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French Country Cooking: Authentic Recipes from Every Region

French Country Cooking: Authentic Recipes from Every Region

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French cuisine is revered all around the world, and now French Country Cooking offers the unique opportunity to enter a France that very few tourists ever get to experience. In this richly illustrated cookbook, each gourmand member of the French National Assembly--representing the diverse regions of their native country--shares culinary secrets that will inspire you to try your hand at preparing mouthwatering soups, sides, dinners, and desserts. From a challenging recipe for slow-cooked hare that predates the French Revolution to a simple yet delightful bread, the 180 recipes collected here will satisfy anyone who is curious about the varied dishes of this epicurean country. Some recipes you will find here include:

  • Foie gras in a Madeira sauce
  • Somme scallops in wine and cream
  • Puff pastry with blue cheese and pear
  • Sheep cheese and potato pastries

This unique book, a comprehensive cultural and gastronomic inside look into the private kitchens of homes and farms, is peppered with ancestral recipes passed down through generations. It will enchant the armchair traveler and might even rouse you to visit the lesser-known regions of France--a country rich in many different cuisines.

A Good Cook Book Club selection, French Country Cooking is both warmly personal and wittily political, includes fascinating legends from la France profonde, and is replete with historical information and a great deal of Gallic charm. These recipes are the real thing!

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From Chef Scott

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This is a captivating and comprehensive culinary guide that takes readers on a gastronomic tour through the heart of rural France. This book is a treasure trove of authentic recipes that celebrate the diverse and rich culinary traditions of the French countryside. From the rolling hills of Provence to the lush vineyards of Bordeaux, each chapter introduces the reader to the unique flavors and cooking styles that characterize France's many regions.

The book's strength lies in its meticulous attention to regional specialties, offering an array of dishes that range from hearty stews and cassoulets to delicate pastries and cheeses. Each recipe is carefully selected to represent the essence of its region, using locally sourced ingredients and traditional cooking methods to ensure authenticity and depth of flavor. The author's dedication to preserving the authenticity of French country cooking is evident in every page, providing a genuine taste of the French terroir.

What sets this cookbook apart is not only its array of recipes but also its commitment to storytelling. The author weaves together historical context, culinary traditions, and personal anecdotes, creating a rich tapestry that brings the recipes to life. This narrative approach offers readers a deeper understanding of French country cooking, making the book as much a cultural exploration as it is a culinary one.

The instructions for each recipe are clear and concise, making French country cooking accessible to cooks of all skill levels. Tips on ingredient selection, substitutions, and serving suggestions are thoughtfully included, guiding readers through the cooking process with ease and confidence.

Visually, "French Country Cooking: Authentic Recipes from Every Region" is stunning. Beautiful photography captures the rustic elegance of the dishes and the beauty of the French countryside. The images not only serve as a visual guide to the recipes but also evoke the atmosphere and charm of rural France, enhancing the overall reading and cooking experience.

In addition to recipes, the book includes sections on regional wines, artisanal products, and traditional techniques, offering a comprehensive overview of the French country culinary landscape. This attention to detail enriches the reader's understanding of the connection between food, culture, and place in French gastronomy.

It's a celebration of regional diversity, culinary tradition, and the simple pleasures of cooking and eating well. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a culinary explorer, this book invites you to embark on a delicious journey through the heart of French country cooking, one authentic dish at a time.