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Your Favorite French Cookbook and Why

dkennedy | Mar 19, 201111:10 PM

I have more French cookbooks on my bookshelves than I could possibly ever hope to cook through. Yet, I feel compelled to collect more and more. Here is a list of my cookbooks:

Simply French
The Flavor of France by the Chamberlains
The Zuni Cafe
Sunday Suppers at Lucques
Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume I
Around My French Table
La Tante Claire
Cooking With Daniel Boulud
Michel Richards home Cooking with a French Accent
Patricia Wells at Home in Provence
The Cooking of South West France
Cafe Boulud
La Toque

Never Cooked Out of:
On Rue Tatin
Cuisine Naturelle
Madeleines In Manhattan
French Women Don't Get Fat
Baking With Julia
The French Cookie Book
Roger Verge's Vegetables in the French Style
The Cook and The Gardener
Bistro Cooking

I have made many recipes out of a few of these books; a few recipes out of most of these books; and none out of the remainder. If I had to whittle down my collection, I would be hard pressed to say which ones I would keep and which I would toss.

I would love to know which French cookbooks in your collection are your favorites and why? What are your favorite recipes out of these books?

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Chicken In a Pot (Michel Richard)
Roasted Chicken (Simply French)
Mustard Chicken (Simply French)
Potatoes Dauphinoise (Simply French)
Tomato Goat Cheese Spread (Provence)
Beef Bourguignon (Julia)
Entrecote (Flavor of France)
Apple Cake (Dorie)

Let's help each other make better use of our books. If nothing else, starting this thread will give me a quick reference guide to my go to recipes from each book.

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