Monday, May 25, 2009

The Sweet Life in Paris Giveaway

I am a big fan of Alice Waters and visit the Chez Panisse website a few times each week. The restaurant and café menus are posted daily, and I look to them as a source of inspiration in the kitchen.

I am also a fan David Lebovitz, award winning chef, author, and former Chez Panisse pastry chef who now resides in Paris. If you aren’t familiar with David, you can read about him on his blog. I love his blog, not only for the recipes and interesting posts on food, but, also because he writes about living in Paris.

There are posts on everything from comté to how to look Parisian to "Paris Transit Options." The writing is excellent, the posts are often timely, always humorous, and every post includes a gorgeous photo. If you plan on visiting Paris, you really should check out his blog.

One of my favorite David Lebovitz recipes is for a simple jam tart. Aptly titled Easy Jam Tart, the recipe appeared as a post on Lebovtiz’s blog sometime last year. His recipe calls for quince jam, but I've made it with raspberry and apricot jam. I first made this last summer when I returned from France, as a way of recreating fruit tarts we ate in Annecy.

This was a long way to go to get to the topic of this post, David Lebovitz’s most recent book, The Sweet Life in Paris: Delicious Adventures in the World's Most Glorious - and Perplexing - City . Released earlier this month, the book is part cookbook, part memoir, and part commentary on living the expat life in Paris. I love it! And just to prove how big a Lebovtiz fan I am, I’m giving away a copy of Lebovitz’s book, The Sweet Life in Paris. In selecting the winner for this giveaway I’m going to try something new--Random Generator (which I think is the online equivalent to putting names in a hat).

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment and talk about your favorite simple French recipe, and I will put your name into the virtual hat. The drawing will be held Monday, June 1. You can enter as often as you like—each comment you post will count as an entry—and the more you enter, the better your chances.

Bonne chance!

21 comments:

  1. This book is soooo fantastic. I bought it this weekend, and my husband and I are devouring it. I discovered "Daveeed," a few years ago and have made MANY of his recipes from both his blog and his ice cream book. He is fabulous!

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  2. Marsi, I feel the same way--it's a fantastic book! Shall I enter your name in the drawing?

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  3. Oh, it sounds like a wonderful book. I actually have not heard of him before so hearing about something new is always exciting!

    Being French-Canadian some of my favorite French recipes are my grandmothers (we called one memere, don't know how to put on the accents, and the other gandmaman)Coq au vin (which is actually pretty simple), boeuf bourgignon(also easy to put together just requires a long cooking time) and lots of tourtieres! Oh and Split pea soup by the gallon!
    I miss them both very much!
    Anyway please enter my name!

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  4. Please do not put me in the drawing, as I already have the book. Thank you for asking. I just wanted to throw my two centimes into the discussion and say that I love it and I love him!

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  5. Marsi, thank you--I always appreciate your centimes! But spread the word about the giveaway; the more the merrier, non?

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  6. Carolyn, thank you for sharing your favorites, and yes I will enter your name! Thanks so much for commenting.

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  7. Bonjour Amigh, I am going to tell about a book of simple french recipes "French Cooking in Ten Minutes" by Edouard de Pomiane. It's a collection of recipes/methods to get a meal together in 10 minutes (duh!). I can read it like a novel! Anyway, my favorite simple French recipe is probably quiche (no, it's not in the book, takes a bit more than 10 minutes). I've made so many that even the crust is easy to make. Love your blog - enjoyed the language lesson on the word frugal the other day very much (a subject near and dear to my heart - frugality with chic!) :) La

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  8. Ha! 2 people already posted mine: coq au vin and quiche. But they truly are so perfect and so simple! One can even cheat and put her coq au vin in the Crock-Pot! ;-) And quiche...well, there are as many varieties as one's imagination (and leftovers in the refrigerator) can conjure.

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  9. la, thank you for the book recommendation; I'll try to find a copy. I love quiche, it's one of my favorite comfort foods. Thanks for commenting and entering!

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  10. AKM, I don't think I've ever prepared coq au vin, but am going to have to find a recipe and give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for entering. Bonne chance

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  11. I'll play! I almost bought this book about two weeks ago. I like his blog.

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  12. Oh, it sounds like such a lovely book; I would love to have it. French recipe? I'll have to agree with the others who said quiche. We grow asparagus and I've recently made quiche with asparagus. Yum!

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  13. Thank you for mentioning your blog on FC. I have enjoyed your posts and now I feel inspired to cook something 'French' or 'fresh' for dinner! I really liked the posts about having a few ingredients for dinner, what will you cook? I can't wait to see more.

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  14. Stephanie, Cherie, Maura, thanks for your comments--I'll be sure to enter your names!

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  15. One of my favorite cookbooks and just favorite books in general is Joie de vivre by Robert Arbor and at least 2-3 times a month I prepare his simple recipe for roasted chicken. It is prepared in a dutch oven and is so simple. It involves stuffing the chicken with a piece of baguette rubbed with garlic, and then seasoning the chicken with paprika, herbes de provence, salt and pepper, maybe thyme and then putting garlic, onions and carrots in the pot with the chicken. I love it and always have chicken leftovers for at least one additional meal.
    Kristi
    labellafigura.net

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  16. If you like asparagus quiche, I made one with asparagus, bacon and feta cheese last night for dinner. It was delicious!
    Carolyn

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  17. My favorite French recipe is simply:
    butter lettuce with sprinkles of tarragon, chervil, flat-leaf parsley and shallots

    All topped with a red wine vinegar and dijon, olive oil vinaigrette.

    BTW - never start a meal with a salad!

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  18. One of my favorite French recipes is Pâtes carbonara. Basically, pasta, lardons and crème fraîche, and an egg if you want. As most of you know, crème fraîche is not found in North America, but there are many recipes to make this on your own. And of course, lardons don't exist here either, so a thick slice of smoked ham from the meat counter is our equivalent! Bon App!

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  19. There's nothing like a wonderful Tarte Tartin (it's even better when you're sitting having it at Les Philosophes in the Marais). I was just looking at this book on Amazon yesterday, but in my French fric style - I didn't open my wallet. I'd LOVE to win a copy of it.

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  20. Kristi, jsevart, Mlle. Segreto, and Zippy--I have entered your name in the drawing!

    It's nice to hear from readers who have never commented before, and I want to thank you for visiting, reading, and commenting. I hope you'll continue to visit and comment.

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  21. My best friend sent me this book as a gift, but I haven't had a chance to look at it yet. I love his blog too.

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