Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide Day 1: The Bonne Femme Cookbook

About The Book:


250 recipes that focus on simple, fresh ingredients prepared well.

Wini Moranville draws on years of traveling to and living in France and serves up a hip, user-friendly volume that brings a wealth of up-to-date French recipes and time-saving techniques seamlessly into the American kitchen. Two main-dish chapters, "Saute, Deglaze, and Serve" and "Roast, Stew, or Braise," show readers how to turn out robust and delicious entrees in a genuine Frech style with ease. Soupes that range from light to substantial; salades, both simple and complex; and, of course, desserts round out the picture. In her recipes, wine suggestions, tips and shortcuts, and sidebars brimming with local color, Moranville gives French cooking an accessible and casual spin. 

About The Author:

For almost 20 years, Wini Moranville has spent six weeks each summer in France, staying for extended periods of time in one place. She and her husband faisaient le menage (kept house) like French people. this, of course, meant cooking at home, which entailed its own daily rituals: heading to the markets each morning, bargaining with the butcher, choosing the day's cheeses at the cheese shop, picking up a baquette at the boulangerie, and then heading home to dream up something wonderful to eat. 

In the United States, Wini Moranville writes a monthly wine column for Relish. She also writes about food and wine for Better Homes and Gardens, Country Home, Holiday Celebrations, Creative Home, and the Des Moines Register. Moranville lives in Des Moines, Iowa.


My Review:

Another fantastic cookbook for the food lover in your life, or a gift to yourself!

I have always admired women who could do French cooking like it was the easiest thing in the world. I have always been intimidated by French cooking, well until now. The Bonne Femme Cookbook includes traditional French Cooking with modern day recipes, and amazing tips and ideas for making your French Cooking experience an enjoyable one that you will want to repeat!

Each recipe is very easy to follow, and includes a ton of full color photos of the various recipes (I just wish my advance copy had the pictures). I was reminded at I took a look through this fantastic book, that spices add so much to meals and take a meal from blah to wow, with just a little sprinkle!

I have not yet had the opportunity to cook any of the recipes from the book, but am going through it and making my list of the recipes I want to try!

The Bonne Femme Cookbook is the perfect idea for the food lover in your life!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Bonne Femme Cookbook online through Amazon, as well as through your favorite local bookseller.

***I received a complimentary advance copy of the above book, courtesy of Thomas Allen and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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