The ingredient-specific recipes are solid, authentic French home cooking, introduced with stories of discovery: one taste of her mother-in-law's mayonnaise transformed her from mayo hater to firm advocate. How food is consumed is as important as the meal content. Sitting down to eat together and not snacking through the day are approachable goals; conquering American portion sizes will be the real French revolution. (Apr.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A New Yorker now living in France offers easy-to-follow recipes along with a range of useful French secrets to eating and living well, including such topics as the most important French cooking tools and popular fifteen-minute meals.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An expatriated New Yorker living in France offers her observations on eating and living well and provides readers with easy-to-follow recipes, the top five most important French cooking tools, 15-minute meals and how to get your kids to eat veggies. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Tips, tricks and recipes to make your feasts and fetes more French, from the New York Times bestselling author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence. When Elizabeth Bard, a New Yorker raised on Twizzlers and instant mac and cheese, fell for a handsome Frenchman and moved to Paris, she discovered a whole new world of culinary delights. First in Paris, then in a tiny village in Provence, Elizabeth explored the markets, incorporating new ingredients and rituals into her everyday meals and routines. After 15 years of cooking in her own French kitchen, making French friends -- and observing her slim and elegant French mother-in-law -- Elizabeth has gathered a treasure trove of information that has radically changed her own eating habits for the better. She realized that what most Americans call "dieting" -- smaller portions, no snacking, a preference for seasonal fruits and vegetables, and limited sugar -- the French simply call "eating." And they do it with pleasure, gusto, and flair. With wit, sound advice, and easy-to-follow recipes, Bard lets her readers in on a range of delightful -- and useful -- French secrets to eating and living well, including hunger as the new foreplay, the top five essential French cooking tools and 15 minute meals popular throughout France, and the concept of benevolent dictatorship: why French kids eat veggies, and how to get yours to eat them, too. Whether you're ready for a complete kitchen transformation or simply looking for dinner party inspiration, Dinner Chez Moi is a fun, practical, and charming how-to guide that will add a dash of joie de vivre to your kitchen -- and your life!