REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY – The Bonne Femme Cookbook

| December 24, 2011
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The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day

  • Author: Wini Moranville
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Common Press (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558327495
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558327498

ABOUT THE BONNE FEMME COOKBOOK

When it comes to exquisite food, many have looked to France for inspiration: the care with which ingredients are prepared, the time taken to enjoy each delicious bite, and most importantly, the appetizing dishes themselves.

Many American home cooks may feel they have neither the time nor expertise to cook like the French. Yet according to food writer Wini Moranville, who has lived in France’s cozy villages and vibrant cities nearly every summer for 20 years, American cooks needn’t fear French cooking. They just need to learn the bonne femme style.

In The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day Wini brings authentic French food to American home cooks, with 250 recipes that reflect the way real French families eat today. With a focus on fresh, tasty ingredients and a generosity of spirit, it’s French cooking without fuss or fear.

Now that the typical bonne femme works outside of the home just like her American counterpart (and now that French men, like their American frères, are often in charge of getting dinner on the table), Wini’s emphasis is on easy techniques and speedy preparation. Her book shows readers that it is possible to cook and dine like the French, no matter where you live, without breaking the bank—or spending all day in the kitchen—to do so.

WINI MORANVILLE (www.chezbonnefemme.com) writes a monthly wine column for Relish, is a restaurant reviewer for The Des Moines Register and has contributed to many food magazines, including Better Homes and Gardens, Creative Home, and MasterChef magazine. She and her husband are based in Des Moines, Iowa.

MY THOUGHTS

I received a copy of The Bonne Femme cookbook. Chapters include

  • Nibbles, Amuse-Bouches, and cocktails Maison
  • Les Salades
  • Les Bonnes Soupes
  • Saute, Deglaze, and Serve
  • Braise, Stew, or Roast
  • Casseroles and Pasta
  • Les Sides
  • Les Tartines, Pizzas, and Savory Tarts
  • Eggs and Cheese
  • Les Desserts
  • Bonne Femme Basics

Recipes are easy to understand. Many of the ingredients are ones you are familiar with but there are some that you may have to visit a specialty store for. This cookbook contains no pictures, which is what is the biggest downfall for me. If I were wanting to try cooking recipes from a culture or background other then my own I’d surely want to know what that dish would and should look like. the cookbook also doesn’t contain prep and cooking time, which is one of the criteria I use to determine what I’m making. there are tips, stories and interesting pieces of background scattered throughout the book.

WIN IT!

ONE winner will receive their own copy of The Bonne Femme cookbook.

HOW TO ENTER. (MANDATORY)

To enter leave a comment on this post telling me if you’ve ever tried French cuisine and what it was if you did.

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THE SMALL PRINT.

The winner will be selected using the “And the winner is” plugin. US addresses only please, no PO Boxes. This contest will end on Monday 01/02/12 at 11:59 pm est.  If you’ve entered any of my giveaways before then you know that only comments containing all of the requested information will be eligible for entry. The winner must contact me to confirm they wish to receive the prize within two days of my email notifying them they’ve won.  Good luck to everyone!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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  1. Do the words simple and French freally match ever?

  2. debbie says:

    Yes, I have. When I was was young I had a boss that was French. She cooked me alot of things. I liked the coq au vin.
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  5. Nancy says:

    I’ve not really tried French cuisine, but I’d like to! (well, I did have French onion soup in Paris, if that counts!) It was great!

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  11. katklaw777 says:

    I have had French onion soup and Duck ala Orange cooked table-side but that is all I can remember…not my usual fare.

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  17. Trisha says:

    I’ve never eaten French but I would love to try it!
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