You probably saw my recent posts and tweets about my trip to France and my full immersion course in French food. So it was an odd coincidence when I arrived home and found a French bistro cookbook in my mail. Fresh off of one of the most gourmet experiences I’ve ever had at the fabulous La Ferme de la Lochere with French chef Katherine Frelon (a full post on this trip is coming soon), I poured myself a glass of my newly appreciated Aligoté wine from Burgundy and sat outside on a breezy day to look at the cookbook.
I must say, I’m a cookbook freak, and French Bistro, by Maria Zihammou has some of the most beautiful photography (by Åsa Dahlgren) I have ever seen in a book about food. I truly felt like I had been transported back to France, sitting in the quaint bistros and sidewalk cafés, as I enjoyed the pictures in the book. But don’t get me wrong, the recipes were just as fabulous. And the font. Yes, I’ve never been so enthralled by such a beautiful mix of fonts, but the author certainly added to the elegance of the cookbook with her choice of fonts. Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. produced the cookbook.
There’s the Oven-baked Omelet with Squash that looks remarkably similar to one I prepared on my recent visit to a French cooking school. The Sole with Butter Sauce and Butter-fried Capers is one of those classic French dishes I missed out on with this recent trip, so I’m anxious to try Maria’s version. The Pot au Feu, Vinegar Chicken and Warm Salad with Duck, and plenty of mouthwatering selections from all courses.
The book weaves a delicious story of French cuisine, bistro recipes, and life in France. This cookbook is so full of personality, between the fonts and the photographs, part of me wants to tear out pages and frame them. You can order French Bistro here.