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Lebovitz, David

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

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From the publisher

In 2004, David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks--most notably in Paris--incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes.

In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You'll find Soupe à l'oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce, and Wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables, and pomegranate. And of course, there's dessert: Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, Duck fat cookies, Bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake...and the list goes on. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David's kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

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From Chef Scott

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"My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories" by David Lebovitz is an exceptional culinary journey that brilliantly captures the essence of Parisian cooking and lifestyle. This book is not just a collection of recipes; it's an intimate exploration of Paris through its food, culture, and the daily life of its people. Lebovitz, with his engaging and witty writing style, invites readers into the heart of his Parisian kitchen, offering a delightful and enriching experience.

Each recipe in the book is a reflection of Lebovitz's deep understanding and love for French cuisine, blended seamlessly with his unique twist. The dishes range from classic French fare to more modern interpretations, all thoughtfully curated to provide an authentic taste of Paris. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, ensuring that even those new to French cooking can achieve success in their kitchen.

What truly sets "My Paris Kitchen" apart is Lebovitz's ability to weave captivating stories and personal anecdotes with each recipe. These narratives transport the reader to the streets of Paris, offering a glimpse into the city's vibrant food markets, charming cafes, and the everyday life of its residents. It's as much a cultural immersion as it is a cookbook, making it a joy to read even when you're not cooking.

The photography in the book is stunning, with each image beautifully showcasing the dishes and capturing the ambiance of Paris. The photos not only complement the recipes but also add to the overall narrative, enhancing the reader's engagement and enjoyment.

Lebovitz also provides invaluable insights into the ingredients and culinary techniques that are fundamental to French cooking. He shares useful tips and recommendations that are beneficial for both novice cooks and experienced chefs, making the book a valuable resource for anyone interested in French cuisine.

In addition, the book includes a range of recipes, from appetizers and main courses to desserts and cocktails, offering a comprehensive guide to creating a full Parisian dining experience. The diversity of recipes ensures that there is something for every palate and occasion.

In conclusion, "My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories" is more than just a cookbook; it's a love letter to Paris and its culinary traditions. David Lebovitz has created a work that is both informative and immensely enjoyable, filled with the flavors, sights, and sounds of Paris. It's a must-have for anyone who loves French cuisine or dreams of bringing a piece of Paris into their home kitchen. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a culinary enthusiast, this book will inspire you to cook, explore, and savor the joys of Parisian cooking.