Cookbook giveaway - My French Family Table

My French Family Table

To the French, food is one of life's greatest pleasures, and in Béatrice Peltre's home, each meal is a small celebration. In her kitchen, bright, colorful ingredients are transformed into wholesome, delicious dishes and served with love. The popular blogger (La Tartine Gourmande) has just released her third cookbook, My French Family Table: Recipes for a Life Filled with Food, Love, and Joie de Vivre. Béatrice gave us a sneak peek into the cookbook with an excerpt from the introduction.

We're delighted to offer ten copies of My French Family Table to EYB Members in the US, Canada, UK and Australia only. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What is your most cherished family mealtime tradition?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends July 27, 2016.


66 Comments

  • dbielick  on  6/29/2016 at 5:26 PM

    We don't have a regular family mealtime tradition. We do enjoy our family favorite recipes at the holidays though.

  • sir_ken_g  on  6/29/2016 at 5:34 PM

    Not sure .. maybe eating home cooked Chinese style duck.

  • Mariarosa  on  6/29/2016 at 5:43 PM

    In my family we got to choose the menu for our own birthday dinners around the family table.

  • Siegal  on  6/29/2016 at 8:07 PM

    I love baking with my daughter in preparation

  • Johnnymc  on  6/29/2016 at 8:56 PM

    Catching up with the others daily activities

  • t.t  on  6/29/2016 at 10:24 PM

    I don't know about a regular tradition, but there are certain foods that always get made for holidays/celebrations/special occasions.

  • elysek  on  6/29/2016 at 10:55 PM

    Friday night dinners at my grandparents.

  • Miette  on  6/30/2016 at 1:34 AM

    We follow French traditions

  • Sophph  on  6/30/2016 at 2:18 AM

    For breakfast on Christmas morning we always have pork pie. It's a tradition passed down from my Victorian great grandmother and anyone who marries into the family finds it weird, but we couldn't imagine Christmas without it!

  • spicebite  on  6/30/2016 at 4:27 AM

    On Friday nights my little boys take turns choosing what we will have for dinner and then we all watch a movie afterwards - it's a lovely way to create a break between our busy week and the weekend.

  • Orielle  on  6/30/2016 at 4:41 AM

    Always sitting down to eat together at the table, no TV or phones allowed.

  • cocecitycook  on  6/30/2016 at 6:24 AM

    Sitting down at a table together and sharing the day's events.

  • ncollyer  on  6/30/2016 at 7:05 AM

    Eating together as a family in the dining room, and lingering after dinner for a lively discussion.

  • JessicaEagle  on  6/30/2016 at 7:14 AM

    Thanks for this giveaway. We don't really have specific family tradition...except eating some fondue on Christmas Eve.

  • Aggie92  on  6/30/2016 at 11:59 AM

    Smoked salmon, stuffed mushrooms along with cheese and crackers is our family tradition for Christmas Eve. And of course some good wine to wash it all down. Salut!

  • meggan  on  6/30/2016 at 1:14 PM

    Candlelight every night. Even with the toddler.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  6/30/2016 at 5:01 PM

    Actually sitting down together as a family to have dinner each night.

  • AndieG52  on  7/1/2016 at 9:42 AM

    Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners with the family.

  • RaySadler  on  7/1/2016 at 9:53 AM

    Traditional Sunday Lunch - a roast, sadly mostly for two now the children are grown-up, but with properly laid table in the dining room - three courses and wine; brings us together.

  • PoCoKat  on  7/1/2016 at 10:36 AM

    Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Summer barbecues.

  • hillsboroks  on  7/1/2016 at 10:38 AM

    When the children were younger and still at home we made Sunday supper a "snack supper" with cut up fresh vegetables and fruit, crackers with cheeses and meats, maybe some cooked shrimps and homemade dips for the veggies. It was always fairly balanced and healthy and the kids loved to help prepare everything.

  • nicolthepickle  on  7/1/2016 at 10:39 AM

    Sunday afternoon lunches with everyone.

  • obbigttam  on  7/1/2016 at 4:50 PM

    A new "tradition" my wife & I have started now our son has turned 4 is the Sunday night World Tour. We get him to choose a country he wants to visit for the week from the atlas, and we choose recipes from that country for dinner, then either watch a movie/documentary or listen to music from there as well. We're hoping this will expand his interest both in the food and cultures of other countries.

