I actually thought I might cull Spices of Life from the herd, but it is a lovely book and there truly are enough recipes that I can envision making. While I love having 200-odd cookbooks, I also see the folly of holding onto books that don’t inspire me to cook from them. The good news is that while choosing my April picks, I found two books to let go.
It was easy choosing a theme for this month’s picks. Since I’m headed to Paris at the end of the month, I decided to pick French cookbooks. The difficulty comes from the fact that I have several French cookbooks…each of them excellent contenders! I ruled out Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume I
and Volume 2
, because those are classic books and I already have cooked enough from them to know they are fabulous.
My first pick was easy: David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
. I borrowed the book from the library right after I returned home from Paris last year, fell in love with it, and put it on my Christmas list (and a big thank you to
my mother-in-law). We actually had a chance to go to one of his book signings while we were in Paris, but it was our last evening in Paris and we’d spent the day in Versailles
. We were wicked tired.
I really wavered on pick number 3. Would it be Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table
, or Patricia Wells’ Bistro Cooking
. Dorie’s book is big and beautiful, with gorgeous photos. And I have long been an admirer of her other works (under her own “headline” and as a writer of books for other chefs). On the other hand, I remember drooling over Bistro Cooking
a few decades ago in a bookstore somewhere, and only acquired my own copy a few years ago. What to do? Well, I decided to go with Dorie (I think the photos won me over).
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