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Plat Du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy

Plat Du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy

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Discover the pleasures of cooking--and eating--with this French approach to everyday meals. Featured on bistro menus and dinner tables throughout France, the plat du jour is the centerpiece of a two-course meal, a formula that Susan Loomis cleverly presents here. By pairing substantial main dishes such as Boeuf Bourguignon, Poule au Pot, and Bouillabaisse, with just the right starter, side, and/or dessert, Plat du Jour makes getting dinner on the table as easy as un, deux, trois!

This is a long-awaited collection of classic recipes by Loomis, an American-born cooking teacher and author who resides in Paris. She has perfected these iconic dishes and shares what she's discovered while living in France, cooking for family, friends, and students. In addition to the recipes, the cookbook includes helpful tips and intriguing details about French culinary history. It's a must-have for any aspiring home cook with a craving for simple French cooking.

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From Chef Scott

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This is a charming and approachable cookbook that brilliantly simplifies the art of French cooking for the everyday chef. This book is a charming invitation to explore the elegance and sophistication of French cuisine without the intimidation often associated with it. Perfect for home cooks looking to add a touch of French flair to their dinner repertoire, this collection of recipes demystifies classic French dishes, making them accessible and enjoyable to prepare.

The author's approach in "Plat Du Jour" is refreshingly straightforward, focusing on the concept of the 'plat du jour' or 'dish of the day' – a staple in French bistros and cafes. Each recipe in the book is designed to be manageable and unfussy, emphasizing the use of fresh, quality ingredients to create dishes that are both delicious and visually appealing. The recipes range from comforting and rustic to slightly more refined, offering a variety of flavors and techniques that are representative of true French bistro cooking.

What sets this cookbook apart is its perfect balance between simplicity and flavor. The recipes are carefully crafted to be achievable for cooks of all skill levels while maintaining the depth and richness that is characteristic of French cuisine. The instructions are clear and concise, and each recipe is accompanied by helpful tips and suggestions, ensuring successful and stress-free cooking experiences.

The book covers a wide array of dishes, including soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. The variety ensures that there is something to suit every palate and occasion, whether it's a casual family meal or a more elegant dinner party. The author's passion for French cooking shines through in each recipe, encouraging readers to embrace the joy of cooking and the pleasure of sharing food with loved ones.

Visually, "Plat Du Jour" is beautifully presented, with stunning photography that captures the essence of each dish. The photographs not only serve as a guide for presentation but also add to the overall appeal of the book, making it a pleasure to browse through.

In addition to the wonderful recipes, the book includes an introduction to basic French cooking techniques and pantry essentials. This foundational knowledge is invaluable for anyone looking to delve deeper into French cooking and to understand the principles behind the recipes.

This is a book that celebrates of the simplicity and delight of French cooking. It will inspire and guide home cooks to create delicious, uncomplicated French meals that are sure to impress. Whether you are new to French cuisine or looking to expand your culinary skills, this book is a delightful companion that promises to bring a taste of France to your dinner table, one easy and delicious dish at a time.