Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cookbooks I Recommend

For a great, simple and easy French cooking cookbook, I suggest Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) "Barefoot in Paris."
It has excellent recipes that are easy to follow. Be sure to try my favorite. The Ile Flottante with Creme Anglaise. I have made this many times and it is fantastic!
Riverside library has this cookbook in their collection.

My favorite bread cookbook is Rose Levy Beranbaum's "The Bread Bible." This has every type of bread you would ever want to make. Some are challenging, others are simple. I have made some and they are great.
Riverside library has this cookbook in their collection.

For Cakes, again I turn to Rose Levy Beranbaum and her "Cake Bible" Cookbook. You can challenge yourself with so many of these recipes or simply take the easy route and pick out the quick and easy recipes. Either way, this book is full of great cake recipes.
Riverside library has this cookbook in their collection.

For true French Cooking, I really like the original of all French Cooking Cookbooks, Escoffier's "Recipes From The French Classic Tradition." (Recipes are from his massive Cookbook "Le Guide Culinaire" which contains over 500o recipes.) He is credited with creating many of the basic French Classics still served today. This version of his cookbook is illustrated which makes it easier to see what the recipes should look like. Georges Auguste Escoffier (1846-1935) was probably France's most important chef. He was the chef at the Grand Hotel in Monte Carlo, The London Savoy, The Grand Hotel In Rome and the Hotel National in Lucerne.

Riverside library has this cookbook in their collection. Try it. True French Cooking at it's best.

1 comment:

Hafer Family said...

hey, I found your blog finally! I am proud to tell you that I have at least one of your recommended cookbooks- barefoot in paris. my sister-who is an excellent chef also, turned me onto the barefoot contessa. do you have the other one-family style? we tried the homemade marshmallows (because we love them from a little place in NY), and they are yummy!! Eddie has a connection to a lady that works in NY for "Food and Wine" mag. and she has sent us several "best of the best" cookbooks I should show you-someone that could maybe actually try the recipes! the only thing I have tried so far is a choc. chip cookie recipe that is really good. I am looking forward to your monthly classes. sorry for such a long comment!!!