I couldn’t tell you the last time I bought a cookbook. When I want to know how to make something I turn to the internet. And it was on the internet that I discovered Dorie Greenspan and her new cookbook Around My French Table – more than 300 recipes from my home to yours.
Things conspired to make me aware of the cookbook. I saw a recipe for Salted Butter Break-ups on the Serious Eats website. They sounded delicious. A couple of days later I ended up at Dorie’s blog by following a link in a Tweet.
I stated thinking that maybe I’d buy the book so I looked on Amazon to get more information. And there was a recipe for Apple Cake. My family loves Apple Cake so I made it and it was a huge hit. And it was so easy. I like baking that’s easy.
I bought the cookbook! And I love it. My family loves it. I have little post-it tabs marking recipes I want to try and there are already food splatters on the cover. Right now I’m staying at a friend’s for a couple of month and I brought the book with me.
One of the things I love are Dorie’s little stories at the beginning of the recipes. It’s as if a friend is talking, telling you about the first time they tried making something or about an amazing meal they had.
And I learned something that I wish I had known when I lived in France…what kind of nibblies and snack to serve with apéritifs. If only I’d known I could have avoided always offering the ubiquitous olives and almonds.
The best thing about Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table? It’s made me start cooking again.
One note, if you aren’t a North American cook you’ll want to refer to a US, Imperial, Metric conversion chart. As long as you pick one measurement style and use it throughout the recipe you’ll be fine.