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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (April 15 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443420204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443420204
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 26.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Amazon.ca’s top 100 books of 2010. After a decade in France, Laura is now based in Canada. Check out her website at www.lauracalder.ca.


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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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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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Love Laura Calder and enjoyed her television shows that I viewed when I lived in Asia (don't think they were shown on U.S. television). Her recipes are always inventive but true to their French roots. I particularly enjoyed the recipes she obtained from her many friends who reside in France. It's true that the French do not prepare elaborate meals every evening but, like their American counterparts, often serve simpler but always delicious fare. Laura demonstrates this in this volume. Paris Express brings back happy memories of my time living in Paris.
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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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Have tried several recipes and they DO NOT DISAPPOINT....as usual.
Brilliant Laura - thanks a million. Even my 4 year old loves the recipes. KUDOS for that one.
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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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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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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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