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By Wini Moranville

Here is actual French cooking with no fuss or worry. once we think about French cooking, we would photograph a very good eating place with a small military of cooks soaring over sauces for hours at a stretch, crafting dependent dishes with detailed utensils, hard-to-find components, and architectural ability. yet this type of cooking bears little courting to the way in which that actual French households eat-yet they devour rather well certainly. Now that the common French girl (the bonne femme of the identify) works open air the house like her American counterpart, the emphasis is on effortless innovations, basic foodstuff, and quick coaching, all refrained from sacrificing style. In a voice that's right now grounded within the knowledge of classical French cooking, but playful and lighthearted by way of the possibility of stress-free and having fun with our daily lives within the kitchen, Moranville deals three hundred recipes that target easy, clean components ready good. The Bonne Femme Cookbook is stuffed with advice and methods and shortcuts, plenty of neighborhood colour and perception into genuine French domestic kitchens, and mainly, a great deal of significant foodstuff. It offers French cooking an obtainable, pleasant, and informal spin.

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Dessert was often something she had picked up from the bakery—a cake layered with mousse, or a glistening fruit tart. All throughout dinner, Madame and Monsieur would fill their daughters' glasses—and mine—with wine, cut with a little water in consideration of our youth. My first night at the Lavignes' table, I remember thinking that surely this was a celebratory feast for me. I felt touched that although their guest of honor was just a 16-year-old from the American Midwest, they had obviously put out their best for our first evening together.

My first night at the Lavignes' table, I remember thinking that surely this was a celebratory feast for me. I felt touched that although their guest of honor was just a 16-year-old from the American Midwest, they had obviously put out their best for our first evening together. But the next amazing meal came, and then the next, and I realized that the Lavignes ate this way pretty much every night. And each dinner was a celebration, a simple yet splendid daily gathering put on so that we could enjoy each other's company.

I know this because I have had the good luck to spend long stretches of time in France, where I have dined at the tables of quite a few French women. And for years, I have cooked over French stoves as a bonne femme myself. I first got a taste of bonne femme cooking at the home of the Lavigne family, who hosted me on a high school exchange stay in Burgundy. Monsieur and Madame Lavigne and their teenage daughters, Annie and Françoise, lived in a snug, charming two-bedroom apartment in the industrial town of Montceau-les-Mines, where Monsieur Lavigne worked in a crane factory.

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