Just in case I didn’t make it perfectly clear from my Spiced Pecans and Cinnamon Pecan Brittle posts, I’m madly in love with Dorie Greenspan’s latest book Around My French Table –it’s quite a collection of recipes.
The great thing about a book by Dorie is not just the amazing recipes, it’s also her voice. Every cue, every instruction, is in Dorie-ese, a cooking language that is of her own creation. Dorie does not merely tell the reader to “beat” an egg white, she says, “beat the egg white lightly with a fork, breaking up the white until it is runny.” Who would think of that type of cue? Definitely not me. That’s why I dig her! Dorie’s love of food and the language she uses to describe it are palpable. Sitting with the book is like sitting with her –an amazing experience, I can assure you.
Interspersed throughout the book are lovely little stories by Dorie, such as “Complaining the French Way,” in which she describes her detailed interaction with a saleswoman at one of the best cheese shops in Paris. Famous last words from Dorie regarding cultural differences, “In America, if you complain you’re a crank; in France you’re a connoisseur.”
Sitting down for an afternoon with this book is like chatting with a very warm and knowledgeable friend who knows a ton about food. It’s quite a conversation and you’ll learn a lot –I did.
Today I’m so happy to be giving away one copy of Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. Everyone everywhere is eligible to win and I will pick the winner at random. Just leave a comment below and mention your favorite Dorie recipe or your favorite cookbook author by midnight, December 31st, 2010. Yup, that’s tomorrow!
Update: this giveaway is now over and the winner was Lenci!