Dinner Chez Moi
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dinner Chez Moi , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Mar 24, Mary rated it it was ok. The Gist What the cookbook is: An afterthought addition to a French themed gift basket full of wine and cheese. What the cookbook is not: Sure of what it is. Who this book is best suited for: A young woman looking for a light escape from university finals. Or the beginner cook. Three words to sum it up: Bard describes her past-self as a typical American because we all love Kraft singles and General Tso's chicken who's done a complete since moving to France.
There, she's found The Gist What the cookbook is: There, she's found a love for fresh, seasonal, and unfamiliar ingredients. She speaks to writing a book for people in the states who are trying to find a similar love in their own lives and kitchens. Though that's mentioned in her intro, it is soon apparent that the book's purpose is not clear--I couldn't quite figure out what it was trying to do. Is it meant to be a listicle? Bard lists 50 'secrets' for why French cooking and lifestyle is preferable to the American way.
Something about the written descriptions under each feels pretentiously bright and enthusiastic, and don't seem to be contributing very much. Is it a memoir about living in France? Throughout the book, Bard uses personal anecdotes and life lessons she's learned from the people in France but offers little to no insight.
A Cookbook Review: Dinner Chez Moi by Elizabeth Bard
She does the exact opposite by using insipid metaphors instead. Mine is at once alluring and reassuring, like having a cute doctor. He gives me the confidence to try new things, like rabbit, which I would never buy under cellophane. And then there's this one: Like a red bra under your business suit, [using cinnamon with meat and vegetables] changes everything, even though you might be the only one who knows it's there.
Some might find these quips funny or endearing.
I couldn't help but find them distracting and they feel like, in some ways, desperate attempts by the author to relate to her readers. Is it a diet book? I got exhausted reading about eating habits, banished ingredients snacks, condiments, sugar, etc , and small portions. To be honest, I felt a little like I was being chastised for occasionally wanting a little Duke's mayonnaise spread on my turkey sandwich or wanting a Reese's peanut butter cup after a bad day. But act your age and leave the candy for the kids.
I'd like to have seen her describe why French food is better for its quality than for its benefit to one's waistline. Or is it a cookbook? While nontraditional in the sense that it dips its toe in all the things listed above, it's definitely an intro-level cookbook. I chose to test it because it promised to be fast. And it was, which I appreciated.
Dinner Chez Moi: 50 French Secrets to Joyful Eating and Entertaining
However, in this particular recipe, the directions are formatted as one big paragraph versus individual steps. I found myself hunting for what to do next. The directions also puzzled me.
The entire book is written for the beginner cook, as evidenced by its inclusion of directions defining that raw shrimp are gray rather than pink. Bard advises to cook the 'chickpeas [until] they start to make a sound like popcorn. And her direction to cook frozen shrimp until they 'are pink and just cooked through. Perhaps this is Bard's attempt to be more casual and conversational versus technical in her instruction. Burned chickpeas and semi-raw shrimp aside, the flavors of the recipe were lackluster at best.
In the end, it's safe to say Dinner Chez Moi doesn't offer very much that is significant.
Maybe Bard could have done more if she had focused on just one idea for her book. I'm sure there are women out there perhaps fans of her previous books who this book will speak to, but I'm afraid I'm not one of them. I received a copy in advance of the official release date for the purposes of an honest review.
Jul 02, Graeme Roberts rated it it was amazing. Elizabeth Bard is a charming and unpretentious guide to French home cooking and family life, in four parts: Ingredients, Equipment, Rituals, and Family. She moved to France after meeting a French man in New York, and has lived there for fifteen years in Paris and Provence, where they own an ice cream shop. The elegant, attractive book contains much useful and interesting knowledge, interspersed with simple, quick, healthy, and delicious recipes, some of which I have written down.
I recognize much Elizabeth Bard is a charming and unpretentious guide to French home cooking and family life, in four parts: I recognize much of what Ms. Bard and others admire so much about the French approach to food and eating as being true in Asian cultures well.
Dinner Chez Moi book review
My Taiwanese wife of 33 years brought a profound knowledge of healthy eating and delicious cooking to our marriage, and instilled a much needed eating discipline not quite so rigorous as the French to our kids, in always eating together, not eating between meals, and taking smaller quantities. I contributed the Australian "cuisine" of the 's, consisting of English-style meat and two veg meals, with American convenience added in the form of Kraft cheese and canned spaghetti. Bard acknowledges that her Jewish American family's food was much worse: I grew up in Bruce Springsteen's USA of the s, eating instant macaroni, General Tso's chicken, and vanilla frosting out of the can.
I did not have a French grandmother who made me leek soup or served me fish with the head on. Like almost everyone I knew, I ate baked beans and fish sticks. Cheese meant fluorescent orange Kraft singles. The audience for this book is probably largely female, so I didn't mind her woman-to-woman tone. It took me back to reading my mother's copy of the Australian Women's Weekly in desperate boredom and the search for bra ads.
Aug 25, Tracy rated it really liked it Shelves: Who will probably like this book? Foodies, Francophiles, and people who have believed any of the above, but are open to hearing reasons they might want to change their minds. The recipes are simple and quick, the book is also easy to read. I enjoyed my copy from the library renewed it instead of returning it , and have it on my list of cookbooks I might possibly buy. Apr 04, Samantha Verant rated it it was amazing. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Looking for beautiful books?
Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Review Text "Bard's inspiring cookbook explains how to cultivate French-style eating habits that encourage healthy thinness along with essential joie de vivre. Bard Lunch in Paris , raised in an American home where processed cheese and bottled salad dressing were staples, has the enthusiastic zeal of a convert to her French husband's ways Sitting down to eat together and not snacking through the day are approachable goals; conquering American portion sizes will be the real French revolution.
Review quote "Bard's inspiring cookbook explains how to cultivate French-style eating habits that encourage healthy thinness along with essential joie de vivre.
A Memoir With Recipes, took place. The true secret of her 50 secrets is really a willingness to apply self-discipline to ingredients, equipment, rituals, and family--the categories into which she's divided her hints. Olive oil is number one, and hardly revelatory; wine and dark chocolate are equally unsurprising, though her advice to combine a square of the latter with herbal tisane to hydrate and curb appetite is hard-core insider knowledge.
The ingredient-specific recipes are solid, authentic French home cooking, introduced with stories of discovery: How food is consumed is as important as the meal content. Sitting down to eat together and not snacking through the day are approachable goals; conquering American portion sizes will be the real French revolution.
No one's rated or reviewed this product yet. Skip to main content. Tips, tricks and recipes to make your feasts and fetes more French, from the New York Times bestselling author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence When Elizabeth Bard, a New Yorker raised on Twizzlers and instant mac and cheese, fell for a handsome Frenchman and moved to Paris, she discovered a whole new world of culinary delights. First in Paris, then in a tiny village in Provence, Elizabeth explored the markets, incorporating new ingredients and rituals into her everyday meals and routines.
After 15 years of cooking in her own French kitchen, making French friends--and observing her slim and elegant French mother-in-law--Elizabeth has gathered a treasure trove of information that has radically changed her own eating habits for the better.