Since taking part in Veganuary 2016, I've been cooking a lot more and trying to be more experimental in the kitchen. So when I was offered the chance to review Katherine Frelon's Shop. Cook. Eat., I jumped at the chance.
I don't have many cooking books - that was always my mum's area - so to have one to cook from myself is a welcome change.
French cooking is one of my favourite cuisine's also, so this book is right up my street.
I absolutely love the style of this book which is, as described in the blurb, more than just a cookbook. For starters, as well as starters, mains and desserts, there's also recipes in this book for sauces, spices and marinades, which is a nice idea and something I know very little about.
Each section has a little introduction too, telling us the authors thoughts on food and her recommendations when it comes to different methods of baking and cooking.
I love how rather jumping straight into the recipes we get to read more about Katherine's past and about the time she'd spent in France.
But onto the recipes.
Easy to follow, there's a real mix of things to cook in here and I've already got my eye on a few.
The tomato tartare with freshly smoked mackerel and wild rocket looks absolutely delicious and although it's probably a little complicated for me, the super simple instructions have given me the confidence to try it. Watch this space.
The salad section is super useful too because that's another thing I struggle with - trying to eat more healthy with more salads for lunch, but not really knowing how to mix them up a little. I always tend to make the same things over and over, so I've already spotted a few salads I can't wait to try out such as the figs, buffalo mozzarella, sun-blushed tomatoes and basil salad with roast garlic and fig dressing.
Cooking for the French is what social media is to teens!
Not a phone, but a kitchen, a place to gather, a necessity, a reason for being, a place to learn, debate, laugh, cry and celebrate.
I love this quote because I can totally relate to it. Getting together to cook in a kitchen is more than just about making food, it is more of a social event. The one and only time (so far) I threw a dinner party for my friends, no one cared how bad my food was or how long it took for me to serve the main. What mattered was the help they offered me, the giggles we shared in the kitchen over the mess made and the topics of conversation over food afterwards.
Katherine seems to get this and comes across as ever so down to earth in this book.
Overall, I really love this cookbook and can't wait to make a start on trying out some of the recipes in it. My sister is a huge fan of french cooking too, and we enjoy cooking together every now and then when we can so this will be something nice we can do together.
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