I love big, beautiful French cookbooks, and this one tops my “favorites” list! Hillary Davis has done it again with her fabulous book, “Le French Oven”!
“Le French Oven” By: Hillary Davis
I absolutely fell in love with Hillary’s book “French Comfort Food” about a year ago, and still highly recommend it to anyone who asks about cookbook recommendations. It’s a big beautiful book filled with not only gorgeous photographs, but recipes so mouth watering, you will want to run to the kitchen and start cooking… or BAKING if you are like me…
Hillary’s new book “Le French Oven” has now joined the ranks of “French Comfort Food” as one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE cookbooks! (I’m actually buying this cookbook for a lot of my fellow “foodie friends”…) Once you pick this book up, you’ll understand why I’m going so crazy over it!
This book’s primary focus is cooking in dutch ovens – hence the name, “Le French Oven”. It’s so unique in this way, and actually creates a whole new genre of cookbooks that I hadn’t even thought of before. It really breathes life into an area of French cooking that so many of you will appreciate.
At the beginning of this book, Hillary explains the type and brand of “french ovens” that you’ll either get familiar with, or are already familiar with, as well as “how to choose your french oven”, and “how to care for your french oven”. So – just in case you aren’t sure where to start…Hillary helps you out! I’ve loaned this cookbook to my Grandma Barbra who said she was “just as impressed with the writing” as she was the recipes. It’s no secret that Hillary Davis is not only a talented recipe developer, but also a terrific writer. It’s this writing that will jump out at you, and make you love and appreciate this book even more.
Just some of the fabulous recipes included are…
“Fondue Mac ‘n’ Cheese” (page 35), “Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Dipping Sauce” (page 43), “Artichoke Parmesan Soup” (page 54), “Fireside Duck and Cabbage Soup” (page 61), “Velvety Pumpkin Pie Soup” (which is FABULOUS and so flavorful – page 64), “Super Creamy Goat Cheese Vegetable Lasagna” (page 76), “Red Pepper, Potato and Tomato Casserole” (I love the flavor combinations in this casserole – page 84), “Thick Alsatian Pork Chops with Gingersnap Gravy” (page 91), “Whole Stuffed and Poached Chicken with Apples and Cider Sauce” (PERFECT for the upcoming fall months – page 102), “An Elegant Standing Beef Rib Roast” (page 111), “Braised Leeks and Swiss Chard with Feta and Raisins” (page 121), “Braised Cod with Potatoes and Onions” (page 126), “Country-Style Pork and Beef with Lentils and Vegetables” (page 130), “Basque Fish Stew” (page 146), “Sweet Potato Chips” (page 156), “Leftover Mashed Potato Croquettes” (page 158), “Lemon Lovers’ Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd” (WONDERFUL – page 168), “Banana Rice Pudding” (page 170), “Vanilla Cheesecakes with Fresh Strawberry Compote” (page 178), “Warm Chocolate Semolina Spoon Cake” (page 185), “Fresh Strawberry Jam” (page 197) and “Holiday Party Mulled Wine” (page 205).
Now, really? How fabulous does that sound?
The recipes included are really creative, flavorful and something that can’t be found in other French cookbooks. This book is truly a stand alone in terms of creativity and beauty. Fabulous book!
It goes without saying, that I HIGHLY recommend you buy this book, as well as “French Comfort Food” by learning more and following this link…
The personal views and reviews of this blog are mine and mine alone. Any opinion or thought expressed are strictly my own. Shout out and special thanks to Hillary Davis for this opportunity. More information can be found by emailing me your questions.