  • ballen  on  7/1/2016 at 8:34 PM

    Special soup recipe for holiday meals.

  • pandapotamus  on  7/1/2016 at 11:59 PM

    Post-thanksgiving turkey porridge.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  7/2/2016 at 12:58 AM

    My most cherished family mealtime tradition is fried chicken on Saturdays.

  • sgump  on  7/2/2016 at 10:14 AM

    . . . that our Thanksgiving meals were identical year to year. If we'd ever try to do things differently on the day, within the next week or so would be an appearance of the "traditional" menu, since "It just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving without X [dish]!"

  • gjelizabeth  on  7/2/2016 at 1:02 PM

    Pumpkin pie for breakfast on the morning after Thanksgiving. Just thinking of it makes me smile.

  • Nancith  on  7/2/2016 at 8:32 PM

    Growing up, all of our kids planned their birthday menu, including the cake. Of course, I did all the work (but loved it!)

  • dduvall  on  7/2/2016 at 11:17 PM

    Our Christmas dinner always is turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and garlic spinach. For Christmas Eve it's always cabbage rolls, kielbasa and potato salad, beets and horseradish.

  • djoh437938  on  7/3/2016 at 8:42 AM

    Sunday dinners at great grandmas house

  • JanScholl  on  7/4/2016 at 1:11 AM

    My kids are all grown up and don't live close, so I don't get the opportunity to do what I did with them, with my grand kids. But I used to make up recipes and name them after my kid's moods. I hope they carry it on.

  • juazella  on  7/4/2016 at 1:13 AM

    Breakfast. Due to the different schedules my husband and I have, the only meal we can eat together is breakfast during the week. He cooks for us while I get ready for work, and then we sit down to talk and eat and start our morning on a good foot.

  • matag  on  7/4/2016 at 3:51 PM

    The feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve

  • trudys_person  on  7/4/2016 at 9:58 PM

    Just sitting down as a family for most meals, always with the table set ...

  • jlemoine  on  7/5/2016 at 10:25 AM

    Just having a chance to all sit together as a family and talk. And no electronics!

  • pgarcia  on  7/6/2016 at 10:46 AM

    I always make an overnight French toast for New Year's Day. My now-grown stepson always comes over for it, no matter how late he was out the night before!

  • debravdorn  on  7/6/2016 at 11:22 AM

    My most cherished tradition is everyone eating together and enjoying our Spanish 'sobremesa", which is the leisurely, prolonged chatting after a meal is complete.

  • veronicafrance  on  7/6/2016 at 12:54 PM

    My French Family Table: giveaway not valid in France. Ironic! So I won't tell you our French tradition :)

  • saladdays  on  7/6/2016 at 3:31 PM

    Always sitting at the table for dinner and discussing the happenings of the day in an unhurried way.

  • HallieBaker  on  7/6/2016 at 6:21 PM

    Just the time spent together :-)

  • kittykattak  on  7/6/2016 at 10:09 PM

    Roast meal. Every week. And as our birthdays were three consecutive months, we would switch out what we would have - cake, pie or cheesecake.

  • Graskia  on  7/7/2016 at 2:06 AM

    I love when we have a "petit-déjeuner" for dinner. Since I grew up in France (my husband and children are Americans) where breakfast is mostly a "sweet" only meal, we have baguette, jam and butter, fresh fruits and œufs à la coque (soft boiled egg). Since we live in the US, we add bacon, cheese, cold cuts, sometimes a quiche (Béatrice Peltre has some great recipes). It is so much fun, my teenagers still love it.

  • suspi  on  7/7/2016 at 4:07 AM

    Daily, we eat together at the same time when possible and everyone helps to set the table. We have a golden charger (from our wedding) that we use if it's someone's special day (birthday, received an award, etc.) - and we cook the person's favourite meal to make the day extra special.

  • Deblibrarian  on  7/7/2016 at 8:56 AM

    We love a 'board' laden with dips and pates and cheeses and breads that come from our experimenting with different cook books!

  • lovelily1001  on  7/7/2016 at 2:50 PM

    family tradition is simple here: everyone together for dinner, at the table, real food, and candles. i get teased by the family for that last one, but everyone knows there must be candlelight.

