- 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: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Paris Express Hardcover – Apr 15 2014
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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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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.
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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