This is a great book if you are a lover of french food, I bought this book after a trip to France as I wanted to try and cook some of the delicious food I'd had on my holiday. After looking at many different cookbooks I decided to go for this one as I am a big fan of Joanne Harris' Chocolate.
The recipes in the book are fairly simple to make and are accompanied by easy to follow instructions and plenty of pictures. So far all the recipes I have made have been a success! There are also lots of photos of french architecture, countryside and other french style photos which is great for inspiration.
Many of the recipes in the book are Joanne Harris' which have been passed down through her family. Joanne Harris is the author of several fiction books including Chocolate and Five Quarters of the Orange, many of her books have a french cuisine theme running through them that leave your mouth watering wishing you could try it. Fran Warde, the other author of this book, is a professional and trained chef. Many of the recipes have names which are used within Joanne Harris' books, such as Anouchka's Garlic bread - which adds that little bit of extra charm if you love her other books.
Overall I would say this is a great and inspiring cookbook and a must of for any fan of french cuisine. The recipes are simple and easy to follow and it is full of wonderful and inspiring photography of french food, architecture and the french way of life. Great if you fancy cooking up some french food!
I got given this recipe book as a wedding gift and it truly is a lovely gift to give or receive. It's a big (256 pages of about A4 size) paperback book with loads of photos. The book has tons of photos, many full page of France generally as well as the food, to get you in the mood and inspired. It is lovely just to flick through and imagine (or reminisce) a holiday in France.
The recipe book is written by Joanne Harris and Fran Warde. Fran Warde is a trained chef. Many of you will know Joanne Harris as the author of Chocolat, 5 Quarters of the Orange and other novels. All of her books feature food because Joanne Harris has many French recipes passed down from her family. Some of the recipes have nice names like Anouchka's Garlic bread (her duaghter's name, and a character in Chocolat).
There are sections on Salads, soups, fish, poultry, chocolate, desserts etc. The sections include some tips and basic skills as well as the mouth-watering recipes. The recipes are clear and easy to follow, and usually have pictures to help. There are two useful indexes at the back.
This is a great recipe book to cook from, but more than that, just to read and soak up the French way of life!
Joanne Harris' bestselling novels, Chocolat, Blackberry Wine and Five-Quarters of the Orange, are affectionately known as her culinary trilogy. In them, Joanne Harris whets our appetites with some tantalisingly delicious recipes taken from her own grandmere's recipe book. For, like Framboise, the heroine of Five-Quarters of the Orange, Joanne has family recipes which have been passed down through the generations and which she shares with us now in a mouth-watering celebration of French cuisine. From pumkin soup to Moules Mariniere, from Tarte aux cassis to Fouace Aveyronnaise (Grandmother's festival loaf), and taking in salads, starters, fish, poultry and plenty more along the way, these are simple and stylish recipes from the heart of the French family kitchen. Illustrated with stunning integrated photographs and complemented by anecdotes from her family, past and present, The French Kitchen will be a must-have cookbook for all lovers of food and France.