Review: Around My French Table

By Dorie Greenspan

Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The latest culinary gem released by famed food writer and cookbook author extraordinaire Dorie Greenspan, is titled Around My French Table. It is the perfect name for this book, as every page is written and photographed in a manner that is inviting and homey. You actually feel as if you’re sitting around Dorie’s table.

Released in October 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ($40), this cookbook encompasses recipes and stories that denote the culture and lifestyle embraced by Dorie and the country that instantly captured her heart. There are helpful tips scattered throughout, along with serving and storing suggestions for each recipe. I love the personal stories and fun anecdotes included that make this a book you will want to read from cover to cover.

The recipes themselves make French food accessible to the average home cook, guiding you through each dish so well that you almost swear you can hear Dorie whispering instructions in your ear. Dishes that at first glance appear complicated turn out to be straightforward, and recipes range from classic French cuisine to more modern twists like Cheesy Crème Brulée.

Dorie Greenspan has become a culinary treasure adored worldwide by legions of devoted cooks who find inspiration and encouragement in her approach to food. She has written a total of ten cookbooks to date, five having won James Beard and IACP awards including Cookbook of the Year. Not bad for someone who burned down her parents’ kitchen when she was 13 and didn’t bake so much as a chocolate chip cookie until after she was married!

Around My French Table will have a special spot on my bookshelf; right next to my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

To read my recipe reviews for Around My French Table, please click HERE

11 comments on “Review: Around My French Table

  1. Hmmm…I’ll have to check it out. If it’s getting such accolades, it must be a good one!

  2. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    I highly recommend getting it Diane – you won’t be disappointed!

  3. Quay Po Cooks on said:

    I wonder if this book is available in KL.. I must go to the book store tomorrow.

  4. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    I’m crossing my fingers for you that it’s available!

  5. tasteofbeirut on said:

    Having been an avid fan of Julia Child and having lived in France myself (my family lived there for 15 years) I am a bit jaded and somewhat intrigued by this book and its author; I have seen many great recipes from Mrs Greenspan all over the internet and believe she fully deserve the accolades. Now if I can just peak in and see, I might end up with yet another cookbook in my collection. Great review, thanks!

  6. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Be sure to try the Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything recipe I’ve posted from her book…you’ll be running to the store to buy your own copy!

  7. Hmmm…..sounds great! Another book to add to my collection??? I’ll definitely check it out (for when I have time to cook again). Keep up the great reviews!

  8. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Janet I think you’ll LOVE this book…most recipes I’ve tried aren’t as complicated or time consuming as they look. Perfect for having little ones underfoot :)

  9. The Mom Chef ~ Takin on said:

    I just won this as a giveaway. I have heard a lot about it but honestly didn’t chime in because I’m not one for hype and getting on a bandwagon. But, now that I’ve received the book, I’ve read it from cover to cover twice. Since I haven’t made a recipe yet, I can’t say anything about that (I’m going to check out a few of your reviews here in a minute), but I have to say that Dorie writes so very well and makes reading a cookbook as fun and entertaining as any work of fiction I’ve picked up. I’ve become a fan without stepping food in the kitchen.

  10. Stay-At-Home-Chef on said:

    Be sure to let us know what you think of any recipes you end up trying from her book! So far each one I’ve tried is a winner. Love your blog by the way! Great concept :)

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