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Paris Express [Hardcover]

Laura Calder
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Book Description

April 7 2014

Paris Express is a book of quick, modern recipes that will have you breezily whipping up gorgeous French meals in the blink of an eye. While not every recipe here is a fifteen-minute miracle-some do take a little bit of time, but no effort-each one will transport you into a Paris state of mind: a place of breeziness, insouciance, whimsy, beauty and delight. Frankly, to a place where time slows down a bit.

With full-colour photography, roughly 120 fabulous recipes, sample menus and a generous smattering of art de vivre, tips and ideas Paris Express is a confidence-building companion for home cooks who have no time to fuss, but whose lives in the kitchen (and elsewhere) are craving instant cheer, indulgence and inspiration.

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"Laura Calder's french approach to food is refreshing and smart. . . . She shares her delight and enjoyment of the pleasures of the table with us, making this a book for everybody who loves to eat." —Jennifer Mclagan, author of Fat, Bones and Odd Bits

"Almost all of Calder's recipes are barely a page long, and that's only because of those frank and funny introductions. Her recipes for dishes such as Camembert Salmon, Scallops in Velvet, and The Lemon Tart of My Dreams, are simple, approachable, and manageable. The ingredients are easy to find, and she's always suggesting options. Calder's is a sunny and welcome addition to the list of French cookbooks already out there, and happily, chefs of any skill level will enjoy her company in the kitchen." —Amazon

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

LAURA CALDER is host of Food Network Canada’s and the Cooking Channel’s James Beard Award–winning series French Food at Home. She is also author of the cookbook of the same name, as well as of the bestselling French Taste, which won the Cuisine Canada gold medal and was one of’s top 100 books of 2010. After a decade in France, Laura is now based in Canada. Check out her website at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another super book by Calder April 12 2014
Excellent recipes, excellent writing, and lovely presentation! I have all of Laura's cook books and make good use of them.. Bill Kamies
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobo and Paris Express cookbooks June 9 2014
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I have tried a couple of recipes from both cookbooks, and love them! Love the story behind Sobo, and I have been following Laura Calder for a few years. Just reading their cookbooks makes me want to cook!

Bea Lennan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Cookbook May 16 2014
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Ms. Calder has continued producing excellent cookbooks. This one rates up there with her other books, which I have all of. You might say I am a big fan of hers. Tried three of the recipes, and they were all magnificent (Sea Bass w/Spring Mushrooms and Fava Beans, Seared Duck with Plum Compote, and Viennese Veal Cutlet). The steps were easy to follow, and the results were as expected. Photos were excellent. Buy this book, you'll like it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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As Laura has subsequently stated after this book's release, the idea of quickly throwing together a French meal is anathema to her whole mission with her cookbooks. Rather the idea of this cookbook is to convey more than 'quick' recipes and cooking instructions, it is to evoke an essential understanding of the sublimely different manner the Europeans, at their best, experience and share the passage of time.

In contrast to the more English/North American view that expediency is a useful attribute to achieve in daily life. the French have a more relativistic point of view on how to 'spend' time wisely. The Calvinist idea of saving time "a stitch in time saves nine" etc. that gave credibility to the idea of convenience foods and 'dining on the go' simply seems like a fools errand in terms of the Parisienne dinner culture as Laura shows in this book.

The design of the recipes in this book, indeed the whole design of the book with Ancuta Iordachescu atmospheric photographs and Laura's prose about the seemingly mundane facets and features of preparing meals as a part of daily Parisienne life are meant to convey a mood about wisely spending leisure time. The recipes are mostly short and simple and even when they aren't they are meant to quickly convey the finished meal in a manner that allows you to confidently presume you can enjoy the preparation of the meal as a relaxing social experience that is just as much a part of the relaxed dining experience to follow. The book as a whole successfully promotes this subtly different view of saving time, not to be 'banked' for later use as the North American mindset would promote, but in order to savor the preparation/dining time as an average Parisienne would experience it--as part of a whole process of appreciating the 'now' of having a simple and wonderful meal with the people you love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous June 17 2014
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Wow, love this cookbook. I have made several recipes from here, a beautiful fennel and radicchio salad, raspberry clafoutis, and wonderful lamb chops.
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5.0 out of 5 stars but I think that this one is the best one yet Aug. 29 2014
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I am a real Laura Calder fan and have all her books, but I think that this one is the best one yet.
It is a beautiful book and with all of her views and comments on things, it is a delight just to read.
Her recipes are always excellent and French in the true sense of that term, as they are easy and
sensible and come out delicious every time. The kind of recipes you can make for company for the
first time and know you'll be okay.
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Since I could not wait for the book to arrive in the United States, I purchased the book through Amazon Canada. As usual, their shipping method was excellent, and the book arrived quickly. Laura Calder always has a unique and delicious way to prepare vegetables, and this book contains many of those recipes.
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