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Bard, Elizabeth

Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining

Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining

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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!

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"Dinner Chez Moi" is a delightful and insightful culinary guide that artfully blends the essence of French dining with the joy of hosting. This book is not just a collection of recipes; it is a treasure trove of wisdom and secrets that encapsulate the art of French living and the pleasure of sharing good food with loved ones.

From the very first page, the author's passion for French cuisine and the rituals of entertaining is infectious. The book is beautifully structured, offering fifty secrets that go beyond mere recipes, delving into the nuances of creating an enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Each secret is a blend of practical advice, cultural insights, and culinary wisdom, presented in a way that is both enlightening and engaging.

The recipes themselves are a wonderful mix of classic and contemporary French dishes, each chosen for its ability to delight and impress guests. The author's approach to cooking is one that emphasizes simplicity, quality of ingredients, and the joy of cooking. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, making even the more sophisticated dishes accessible to cooks of all levels.

One of the most enchanting aspects of "Dinner Chez Moi" is how the author interweaves personal anecdotes and cultural stories with practical tips. This approach not only enhances the recipes but also immerses the reader in the French way of life, where dining is not just about eating but about savoring life’s pleasures.

The book is also a visual treat, with stunning photography that captures the elegance and charm of French cuisine. The images not only serve as a guide to preparing the dishes but also inspire the reader to present their meals in a way that enhances the overall dining experience.

Beyond recipes, "Dinner Chez Moi" delves into the art of entertaining, offering guidance on everything from setting a beautiful table to selecting the perfect wine pairings. The author’s insights on how to create a warm and inviting atmosphere reflect the quintessential French flair for hosting.

What sets this book apart is its holistic approach to dining and entertaining. It's a celebration of the joy that comes from gathering around a table, sharing delicious food, and creating memories with friends and family. The author’s philosophy is one that encourages taking the time to enjoy the pleasures of the kitchen and the table, a reminder of the importance of cherishing these moments in our fast-paced lives.

This is an essential guide for anyone looking to infuse their cooking and hosting with the elegance, simplicity, and joie de vivre of French cuisine. It’s a book that doesn’t just teach you how to cook; it teaches you how to celebrate life, one meal at a time. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, this book will inspire and guide you in creating unforgettable dining experiences.