The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence by Patricia Wells

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  • Four-hour aromatic star anise-braised pork

    • nicolepellegrini on February 08, 2021

      I admit, I cheated and used bottled hoisin sauce instead of making the one included with this recipe. The pork had a wonderful flavor, akin to Chinese roast pork, and I have a lot leftover to use in some different recipes now. An easy dish to throw together yet make for an impressive dish to serve.

  • Cabbage, ham, potato, and pea soup

    • Queezle_Sister on February 09, 2014

      First, let me say that this was not the best soup to try to bend to vegetarian. Without the bacon, the garlic became the dominant flavor. Nevertheless, it was a delightful mixture of fresh vegetables, and seemed spring-like on this dark and wintery day.

  • Onion and Gruyère bites

    • bellatavia on May 09, 2016

      These come together in a snap once you have the onions and toast rounds made. Great for a party! Don't stint on the fresh thyme; this won't be the same with dried.

  • Pear, fennel, Belgian endive, and curried walnut salad

    • Delys77 on March 10, 2014

      Not a winner for us. I really disliked the curried walnuts, so much so that we didn't use them. In terms of the other components, I substituted arugula for the endive as I find it too bitter, but then I found the salad a bit boring. Overall I would likely try other variations of this as it has promise, but not based on this recipe.

  • Fresh ginger sorbet

    • jenn on January 19, 2014

      So simple, but amazingly refreshing.

  • Spaghetti with zucchini blossoms, zucchini, and basil

    • runoutofshelves on January 18, 2021

      I was looking for a dish to use our lovely basil and zucchini and this was delicious. It wasn't at all what I expected, very elegant but simple, the zucchini shines in this dish.

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  • ISBN 10 0062088912
  • ISBN 13 9780062088918
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Oct 22 2013
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 352
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher William Morrow & Company
  • Imprint William Morrow & Company

Publishers Text

A master class in fresh, delicious, French-inspired cooking

Since 1995, students have waited months and sometimes years for the privilege of learning to cook with Patricia Wells at Chanteduc, her eighteenth-century Provençal farmhouse, and at her Parisian cooking studio. Now, the culinary legend invites home cooks into her life in France, making the recipes from her popular classes available to fans who dream of embarking on their own gastronomic adventure in the world's culinary capital.

Beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated with stunning color photographs, The French Kitchen Cookbook offers simple yet profound pleasures to Patricia's students: the satisfaction of preparing a perfect fruit tart; the gratification of extracting a warm, fragrant, golden brioche from the oven; the giddiness of sharing a meal with a group of former strangers who quickly become lifelong friends.

Patricia's meticulously written recipes explain the basics—rules that will help anyone become a better cook—while providing the deep satisfaction that comes from creating exquisite food that extracts the best of fresh ingredients. Here are some of her best recipes for appetizers, desserts, and everything in between, dishes inspired by the vibrant Provençal countryside and the bustle of Parisian life, including Miniature Onion and Goat Cheese Tatins, Zucchini and Basil Velouté, Fricassée of Chicken with Fennel, Capers, Tomatoes and Sausage, and Apricot and Lavender Honey Sorbet.

"The French Kitchen Cookbook is about a way of life and a lifestyle of food and entertaining," Patricia writes. "It is all about the joys of combining good food, good wine, and friends altogether around the table—an experience we can enjoy day in and day out, any time."

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