Thursday, 8 January 2015

Bumper Cook Book Review and Giveaway: French Regional Food and Comfort.

Bonjour! This month's cook book reviews is reviewing two books: French Regional Food by Joel Robuchon and Comfort: Recipes to Warm The Heart And Feed The Soul. Many thanks to Francis Lincoln Publishers for my review copies.

French Regional Food by Joel Robuchon and Loic Bienassis is an encyclopedia sort of cook book, it's huge! A sleek front cover outlining the several regions in France with colourful illustrations of fruits often eaten in France. The intent of this book, according to Loic Bienassis is to highlight the "pays" of France; areas that might be thought of as  Native region or "homeland" and an area defined by its strong cultural region. There are in total 28 regions covered many which foodies should be aware or familiar such as Champagne-Ardennes, Lorraine, Normandy and Dauphine. This book is beautifully illustrated too, of the French regions, food and non-food related which gave me a nostalgic reminder of my trip to France. Each chapter is thoroughly introduced sharing it's history, typical ingredient or well-known dishes and the most important part, the recipes that follow after. There is such a large amount of recipes shared in this book and each dish has a level of difficulty and preparation time. The recipes appeared complicated to me, even recipes such as pommel rennais has a level difficulty of 1 star (easy) but takes a long time to cook (1 hour and 15 minutes). The recipes in this book are appalling to the more experience cook and when I get the time I would like to try the following recipes: Pithiviers, Grantinee des Halles (Onion Soup) and Couptade (traditional southern French dessert).  The recipe I tried Toffailles, means stewed or braised using the ingredients of potato, bacon and onion. Whilst this dish is not a looker, I thoroughly enjoyed the simplicity of this dish.
Toffailles

This cookery book gets a 3/5 star rating- recipes good, but on the whole, this book was not for me due to the length of time the majority of the recipes require.

Comfort: Recipes To Warm The Heart And Feed The Soul by Carolyn Caldicott is exactly what to states on the title provides comforting recipes. A compact book and beautifully illustrated, although not every recipe is illustrated there is enough photos to keep you cooling. This book is divided into 7 chapters and covers everything from Breakfast Worth Getting Up For, Hearty Meals for Friends and Family and Perfect Puddings. Stand out recipes include: Honey Toasted Nut and Seed Granola, Homemade Beef Burgers With Melted Mozzarella, Beetroot and Horseradish Mayo And Sweet Potato Chips and Dark Chocolate Dipped Honey Nut Bites. I made a couple of recipes from this book, lemon drizzle cake and Eggy Bread Two Ways. I found the recipes easy to follow and both my lemon drizzle cake and eggy bread two ways turned out to be amazing.
Eggy Bread - two ways.


Lemon Drizzle cake.
This cookery book gets a 4 star rating, recipes are easy to follow, beautifully illustrated photos and is ideal for a beginner/moderate cook.

Recipe for Eggy Bread, Per Person
1 large free-range egg
1 generous tablespoon whole milk
a pinch of salt
2 thick slices of good quality crusty white bread
a generous knob of butter

Method
Streaky bacon grilled until crisp, maple syrup or cinnamon sugar to serve.
Whisk the eggs and milk together until fluffy and season to taste. Place the bread in a shallow flat dish and coat both sides with the egg mixture. Leave to stand for a few minutes to allow the egg to soak into the bread.
Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan, when the butter starts to foam, add the eggy bread and fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately with crispy bacon, jam or marmalade.


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  1. My Favourite comfort food is beef stew, I don't have a favourite French food because I don't know many French recipes xxx

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  2. My favourite comfort food is homemade broth and my favourite french dish is Coq Au Vin!

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  3. my comfort food is homemade mushroom soup and french food has to be crepes i always remember going on my school trip and trying to order one and they wouldn't let me have it as it had alcohol in

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  4. A combined comfort and favourite French dish is Dauphinoise potatoes - yum!!!

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  5. My favourite comfort food is praline chocolate or chocolate mousse and french dish is Beef Bourguignon

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  6. My favorite comfort food is a nice warm chicken casserole and my favorite French dish is Oeufs en meurette! X

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  7. comfort food would be fish and chips, not sure on the French one do love crepes

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  8. comfort food is my mums homemade broth, always does the trick when I'm feeling unwell! My fave french dish is Crème brûlée.

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  9. favourite comfort food is macaroni cheese. Favourite French dish has to be a dessert, maybe eclairs or profiteroles?

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  10. I love soup and french onion with the cheese on toast I adore great for the cold weather

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  11. fave comfort food is home-made soup with lots of bread and fave French dish is profiteroles

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  12. we like Beef Bourguignon and my comfort food is cheese on toast

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  13. I love French onion soup and my comfort food is a good old roast

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  14. favourite comfort food is lasagne and favourite French dish(pastry for me) is/are profiteroles

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  15. My favourite comfort food is mashed potato! My favourite French food is crusty bread (if that counts!) x

    Katrina | thechatterfox.com

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  16. My favourite comfort food is macaroni cheese with sliced tomatoes on top, just how mum makes it!

    French food... hmm so much but I do love a good wedge of Brie!

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  17. My fave comfort food is mashed potato. My fave French food is crepes. :)

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  18. Comfort food is macaroni cheese and french food (assuming cheese does not count) is a croissant.

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  19. My Favourite comfort food is mussels

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  20. My favourite comfort food is a good old bowl of homemade soup and a buttered crust roll. Don't know a great deal of French dishes excent tarte tatin (yummy) and pain aux raisin (equally yummy) so winning the cookbook would be a great start to try different French recipes :)

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  21. my favourite comfort dish is sausage and mash with gravy and slow fried onions, served with peas. Favourite French dish is difficult to choose;but probably has to be Coq au vin.

