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My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories

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A collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David's Parisian kitchen.

It’s been ten years since David Lebovitz packed up his most treasured cookbooks, a well-worn cast-iron skillet, and his laptop and moved to Paris. In that time, the culinary culture of France has shifted as a new generation of chefs and home cooks — most notably in Paris — incorporates ingredients and techniques from around the world into traditional French dishes.

In My Paris Kitchen, David remasters the classics, introduces lesser-known fare, and presents 100 sweet and savory recipes that reflect the way modern Parisians eat today. You’ll find Soupe à l’oignon, Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as Smoky barbecue-style pork, Lamb shank tagine, Dukkah-roasted cauliflower, Salt cod fritters with tartar sauce, and Wheat berry salad with radicchio, root vegetables, and pomegranate. And of course, there’s dessert: Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, Duck fat cookies, Bay leaf poundcake with orange glaze, French cheesecake... and the list goes on. David also shares stories told with his trademark wit and humor, and lush photography taken on location around Paris and in David’s kitchen reveals the quirks, trials, beauty, and joys of life in the culinary capital of the world.

Review:

"In his latest work, Lebovitz, a professional cook, baker (he spent 13 years as pastry chef at the famed Chez Panisse), author (he's written both cookbooks and a memoir), and food blogger brings readers a delightful slice of France. Lebovitz showcases how Parisians cook and eat today — 'there is a brigade of younger chefs in Paris quietly rebranding French cuisine and, paradoxically, updating it by taking it back to its humbler roots — to le cuisine du Marché (market cuisine). To start, there's a lovely mix of traditional French dishes, such as eggplant caviar, onion tart, as well as spiced meatballs with Sriracha sauce, and Egyptian spiced nut mix. This kind of diversity continues throughout the following chapters. Appetizers include tabbouleh; duck terrine with figs; and a grated carrot salad. For 'Plats,' or main dishes, the author gives us Chicken with Mustard; counterfeit duck confit (less fuss and no mess); caramel pork ribs; and a cassoulet. Desserts — a warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, and a bay leaf pound cake with orange glaze — will tempt even the most reluctant baker. A lovely volume, with the perfect combination of unexpected and expected dishes, French food personalized and demystified for the home cook in the best way." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

“David Lebovitz is a rare specimen: both a terrific storyteller and a brilliant, uncompromising recipe writer. His lighthearted, almost satirical style is combined with far-reaching knowledge of food and its context. I’d follow him blindfolded on this journey to the City of Light.” Yotam Ottolenghi, coauthor of Jerusalem

Review:

“David Lebovitz is a chef who can write better than most food writers, a writer who can hold his own in any restaurant kitchen in the world, and, most of all, a guy who simply rejoices in food and cooking. This may be his most personal cookbook, describing all facets of his cooking life in Paris, with great stories, information, and recipes. I need two copies of this book: one for the kitchen and another by my reading chair.” Michael Ruhlman, author of Ruhlman’s Twenty

Review:

“Opening this beautiful book is like opening the door to David’s Paris. Of course, you get great recipes, but you also get to wander the world’s most delicious city with a friend who knows it well and is excited to share it with you. A treat for those of us who love French home cooking, Paris, and David’s take on it all.” Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table

Review:

“David Lebovitz is the ultimate American in Paris and this book is the ultimate insight into his beautiful and delicious world. I am beyond jealous!” Suzanne Goin, author of The A.O.C. Cookbook

About the Author

David Lebovitz has been a professional cook and baker for most of his life; he spent nearly thirteen years at Chez Panisse until he left the restaurant business in 1999 to write books. He moved to Paris in 2004 and turned davidlebovitz.com into a phenomenally popular blog. He is the author of six books, including The Perfect Scoop, Ready for Dessert, The Great Book of Chocolate, and a memoir called The Sweet Life in Paris, and he was named one of the Top Five Pastry Chefs in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle. David has also been featured in Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Cook’s Illustrated, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Saveur, Travel + Leisure, and more.

