Dorie Greenspan – Around My French Table Larger photo Click on the comments you'd like to print with your recipe. Grayed out comments will not print. Print (Ads will not print.) Top Comments Jayme J. December 17, 2010 at 3:09 am This definately sounds like one I would get. I actually tried your broccoli and cheese variation. I halved the recipe but kept same amount of bacon and cheese. It turned out terrific. My sons already like broccoli but I had to keep my oldest from trying to devour the whole dish. Thank you for this recommendation! Debbie December 17, 2010 at 3:17 am I love this cookbook! So much I got another one to give as a Christmas gift to a friend that also cooks. Have only tried 4 recipes so far but they are easy and amazingly good. The apple cake was so good I made it three times in a week and half. Gifted one of the cakes. Ann December 17, 2010 at 4:33 am This DOES look like a wonderful book, I’ve seen a lot of the recipes and glowing comments around the web. Looking forward to snagging this book this christmas if my family has picked up on my endless hints! Caroline December 17, 2010 at 5:33 am I may have to look at this book – my husband swears that he’d starve if we ever traveled to France because he thinks he doesn’t like French food. A few recipes out of this book may change his mind! Cea December 17, 2010 at 5:59 am Pear and Chestnut soup. I’m heading out now to get pears…Oh, first I need to go get the book. Arghhhh. Well, I’ll have it in time for Solstice Supper. Thanks for the review. I love Dorie Greenspan’s work. Mary Hamel December 17, 2010 at 6:06 am Funny, I was just looking at some of her books on Amazon.com the other day — must get back over there and pick a book or two! Around My French Table may be my next Christmas present (to me!!). Lynn December 17, 2010 at 6:14 am I ordered this book the other day and can’t wait for it to get here, especially if I’ll want to make everything in it. Yay! I’m excited. Katrina December 17, 2010 at 6:19 am WOW! You are so lucky to have met her. I still haven’t purchased this book yet, but plan to soon. Nice post! Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet December 17, 2010 at 6:52 am This is a wonderful book as is her baking book. I love the trend toward French home cooking. Now that is for me! Michelle December 17, 2010 at 7:02 am I have to have this book, everyone is raving about it. It might just have to be my present to myself….. Susan December 17, 2010 at 7:34 am I want this book, too. I love Dorie’s books from what I’ve seen of them, and have made a couple of her recipes. They are flawless! From French Table, I’ve made her Marie Helene’s Apple Cake, which was fabulous. I adore her Sable cookies from the other book. In interviews for this book, she looks like such a tiny little pixie, so full of joy and energy, you just want to be in her kitchen and cook with her! Your close friends are going to enjoy their gift this holiday, Elise! Connie December 17, 2010 at 7:36 am I got this book as soon as it came out and it has quickly catapulted to the top of my favorites list. Everything has been fantastic- and the book is absolutely beautiful to boot. Steve-Anna December 17, 2010 at 7:42 am Love this post! This was on my Christmas list, but no worries if it doesn’t turn up under the tree. I’ll get it myself as a New Year’s gift. Can’t wait to see any cook book rated this highly by Elise ; ) laura @ a little barefoot December 17, 2010 at 8:11 am This is on my wish list for sure. If no one gets it for me for Christmas I will be buying it asap! Jenn December 17, 2010 at 9:30 am I am a member of French Fridays with Dorie and have made several things from it. The book is awesome. Elise, do try the “cheating on winter pea soup” (I think that’s the name). I don’t think I ever found an easier soup, and it is so good! MARYBETH December 17, 2010 at 9:45 am I have been baking my way through her big baking book this past year and LOVE it. The coconut blondies are worth getting up in the middle of an ice cold winter night for :) pascal December 17, 2010 at 9:57 am I just bought this book for myself for xmas! I am beyond thrilled! Sarah December 17, 2010 at 10:05 am I’m head over heels for this book, too! And got another copy to give to my BCF (bestest cooking friend) for Christmas. So far, I’ve made the stuffed pumpkin (amazing) and the pumpkin-gorgonzola flan (delicious). Next up are duck breasts, I think. Then everything else. Janice December 17, 2010 at 10:36 am Since Dorie’s “Baking..” book was responsible for getting me over my fear of baking, so I got “Around my French Table” as soon as it came out. She is such a delight and I would love to meet her one day, too, so I can tell her how she has inspired me. Summer December 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm My family and I received some early Christmas presents one of the presents was a cookbook I already had..so my husband suggested I give that cookbook to my SIL and get myself a different. I immediately went on to Amazon and ordered this cookbook. The detailed recipes and sidenotes are making this one of my favorite cookbooks I have received this year. I can’t wait to start experimenting in the kitchen with her recipes. dorie December 17, 2010 at 2:58 pm See that smile that I’ve got in the picture we took together? The picture I’ve got pinned to my wall and look at all the time? That’s the smile I’m sporting now after reading your post. Thank you! I’m thrilled beyond measure that you’re enjoying the book — it means the world to me. chocolatechic December 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm Being one of the legion, I heart Dorie too. I highly recommend page 18. Matthew December 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm I know, right! I’m not