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  22. I love mashed celeriac - a comforting French classic..... with lots of butter.... mmmmnnnn

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  23. My favourite comfort food is Beef casserole with carrots - and my favourite French food is Tarte Tatin
    Sheila Reeves @CakeReev

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  24. My parents live in France, so my fave comfort food would have to be a traditional cassoulet with creamy dauphinoise potatoes and green beans!! Yum! :)

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  25. I love French onion soup and my comfort food is a bar of chocolate

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  26. Toad in the hole is my favourite comfort food and Moules Marinade is my favourite French Dish

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  27. my comfort food is olives for a snack or lentil and tomato soup. my favourite french food is profiteroles :D

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  28. Mac and cheese! My fav french food is Onion soup, done properly it's awesome!

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  29. Sausage and mash (with brown sauce)
    Beef Bourguignon

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  30. Favourite comfort food is pizza
    Followed by the french desert of eclairs

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  31. My Favourite Comfort food is Homemade Soup! My Favourite French Dish is Beef Bourguignon

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  32. My comfort food Stir Fry and my Favorite French Dish is Velouté de Châtaignes (Creamy Chesnut Soup

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  33. Easy! Comfort food is just a good old Spaghetti Bolognese, favourite French dish would have to be Bœuf bourguignon.

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  34. My favourite comfort food is Bacon Sandwich and my favourite French food is dauphinios potatoes

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  35. Beef stroganoff - for both!

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  36. My favourite comfort food is meat and potato pie and my fave french food is Bœuf bourguignon

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  37. My favourite comfort food is shepherds pie. Probably my favourite french food is a toasted cheese sandwich - croque monsier, or something similar.

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  38. My favourite comfort food is macaroni cheese and my favourite French food is caramelised onion tarte tatin.

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  39. My favourite comfort food is macaroni cheese and my favourite french food (other than bread and cheese!) is probably a simple crepe

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  40. Favourite comfort food is spinach and basmati rice. Favourite French food is onion soup, especially in winter.

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  41. Favourite comfort food a big bowl of chilli con carne. Favourite French food is Cherry Clafoutis

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  42. Gammon an pea soup comfort food, French pate

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  43. Lasagne is my favourite comfort food and I would walk back to France for their bread!

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  44. shepherds pie
    and fav frech dish is pate

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  45. Lamb Stew with Dumplings and fave french food is dauphinoise potatoes

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  46. favourite comfort food is cheese on toast, French dish is onion soup and floating the former on the latter is divine!

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  47. Favourite comfort food lamb shanks favourite French food tartiflette

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  48. Beans on toast and tuna nicoise
    https://flowerpowerlife.wordpress.com/

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  49. My favourite comfort food is beef stew and my favourite french dish is dauphinoise potatoes.

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  50. My favourite comfort food is fish and chips and my favourite french dish is steak frites

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  51. I'm so hungry now I've glanced through all the other answers. Comfort food, stew and dumplings, Boeuf Bourguignon is a little more refined.

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  52. My fav comfort food is home made pea and ham soup with buttered chunky tiger bread! yum yum yum

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  53. I love pancakes they are the perfect comfort food which brings me to my favourite french dish - savory crepes!

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  54. favourite comfort food is steak and kidney pie and favourite French dish is cassoulet

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  55. my favourite comfort food is steak and kidney pie and favourite French dish is cassoulet, tres bonne!

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  56. Homemade pork & apple burgers are my fave comfort food & my chosen French dish is a simple Croques Monsieur.

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  57. Comfort food is beans on toast and as for French Cuisine I love a Coq Au Vin!

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  58. comfort - pasta bake with chicken/cheese & French - Bouillabaisse

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  59. My favourite comfort food is ice cream and my favourite french dish is escargot!

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  60. comfort food would be fish and chips @leabana1

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  61. My favourite comfort food is beef bourginon and ditto for the favourite french dish.

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  62. favouite comfort food is spaghetti bolognese and french dish is french onion soup

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  63. My comfort food is mashed potato with lots of onion gravy.My favourite French dish is French onion soup.

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  64. my comfort food is chocolate and my favourite French food is pain au chocolate

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  65. my favourite comfort food is meat & potato pie. Don't have a favourite french food unless you can have french fries.

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  66. fav comfort foor is ice cream fav french dish is frogs legs! Nah only kidding Coq au Vin is what I like best

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  67. Comfort food has to be macaroni cheese...while my favourite French dish is cassoulet!

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  68. I love Shepherd's Pie and my favourite French food is Tartiflette

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  69. My favourite comfort food is scrambled eggs and french is Baked Camembert

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  70. My favourite food is chilli and my favourite Frech dish is beef bourginon :-)

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  71. My favourite french dish is Comte gratin which is basically potato dauphinoise but with comte cheese melted in. My fave comfort food is risotto.

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  72. My favourite comfort food is Chicken soup and Cassoulet is my favourite French food.

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  73. Favourite comfort food is mashed potato. Favourite French food is French onion soup.

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  74. Sausage and mash and French food is crepes

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  75. Comfort food is road in the hole and French moules marinaire

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  76. My comfort food would be a crispy bacon sandwich and my french favourite would be Boeuf Bourguignon.

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  77. My comfort food is Ham and pea soup and my favourite French Food is Bœuf bourguignon

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  78. Beef Bourguignon, lovely in the winter!

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  79. My comfort food is creamy buttery mash potatoes - I also love ANYTHING cooked in a slow cooker :)

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  80. I love stew and dumplings, my favourite french food is cassoulet

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  81. Spaghetti Bologna is a fave, need to get this book to find a fave french comfort food

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  82. Love bouillabaisse and my fav comfort food is beef stew with herby dumplings

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