A deliciously entertaining memoir about one woman's adventures in the student kitchens of the legendary French Culinary Institute--flavored with celebrity chefs, eccentric characters, and mouthwatering recipes
To anyone who has ever dreamed of life in a French kitchen, Katherine Darling serves up a savory dose of reality in this funny, fascinating, and altogether delightful account of her time spent slaving over a hot stove, wrestling with veal calves, and cleaning fish heads at The French Culinary Institute. As she goes from clueless amateur to certified chef, Katherine and her quirky fellow students frequently find themselves the objects of scorn as their teachers wage psychological warfare over steaming pots of bisque. It's a cutthroat world, and no one ever made a souffl without breaking a few eggs--or cracking a few heads together. Filled with delicious food lore and trivia, and including dozens of classic and original French recipes, Under the Table takes readers deep into the trenches of one of the world's most prestigious cooking schools--and shows what really goes on behind the doors of every great restaurant kitchen.
The potager, or French vegetable garden, represents the very best of French cuisine: fresh, flavorful, and easily accessible for home cooks everywhere. In Vegetable Harvest, Patricia Wells presents a collection of recipes inspired by the garden she tends at her home in Provence.
No one has done more than Patricia to bring the art and techniques of French cooking into American kitchens. Now, in her tenth cookbook, she covers every kind of produce favored by French cooks from north to south. In addition, there are charming profiles of French farmers, home gardeners, and cooks, with sixty-five stunning color photographs.
From arugula to zucchini, Patricia offers up a wealth of dishes that incorporate vegetables, herbs, nuts, legumes, and fruits fresh from the garden. And her recipes aren't limited to summer's bounty--there are plenty for fall squash and winter potatoes, too.
The recipes in Vegetable Harvest include everything from appetizers, soups, and salads, to meats, poultry, and pasta. There are classics like Spicy Butternut Squash Soup, Roast Leg of Lamb with Honey and Mint Crust, and Pea and Mint Risotto, as well as innovative new dishes that are sure to become time-honored favorites, such as Potato-Chive Waffles with Smoked Salmon, Capers, and Cr me Fra che, Tomato and Strawberry Gazpacho, and Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Basil. To finish your meal with a flourish, there are decadent, fruity desserts like Pistachio-Cherry Cake with Cherry Sorbet, Rhubarb-Berry Compote in Grenadine, and Crunchy Almond-Pear Cake. In addition, there is a chapter on pantry staples that includes Patricia's recipes for Zesty Lemon Salt, Truffle Butter, and Fresh Cilantro Sauce.
And while Patricia's wonderful dishes sound sinful, they are in fact quite healthful, low in fat and calories; nutritional information is given for each recipe.
With Vegetable Harvest, you'll be eating the best nature has to offer--fresh, flavorful produce--all year round.
With infectious enthusiasm, Jack Santa Maria shows how insistence on interesting sauces, charming presentation, and exciting aromas can transform mere vegetables into tantalizing main and side dishes. More than 200 new and traditional Gallic recipes--arranged alphabetically from artichokes to watercress--feature such imaginative fare as Eggplant Fritters, Red Cabbage with Chestnuts, Pumpkin Pancakes, and Dandelion with Cheese and Walnuts.Santa Maria is well known for his highly successful books on Italian, Greek, Chinese, Indian, and international vegetarian cooking. Vegetables The French Way is an invaluable addition to the bookshelf of vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, proving that vegetables can be easily prepared so as to embody the very best in classic French cuisine.
Classic French cuisine--American-style easy.
Souffl s, boeuf bourguignon, macarons, and more--the French make it look so easy--and now it is for you too. The Voil Effortless French Cookbook serves up simple recipes to bring classic French fare and flare to your table for everyday delicacies.
From the cafes in Paris straight to your kitchen, this French cookbook combines tried-and-true recipes with the convenience of easy-to-find ingredients and fast prep and cook times. Complete with guidance to help you get savvy about sauces or poach the perfect egg, Voil Effortless French Cookbook lets you say au revoir to the hassle of complicated recipes.
Voil Effortless French Cookbook includes:
- French Cuisine 101--Learn basic skills, techniques, and fun facts about French culinary culture.
- 125+ Classic Recipes--Feast on a full range of recipes from aperitifs, main dishes, desserts, and more.
- Easy-to-find Ingredients--Find affordable ingredients at your local grocery store and forget about expensive imports once and for all.
Get ready to say bon app tit with Voil Effortless French Cookbook. No passport needed.