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My French Kitchen by Joanne Harris
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Oct 15, 2009

it was amazing

This cookbook is so much more than merely a cookbook. Indeed, it offers many, many recipes; however, it also offers background and anecdotes that help relay why certain dishes are so important in France and to the author. This book translates the food culture of France. And, although it may at face value presume to be decadent and rich, not all of it is thus...but all that I've tried has been over-the-top good.

Although I already knew the importance and requirements of a bechamel sauce prior to reading this cookbook, Harris' book helped me learn its many applications - soups, side dishes, deserts, etc. Further, this book introduced the notion of employing ground nut meal rather than flour in desserts. The dessert concoction I made with such ingredients (including $15 worth of chocolate) was such a hit that I was asked if I purchased it at a gourmet restaurant. :)
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