Table of Contents

Introduction 

Ingredients 

Equipment 

 

Appetizers    

mis-en-bouche

First Courses   

entrées

Main Courses    

plats

Sides      

accompagnements

Desserts      

les desserts

Pantry    

ingrédients de base

 

Sources 

Acknowledgments 

Index

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Chocolate and Croissants, November 29, 2014 (view all comments by Chocolate and Croissants)
My Paris Kitchen has been the perfect bedtime reading. I have followed David's blog for a while and adore the book. What makes the book so good is everything. Having hailed from the U.S. David comprehends the differences that a flour or other ingredient can make between purchasing it in France vs. the U.S. I have metric measuring spoons I bought in France just to overcome this.
Each of David's recipes comes with a story. This is what makes the book so fascinating. While the recipe may not be for you, you learn why it is he came to make it. I have never met David, but must confess I do keep my eyes open for him as I stroll Marche Richard Lenoir. And yes, while I have never seen David, I did see and talk to another blogger once at Pierre Herme. David has a sense of humour. His stories and entertaining and just sweet.
Author Lebovitz understands that not everyone spent years at Chez Panisse and then gets to live in Paris. He starts off the book with some great references to ingredients and supplies. His book is organized into appetizers, first courses, main courses, sides, desserts and the pantry. The recipes are what I would describe as French home cooking (something President Mitterand) would have approved of if David was in his kitchen. Who would not be happy to be served chicken with mustard for dinner or chicken lady chicken cooked in a cast-iron skillet or fried ham and cheese sandwich, un croque monsieur for those in the know. There are some recipes that I do not think of as traditional French, baba ganoush and hummus but this just adds to the book. You will also find a wonderful recipe for a fresh herb omelet, and crepes.
The book is just lovely. An added bonus is he will tell you what pan to use. For recipes made in the cast-iron skillet I consider this non-negotiable. David, has his state-side readers in mind and has a great page full of resources for herbs and supplies. I have frequented many of the vendors on my own and can attest to them.
Whether you want to dream of eating French for or strolling through Paris this is a book that any cook or Francophile will enjoy. It is a cookbook first, but also a story about his life in France and the food he has discovered.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781607742678
Author:
Lebovitz, David
Publisher:
Ten Speed Press
Subject:
French
Subject:
Cooking and Food-French
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
10.2 x 8.2 x 1.3 in 2.9563 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his latest work, Lebovitz, a professional cook, baker (he spent 13 years as pastry chef at the famed Chez Panisse), author (he's written both cookbooks and a memoir), and food blogger brings readers a delightful slice of France. Lebovitz showcases how Parisians cook and eat today — 'there is a brigade of younger chefs in Paris quietly rebranding French cuisine and, paradoxically, updating it by taking it back to its humbler roots — to le cuisine du Marché (market cuisine). To start, there's a lovely mix of traditional French dishes, such as eggplant caviar, onion tart, as well as spiced meatballs with Sriracha sauce, and Egyptian spiced nut mix. This kind of diversity continues throughout the following chapters. Appetizers include tabbouleh; duck terrine with figs; and a grated carrot salad. For 'Plats,' or main dishes, the author gives us Chicken with Mustard; counterfeit duck confit (less fuss and no mess); caramel pork ribs; and a cassoulet. Desserts — a warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce, and a bay leaf pound cake with orange glaze — will tempt even the most reluctant baker. A lovely volume, with the perfect combination of unexpected and expected dishes, French food personalized and demystified for the home cook in the best way." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “David Lebovitz is a rare specimen: both a terrific storyteller and a brilliant, uncompromising recipe writer. His lighthearted, almost satirical style is combined with far-reaching knowledge of food and its context. I’d follow him blindfolded on this journey to the City of Light.”
"Review" by , “David Lebovitz is a chef who can write better than most food writers, a writer who can hold his own in any restaurant kitchen in the world, and, most of all, a guy who simply rejoices in food and cooking. This may be his most personal cookbook, describing all facets of his cooking life in Paris, with great stories, information, and recipes. I need two copies of this book: one for the kitchen and another by my reading chair.”
"Review" by , “Opening this beautiful book is like opening the door to David’s Paris. Of course, you get great recipes, but you also get to wander the world’s most delicious city with a friend who knows it well and is excited to share it with you. A treat for those of us who love French home cooking, Paris, and David’s take on it all.”
"Review" by , “David Lebovitz is the ultimate American in Paris and this book is the ultimate insight into his beautiful and delicious world. I am beyond jealous!”
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