much of a baker, either, but am a committed francophile and cook. I’d never heard of her until Amazon suggested the book to me. I bought it after opening one page, seeing the Cheez-It style crackers and thought, “This woman knows what she’s doing. This book is going to be my new best friend.” Her cookbook ROCKS in a way that is almost impossible to describe—the recipes are so simple, friendly and delicious. It’s not the French food that Americans think about, it’s the French food that my French friends know, love, cherish and share. It’s one of the best English-language French cookbooks every written and really taps into the joie de vivre and soul of French cooking. A few months and 20 recipes later, it hasn’t disappointed. Lea Ann December 18, 2010 at 4:24 am I’ve had this cookbook for about a month and am l-o-v-e loving it. That soup recipe caught my eye too and look forward to making it. And the cauliflower gratin is on my list for Christmas eve. Lauren December 18, 2010 at 5:11 am How wonderful that you were able to meet her! Thanks for sharing the delicious photos. I want that cauliflower gratin with the works. It sounds divine. Sally December 18, 2010 at 6:18 am I’m going to have to get this one. I think it’s on just about every “Top Ten Cookbook of the Year” list — and it sounds like the recipes are divine. Sally December 18, 2010 at 6:24 am I can’t decide whether to make your broccoli cheddar casserole or Dorie’s cauliflower bacon gratin for Christmas. They both sound great! brandi December 18, 2010 at 6:50 am That book is amazing! I love it! My family loves loves loves the vegetable soup in there, I can’t remember the name but I have made it about 6 times. Judy B. December 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm Heading over to Amazon right now and ordering myself a present – I’ve been a good girl! Elaine December 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm I am so glad that you enjoy Dorie’s cookbook as much as I do. So envious that you got to meet her in person! That is a great photo of the two of you. I have not tried her pear and chestnut soup yet, but it sounds wonderful as do the cauliflower gratin and rillettes. sharon December 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm Do you know the phenomenon where you hear of something and the viola, it is everywhere? Well, I stumbledupon a cooking blog where one of the entries was a Tuesdays with Dorie entry. I immediately wanted to know more and was extremely vexed that there weren’t any recipes. Drat. And now your review of the book. I don’t have to be hit over the head a third time, I’m finding the book now. Thanks for the review. Serge Lescouarnec December 22, 2010 at 10:55 am Elise How are you? I just published my interview with Dorie French Guy Sits Down at Dorie Greenspan’s French Table, Dorie Speaks this morning. I also shared her Cauliflower Bacon Gratin Recipe prior to that. Happy holidays Serge ‘The French Guy from New Jersey’ Aaron December 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm I clicked “Purchase” about 20 seconds after reading these comments. The book arrived this morning and I’ve been devouring it ever since. Thank you for this rec, this has made an awesome xmas gift to myself :) Julie December 27, 2010 at 9:44 am My mom gave me this book for Christmas. After reading your review she knew I would love it, funny thing is I almost bought it for her! This book is absolutely stunning, I can’t wait to start cooking from it! Only problem is I can’t decide where to start! I love how Dorie uses the word “garlicky” in the title of some of the recipes, just makes my mouth water instantly! Happy holidays to you and yours Elise! Victoria January 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm That is so cool you got to meet Dorie Greenspan! I got this book for Christmas and I haven’t tried anything in it yet! Your pictures look so good!! Arcey January 16, 2011 at 3:32 pm Got the book after seeing your review, and then one in the SF Chronicle, and looking at it online. Last thing I need is another cookbook of any kind (!), but got it I did. :) I made the apple cake the other day, and it was simple and good. I’d like to recommend a few pinches of cinnamon (or maybe something else?) added in to the recipe. It’s a little bland, and could use just a tad of livening up, flavor-wise, IMHO. I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on top of the cake the next day, and that was even okay. It just needed a little something. Maybe some lemon zest? Anyway, thanks for the recommendation. I’m sure I’ll make more of the recipes soon. Thanks so much for your fun, lovely blog, Elise. Happy New Year to you and your family, and your guest posters (and your readers too). nanne January 20, 2011 at 11:24 am I checked this book out from the library to give it a test run before I bought it. It is wonderful! I made her provencal vegetable soup and cheddar chive bread last night….the best veggie soup I’ve ever had, the bread was tasty and best of all (for a bake-a-phobic) easy peasy to make. This is on my must buy list. Nanne Aimee December 17, 2010 at 3:05 pm Sounds fabulous! I spent my study abroad in France, and that is where I learned to love food. (much to the chagrin of my expanding waistline, I quickly had to learn to love running when I returned to the US) I will most definitely be adding this to my Amazon wish-list. :) Thanks for the recommendation (and, I adore the photo of you and Dorie and her fabulously chic french haircut.) Dee S December 18, 2010 at 10:32 pm Dorie Greenspan was on Martha Stewart last week! She made two recipes from her book, pumpkin stuffed with everything good and semolina cake…they both looked DELICIOUS! That is so cool that you got to meet her! I would have been so nervous!