French Country Cooking
I loved this cookbook! Firstly, its big and beautiful, just like a good coffee table book should be. The recipes were mouthwatering with clear cooking instructions and lots of gorgeous photos. Many of the recipes are recognizable from standard French cooking but, the recipes in this book often have a little twist which makes them more interesting to modern cooks.
I also liked the organization of the book. The fact that it begins with a section titled Goûter full of cakes and other afternoon pastries just whets the appetite for more. But in my opinion, what makes this book really good is the story the author tells throughout. It's so interesting and full of memorable characters that I couldn't help thinking that it would make a very entertaining film. Really I think No. 1 Rue de Loudenne reminded me of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence film because it seems to have all the elements, location, characters, good food and lots of fun. I don't think this is something that can be said about most cookbooks. So if you are looking for some great recipes but also some entertaining reading about how one family bought an old manor house and turned it into a restaurant, bringing back some of it's infamous past then this in one you will not want to miss.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.