Just in case I didn’t make it perfectly clear from my Spiced Pecans and Cinnamon Pecan Brittle posts, I’m madly in love with Dorie Greenspan’s latest book Around My French Table –it’s quite a collection of recipes.
I was lucky enough to actually hear Dorie speak at Blogher Food 2010 and then meet her in person, during which time she actually ate one of my cookies. Oh my goodness!
The great thing about a book by Dorie is not just the amazing recipes, it’s also her voice. Every cue, every instruction, is in Dorie-ese, a cooking language that is of her own creation. Dorie does not merely tell the reader to “beat” an egg white, she says, “beat the egg white lightly with a fork, breaking up the white until it is runny.” Who would think of that type of cue? Definitely not me. That’s why I dig her! Dorie’s love of food and the language she uses to describe it are palpable. Sitting with the book is like sitting with her –an amazing experience, I can assure you.
Interspersed throughout the book are lovely little stories by Dorie, such as “Complaining the French Way,” in which she describes her detailed interaction with a saleswoman at one of the best cheese shops in Paris. Famous last words from Dorie regarding cultural differences, “In America, if you complain you’re a crank; in France you’re a connoisseur.”
Sitting down for an afternoon with this book is like chatting with a very warm and knowledgeable friend who knows a ton about food. It’s quite a conversation and you’ll learn a lot –I did.
Today I’m so happy to be giving away one copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. Everyone everywhere is eligible to win and I will pick the winner at random. Just leave a comment below and mention your favorite Dorie recipe or your favorite cookbook author by midnight, December 31st, 2010. Yup, that’s tomorrow!
Update: this giveaway is now over and the winner was Lenci!