Synopses & Reviews
If youand#8217;re looking for the best biscuit to dunk in your tea, the ideal temperature at which to serve real ale or the perfect pasty for your trip to the seaside, you either
A)and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Have been desperately seeking a book exactly like this one or,
B)and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Have secretly become British without realizing it.
If you chose A, congratulations, you are an Anglophile! And, if you chose B, donand#8217;t panic. With the help ofand#160;Stuff Brits Like, you will soon discover the joy of these and many more delightful British peculiarities and can develop an upper lip as stiff as any youand#8217;ve seen onand#160;Downton Abbey.
British native Fraser McAlpine set out to do for his countrymen what Stuff Parisians Like did for their neighbors across the channeland#151;offering a guide to their particular tastes and eccentricities with all the cheeky wit you might expect from the people who gave you Noand#235;l Coward and Eddie Izzard.
You may know to say football instead of soccer and crisps instead of chips. You may even know why taking the piss is more fun and less unsanitary than it sounds. But with Stuff Brits Like, youand#8217;ll be ready for the next pub quiz in no time.
"'Tepid city for a tepid people' is this satirical survey's sniffy verdict on what is apparently the world's dullest cultural epicenter. Magny, the sommelier at a Paris wine-tasting school, nods at felicitous urban stuff (Berthillon's ice cream shop, the Place des Vosges), fashion dogmas, and quirky idioms (putain 'whore' is the all-purpose intensifier in his Euro-trashy circles), but these are rare respites in a comprehensive attack on Parisians' rancid characters and deluded mores. The author insists that Parisian women are sexless and uptight, that Parisian men all seem gay, and that both sexes are haughty, nasty, neurotic, hypocritical, and maddeningly hard to fire. What they really like, it seems, is pretentious conversation, feigned angst that passes for intellectual depth, being coddled by bureaucracy while longing for more entrepreneurial climes, and feeling superior to tourists. At the heart of Magny's critique is his boredom with Paris, its lack of a singles' scene and dearth of 'cool bars' and 'fun clubs' a complaint that sets up a self-serving plug for his own wine bar. This book is essentially a party boy's snide polemic against a city that values intelligence and seriousness. Photos. (July 5)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Reviews for Chocolate and Zucchini:
and#8220;Clotilde Dusoulier, a young French woman who discovered her love for food in the United States, shares with readers her lighthearted, enthusiastic, and thoroughly modern approach to a very personal culinary passion.and#8221;
and#8212;Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of On Rue Tatin and The French Farmhouse Cookbook
"This collection of remarkably accomplished recipes, from market-fresh salads to indulgent desserts, includes a soupand#231;on of tasty tales and tips from Clotildeand#8217;s Parisian kitchen, and is sure to inspire readers and cooks no matter where they live."
and#8212;David Lebovitz, author of The Perfect Scoop and Room For Dessert
"Is there any food lover who doesn't dream about living, cooking, and eating in Paris? This charming homage to French home cooking feeds that fantasy with a feast."
and#8220;Clotilde Dusoulierand#8217;s comfortable, homey food has just the right amount of authentic French flair, and her stories of life in Paris speak to foodand#8217;s universal ability to bring people together and make them happy. Of course, being transported to Paris never hurts either.and#8221;
Reviews for The French Market Cookbook:
and#8220;Vegetable dishes at their brightest and most imaginative! Clotilde adds a touch of surprise to every recipe. Who needs beef in shepherdand#8217;s pie when you can have lentils and broccoli? Not Clotilde . . . and now not moi.and#8221;
and#8220; and#8216;Food bloggerand#8217; doesnand#8217;t do Clotilde Dusoulier justice. True, sheand#8217;s amassed a cult following with her pioneering website, but sheand#8217;s also a journalist with her finger on the pulse of Parisian cultureand#8212;and an expert and wholly original cook. With its delicious, vegetable-driven take on French cuisine, The French Market Cookbook is a triumph of all Dusoulier brings to the table, as enlightened and joyous as the woman behind it.and#8221;
and#8220;Coaxing out each ingredient's true, rich flavor remains the book's greatest triumph and#8230; Dusoulier's refreshingly simple, yet comprehensive, manual urges that we go to the market to "be surprised and seduced by the ingredients," to which we answer "oui."and#8221; and#160;
and#8220;We know the French have a way with butter, cheese and wine, but they're also supertalented with preparing green beans, eggplant and cabbage. And while "healthy French food" may sound like an oxymoron, Clotilde Dusoulier, who lives in Paris and writes the blog Chocolate and Zucchini, promises veggies don't have to be doused in cream or mixed with a pile of pasta to taste delicious.and#8221;
and#8211; Oprah.com, The Best Cookbooks of Summer 2013
and#8220;If you canand#8217;t make it to France this summer, The French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier will teach your Union Square spoils to speak francais. No heavy white sauces or elaborate steps here, just regional, ingredient-driven, rustic-elegant fare and#8230; Get the taste of jealousy out of your mouth with cherry-rose compote or peach clafoutis, ooh la la.and#8221;
and#8211; Edible Manhattan
"Vibrant photographs throughout highlight the textures, colors, and simplicity of Dusoulier's fare and will inspire readers to either cook or book a trip to France."
and#8211; Publishers Weekly
In the tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like, a tongue-in-cheek homage to Parisians.
To be mistaken for a Parisian, readers must buy the newspaper Le Monde, fold it, and walk. Then sit at a café and make phone calls. Be sure to order San Pellegrino, not any other kind of fizzy water. They shouldn't be surprised when a waiter brings out two spoons after they order le moelleux au chocolat- it is understood that the dessert is too sinfully delicious not to share. Go to l'île Saint-Louis-all Parisians are irredeemably in love with that island. Feel free to boldly cross the street whenever the impulse strikes-pedestrian crosswalks are too dangerous. If they take a cruise on the Seine, they will want to stand outside, preferably with their collar popped up. If they want to decorate, may we suggest the photographs of Robert Doisneau? To truly be cool in Paris, own an iPhone, wear Converse sneakers, and order sushi. And as they stroll through the Luxembourg Gardens, remember-they can't go wrong wearing black.
The idiosyncrasies of language can tell us a lot about a culture. In this delightful book, Clotilde Dusoulier, creator of the award-winning food blog Chocolate and Zucchini, delves into the history and meaning of fifty of the French languageand#8217;s most popular food-related expressions.
Accompanied by beautiful watercolor illustrations by artist Mand#233;lina Josserand, Edible French explores whimsical turns of phrase such as:
Tomber dans les pommes (falling into the apples) = fainting
Se faire rouler dans la farine (being rolled in flour) = being fooled
Avoir un cand#339;ur dand#8217;artichaut (having the heart of an artichoke) = falling in love easily
A treat of a read for Francophiles and food lovers alike, Edible French is the tastiest way to explore French cultureand#151;one that will leave you in high spiritsand#151;or, as the French say, vous donnera la pand#234;che (give you the peach).
About the Author
is the thirtysomething Parisienne behind the award-winning food blog Chocolate and Zucchini,
in which she shares her passion for all things edible. Her focus is on fresh, colorful, and seasonal foods, making room for both wholesome, nourishing dishes and sweet treats. An enthusiastic explorer of flavors and acute observer of culinary trends, she contributes to food and travel magazines around the world, and has authored cookbooks and a guidebook. She lives in Paris, in the Montmartre neighborhood, with her boyfriend and their young son.
Mand#233;lina Josserand is a mother of four, a full-time lawyer, and a watercolor artist. Born and raised in France in the back of an antiques gallery, she now lives and works in London.