The French Menu Cookbook: The Food and Wine of France--Season by Delicious Season--in Beautifully Composed Menus for American Dining and Entertaining by an American Living in Paris... Paperback – Mar 15 2011
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“Earlier this year, OFM's expert panel voted this the best cookbook of all time. Only problem was it was out of print. But it has been reissued, so now everyone can delight in Olney's passionate, idiosyncratic rendering of French cuisine.”
—The Observer Food Monthly, 25 Best Cookbooks of 2010, 11/14/10
FROM THE HARDCOVER EDITION:
"Here's a blessing . . . and it's not in disguise."
—Newark Star Ledger
"The writer to whom Olney immediately demands comparison is Elizabeth David. The prose of each is characterized by an aesthetic sensibility enmeshed in the stabilizing regimen of a strictly imposed self-discipline."
—John Thorne, author of Pot on the Fire
"Richard Olney is someone who truly lives what he believes-cooking simply from the garden and drinking wonderful wines from the cellar. His FRENCH MENU COOKBOOK is an inspiration, giving a lasting insight into a special way of life."
About the Author
Born and raised in Iowa, RICHARD OLNEY (1927–1999) was one of the most distinguished and influential food writers in recent history. Olney moved to France in his mid-20s, and resided in Paris and Provence. He wrote a column for the journal Cuisine et Vins de France and edited Time-Life’s 28-volume The Good Cook series. Olney authored eight books, including Simple French Food and Lulu’s Provençal Table.
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The book begins by outlining the approach taken throughout. Then, introductory discussions of wine, reds versus whites versus roses; wine cellars; temperature. Then, a discussion ensues of the variety of wines by region in France. Nice discussions of Beaujolais and Bordeaux. Next, what should go into a kitchen (what types of knives, for instance). Then, on to the menus and recipes.
One thing I enjoy when seeing a new cookbook is to check out any recipes for a dish that I have already cooked. And, here, I enjoyed comparing how my basic Beef burgundy (Boeuf a la bourguignon) recipe compares with the one in this book. Some recipes contain carrots and others don't. This one uses carrots, which is my preference. This recipe calls for cognac, not something that routinely goes into a recipe. Another recipe where I enjoyed comparing what the author, Richard Olney, does with what I do--Coq au vin.
I have always wanted to try making Quenelle. I once had a delicious Quenelle in Dole (France) and have never gotten around to trying to make this (also, I'm not sure my family would be excited by it!). I'll pass on this recipe, since it is much more difficult to make than others that I have seen. But just looking at the recipe has increased my enthusiasm to make some Quenelle!
So, all in all, a nice cookbook, originally published in 1970.
I have only experienced about 10% of the recipes, but it's enough to keep the book on my most prominent shelf in the kitchen.
...with appetizer to dessert menus that work together beautifully, this collection of delectable recipes takes all the stress out of planning the perfect dinner party.