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