Around My French Table

Dorie Greenspan taught me to bake. No, not in my kitchen, nor in hers, but she promised that even I, an extremely reluctant baker, could replicate her recipes in Baking: From My Home to Yours. She was right. I can now crank out (with confidence) several remarkable desserts. Baking, however, is not really my thing, I’m just as happy to pick up a linzer torte at Dagmar’s. But I do love to cook, especially big pots of things on Sunday that feed my family through Tuesday dinner. My copy of Dorie’s new book,  Around My French Table arrived Friday and I immediately got to it: family and houseguests alike loved the Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes and Prunes, a savory/sweet, impossibly simple one-pot meal. For breakfast we had Dorie’s version of Basque Potato Tortilla, an egg, onion and potato frittata that’s a great nosh to have around for lunch or cocktails, too. I even attempted dessert: Salted Butter Break-ups, because I can’t resist a sweet/salty treat and I happened to have all the ingredients on hand (and so will you: flour, butter, sugar and salt). Delish! The book addresses the way the French cook now: uncomplicated food with global influences. But here’s why I love to cook with Dorie: you can’t go wrong. Each recipe includes tips on serving, storing and making ahead and her books are almost more fun to read than to cook from.
p.s. Dorie devotees: join French Fridays With Dorie, an online bookclub, and cook your way through Around My French Table.
photo credit: Alan Richardson