a little taste of Paris

The French Market CookbookParisians do a lot of things right, and while we could go on and on about their impeccable style and fashionable bicycles, what we really admire is their talent in the kitchen.  We may never look as lovely on two wheels as a Madeline or an Amelie, but we’re pretty sure that with the help of The French Market Cookbook we can cook like one.

Inspired by French markets and fresh ingredients, Clotilde Dusoulier (of Chocolate & Zucchini) created seasonal recipes that call for a market’s best offerings.  Victoria is booming with farmers’ markets, but if you’re anything like us then you’re probably not sure what to do with eggplants or beets.  How about Ratatouille Tian or Pates rose vif?  The French Market Cookbook is your guide to turning the foods that grow around us into simple but spectacular meals.  The vegetarian cookbook includes 90 recipes ranging from root soups to fresh fruit tarts and everything in between,  so if you’re wondering what’s in a Bouillabaisse du pauvre (Poor Man’s Bouillabaisse) or how to make the perfect Ravioles ouvertes sarrasin et choux de Bruxelles (Buckwehat and Brussel Sprouts Open Ravioli) then this is your answer.  And while we picked up The French Market Cookbook for inspired fresh vegetable entrees, we were more than happy to find sweet recipes like Verrines “cafe libanais” (Lebanese Coffee Dessert Jars) and Mousse au chocolat noir de trois facons (Dark Chocolate Mousse, Three Ways).

The Parisians really do have it all figured out.