From the author of Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence, Elizabeth Bard has become a bestselling author of her culinary memoirs. In her latest book, Dinner Chez Moi is not only full of recipes but also tips and secrets from a French kitchen.
I really enjoyed the simplicity of Bard’s book. Many cookbooks tend to be overly complicated and, as a non-chef, I tend to get overwhelmed with all the ingredients and steps that are needed. Bard has broken down her cookbook into three sections: ingredients, equipment and ritual. She breaks down some pantry necessities, and shares some simple-to-prepare recipes. I found myself bookmarking a number of the dishes to try and prepare myself one day, although there are a number of recipes that include seafood or lamb – both of which I’m not a fan of. One recipe in particular I can’t wait to make is the Endive, Pear, and Roquefort Salad with Cured Ham and a Poached Egg… but I might need to swap out the blue cheese for a different kind.
As a self-proclaimed “low-tech cook”, she discusses the equipment she uses in her kitchen – which doesn’t include a KitchenAid mixer! The simplistic kitchen atmosphere is interspersed with a number of French secrets to entertaining and cooking, setting the table for a joyful food experience. Stay tuned on the blog and social media as I try out some of the recipes in the future!