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Ripailles

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In France, where eating is a national pastime, the long, leisurely Sunday lunch is a feast for the senses. It is this quality that acclaimed chef and author Stéphane Reynaud captures so perfectly in his paean to traditional French cooking. Rustic and approachable, humorous and convivial, French Feasts features 299 recipes for beloved dishes like patés, gratins, savory tart...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Murdoch (first published January 1st 2007)
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Catherine Woodman
The title and subtitle of this book fail to convey the singularly funky nature of this cookbook--the recipes occupy only about 1/3 of the book's real estate--the rest is photos of the food--every dish has a picture, and a nice one at that. The photography shares the front cover with author, which is deserved. Also, there are collages of places and regions in France, as well as drawings, cartoons, and a fair bit f humor throughout. At this point, I have about 15 French cookbooks and would not add...more
Wayne
May 13, 2009 Wayne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: food
This is a terrifically fun cookbook. The recipes are not meant for the faint of heart or the inexperienced cook. Some are dreadfully oversimplified, kind of like your grandmother would do in explaining how to do something in the kitchen, only to find hours later that 20 other steps were left out of her initial instructions. But the book and the ideas are a treasure. A lovely compilation of traditional french meals, straight from the corner bistro or straight from your French Granny.
Katie
I should have realized before checking this out of the library that it would be a meat focused recipe book. Despite this, the non-meat recipes and desserts look delicious. Also, it's beautiful to look at. Wonderful food photography and fun extras like French songs and information about what wine is best paired with each recipe.
Carol
May 02, 2011 Carol rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: food
I bought Porc and Sons by the same author. I really enjoy Reynaud's style of cook book. It is not just a collection of recipes but a collection of stories. This is French home cooking. Des bon petits plats bien cuisinees.

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"Absolutely brilliant. One of the best French cookbooks I've seen." --Fork Magazine
Kate SouthernBelleSimple
This book is enormous & gorgeous to behold....I don't care to own it, but it was a lovely romp through the world of French cooking. Even if I wouldn't try to make many of the recipes, some seemed do-able (less intimidating) and I jotted them down. If you love France, give it a look, even if just from the public library!
Avis Black
A solid book on classical French cooking, but I'm not rating it higher than a three because practically every recipe requires meat except the desserts, and almost every dish requires wine. I'd prefer seeing a wider range of choices and ingredients.
Gaye
What a gorgeous book! I'm not a gourmet cook so I will only attempt a few of these recipes; however I did pore over every page with great delight. This is not your typical cookbook (in style or in recipes).
Take a look at when you can!
Melanie
Feb 08, 2009 Melanie added it
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Well,kind of reading...
Just bought it and cooking books are a constant companion in my life...
More for the "reading" than for the actually cooking,but that's going to change!!!! REALLY!!!! ;)
Molly
Absolutely beautiful, and fun to read. Not something I would add to my home collection, however, just because of the overwhelming amount of meat. Still, worth looking through!
Jenny
Ripailles (French for Feasts) is a beautifully illustrated book about French cuisine. A pleasure to browse and read!
Tama
As my daughter would say, OMG.
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