  • rivergait  on  7/7/2016 at 5:45 PM

    Going from a family meal for 7 (5 daughters, and the family ALWAYS ate together) to just me (widowed)...my traditions are new ones. I choose dinnerware to match the food, a cocktail equally in sync with the entree, a TV tray set up artfully with dogs and cats at my feet, and a good book, magazine, or DVD for company. Traditions don't have to be decades old!

  • anjulibai  on  7/9/2016 at 7:32 AM

    Since we lived in the UK for two years, we have adopted the lovely habit of drinking tea together on a daily basis. On special occasions we have "high tea" with sweets and savories. Our college-age students have introduced all of their friends to real British tea and they have all become "tea snobs"

  • nomadchowwoman  on  7/9/2016 at 12:06 PM

    Since my mom was a wonderful cook, I took for granted good meals, but what I loved was when she went all out and did a massive Italian-American spread, usually when we had company, cooking things she'd learned growing up in an Italian neighborhood in NY (she herself had no Italian heritage), later from her sister-in-law (nee: Mucci), daughter of Italian immigrants: spaghetti and meatballs, lasagne, eggplant parmigiano, braciole. There was always a gigantic salad and plenty of cheap chianti in straw-bound bottles. Mom would go to great lengths to get white veal and sweet Italian sausage, and my dad was happy to oblige in the shopping effort. (He would always pick up a stuffed artichoke, too, which were ubiquitous in New Orleans.) Believe me, we were ALL happy. Mom rarely cooks now, but when she does--usually directing, as she did recently when her sister was visiting--it's a mini version of that feast. A much smaller group sat down to eat lasagne and veal parmigiano. As my mom took her tiny bites, she kept saying "something's missing." My aunt looked over at me and mouthed what I was thinking: "it's your dad."

  • hrhacissej  on  7/9/2016 at 2:59 PM

    We eat at home 6 days a week as a family and usually dine out on Saturdays to give the cook (me!) a break. We don't have any mealtime rituals. We just enjoy each other's company and fresh cooked food.

  • DoMaRe  on  7/9/2016 at 9:58 PM

    Popcorn with lunch!

  • pokarekare  on  7/10/2016 at 12:57 AM

    Sunday morning bacon sandwiches together

  • Trice  on  7/10/2016 at 10:35 AM

    Anytime we are all together enjoying a meal and each other's company.

  • stephpud  on  7/11/2016 at 1:10 AM

    challah with salt and butter on a Friday evening!

  • betsyp  on  7/11/2016 at 6:37 PM

    Sitting down together and, on weeknights, catching up, or on weekends, just being together.

  • lauriesk  on  7/12/2016 at 9:08 AM

    My most cherished mealtime memory is Sunday morning brunch at home.

  • DFed  on  7/12/2016 at 3:41 PM

    Just taking the time to sit down at a proper table with my husband and having a nice discussion!

  • Zosia  on  7/14/2016 at 11:18 AM

    Having sit down dinners together most days of the week.

  • gourmet.jo  on  7/15/2016 at 5:13 PM

    Cooking together and then sitting down to enjoy a great meal! The whole family and assorted great friends all together.

  • warrrenwhite  on  7/16/2016 at 11:33 AM

    Hmmm...Sunday mornings growing up...after church...to my Mim's for pie and cheese.

  • Lizwizz  on  7/18/2016 at 3:52 PM

    When we have time to prepare a nice breakfast and linger over coffee for a long time. Ahhhhh.

  • chawkins  on  7/21/2016 at 1:25 PM

    Dinner at the table with family every night.

  • annieski  on  7/24/2016 at 11:38 AM

    we always pray before starting our meal and finish with "God bless the cooks and chemists"!

  • JuneHawk  on  7/24/2016 at 12:20 PM

    The pig roasts that we do for special occasions. Sure, it's about eating the food but also about the family interaction while the pig roasts on the spit.

  • centraljersey  on  7/25/2016 at 6:38 PM

    Cooking lots on Sunday so we don't have to do much during the week.

  • Lmeyers520  on  7/27/2016 at 6:50 PM

    Christmas and Christmas Eve are my most cherished traditions. I love the feast of the seven fishes and all the homemade treats. The Christmas holidays remind me of when I used go to my grandmothers house to see all my family, celebrate my grandfather's birthday (Dec 24th was his birthday.) and eat all the wonderful dishes she used to cook.

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