Last time I was in France I got not one but four new cookbooks. Oh my, I must have been very good last year. Yes indeed all four of them are in French, so they should help me in maintaining and improving my French. They have beautiful photos, illustrations, and for a font freak like me, they are like being in font heaven!
Lets have a peak at them. The first three books were bought in a bookshop in Lille, which is reputed to be the biggest bookshop in Europe. However, I still secretly think that the bookshops I used to visit when I lived in Cambridge were a bit bigger.
Terrines by Rodolphe Paquin. This one was suggested to me by Mr. H. as I had recently been expressing a desire to make terrines, and he had read good reviews about it.
I read all of the introductory and generaI parts of the book when I was in the plane. I must say this book is so elegantly designed and the way everything is explained is so clear. I can’t wait to make my first terrine, though first I need to buy a few utensils I’m lacking of.
Mes Confitures Maison by Minouche Pastier. I selected this one because of my jam making obsession I developed last year of course.
It doesn’t have photos, but the book itself is so cute to look at. The last few pages are full of stickers that you can use to put on your jam jars and write their jam names. I thought it was an adorable idea.
Cheesecakes comme à New York by Sophie Dupuis-Gaulier. I chose this cookbook only because I think that cheesecakes are utterly fun. Also because I utterly love eating cheesecakes.
Sorry, may I also add that looking through this book is like being in a cheesecake photo and font party.
La cuisine des bistros. This last book was a last minute surprise. We were visiting a friend who is an amazing cook and runs a restaurant. When asked what is her favourite cookbook for very traditional French food, she said this one. Because she had two, she insisted that I have one of the copies, which was very kind. When I flip through it, I can also tell it’s been intensively used.
Now I really have plenty of recipes I must try out…
Thank you for reading!