Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Giveaway: French Cooking in Ten Minutes

I don't remember if I was first intrigued by the title (French cooking?  ten minutes?  really?), or the fact that a cookbook written more than 80 years ago is still being published.

Published in 1930 as La cuisine en dix minutes, ou l'Adaptation au rhythme moderne, this cookbook is both a culinary snapshot and a how-to book.  It features advice on how to behave at the table and organize a meal, as well as recipes for everything from the perfect sautéed haricots verts to a sublime couer à la crème.

This book is small--5x7 inches--but packs so much utility, humor, and elegance into a tiny package, that I thought you might enjoy a copy for your own bookshelf.  So, I'm giving away two copies of French Cooking in Ten Minutes.

To enter the giveaway all you have to do is share a comment about your perfect French meal (real or imagined!)  The winners will be announced on Sunday.  

Bon appétit et bonne chance!

19 comments:

  1. I own this book and it is wonderful. Very easy to read and follow.

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  2. You've got me! I want to be entered!

    One of my favorite French meals (there are too many different ones to call one the favorite) was found at my favorite (yes, my favorite) restaurant in Paris. It was this tiny hole-in-the-wall by the Madeleine. I always got the stuffed tomatoes. I'm not a vegetarian by any means, but their stuffed tomates were heaven. That, a touch of bread, and some sablé cookie is the best meal I can imagine on earth. No wine needed, it's so good.

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  3. AA, okay, you're in, but I need the name of that restaurant!

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  4. I'm not sure if it's truely a French dish, but it sure sounds it, and it's my favorite...coq au vin with the thickest egg noodles. And of course I would end it with the Ina Garten French apple tart...it's delicious! ck

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  5. My favorite French meal was a casual lunch at a small bistro on the corner of Rue de Bac and Rue de la Universite (hopefully I did not butcher the spelling of that too bad). I wish I remembered the name of the place! I had an open faced sandwich on a slice of sourdough boule bread topped with dijon mustard, pulled rotisserie chicken and melted guyrere cheese. It was a take on the croque monsieur, but so much better. Served with a simple frisee salad and mineral water. I was in heaven! At the time I was starving and it was getting late and just happened upon the place by chance.

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  6. That sounds like a great book! Last summer I stayed for a week in Southern France. For lunch one day, we had roast chicken, sliced tomatoes, bread, strawberries and wine, all fresh and local bought at the weekly food market - simple and delicious!

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  7. December 2009. A cold, drizzly night in Paris. Couldn't score tickets for The Nutcracker so wandered about and found Cafe des Musees. Cream of cauliflower soup. A wonderful cocotte of white beans, tomatoes, garlic and lamb. And for dessert, creme caramel. What ballet?

    This is the meal I recreate when I need a culinary hug.

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  8. My French Corner,

    When I return to Paris this winter, I will GET that name! I promise. I went there often, and yet I never thought about the name. If you're going before me, email me again. I will walk you through the directions. (For the rest of you, the place is MINE. Sweetly, Me.)

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  9. My favorite french meal is a simple croque monsieur and some great duck fat pomme frites. I love complicated food, but my comfort food is simple and delicious!

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  10. Please enter me in the contest!

    My favorite French meal is the one I make for my birthday every year (I hate going out for my birthday): Veuve champagne and gougeres to start; cabernet sauvignon and boeuf bourguignon with buttered egg noodles as a main course; salad vinaigrette and stinky cheese with the rest of the champagne next; and to end, a nice port and mousse au chocolate made with dark valhrona.

    For my fantasy dinner guests, I'd like to have Julia Child and her husband Paul, Avis de Voto, and Ines dlF (who would talk to Julia about her clothing options). I'd invite Colin Firth, but I'm afraid I would end up fawning over him and ignoring my husband. :-)

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  11. In 10 minutes? Wow. My perfect French meal would be a croque monsieur at an outdoor cafe with a hot French guy across the table from me. Ahhh . . .

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  12. I once made the fabulous meal for friends. Grey Goose martinis and gougere appetizers, composed salad (roasted beets, haricot vert), bœuf bourguignon, Nigella Lawson molten chocolate babycakes for dessert. Yummy yum yum.

    Second favorite French meal was croque monsieur from stand in Tuilieres during first trip to Paris in 2001...hopefully not my last trip.

    Would love the book.
    Christine G.

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  13. Mussels. Mussels with saffron, mussels with cream, mussels with wine and herbs. I spent a lovely week in the south of France slurping mussels! And then had the most delectable nougat ice cream that I'm still trying to recreate.

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  14. My favorite french meal was a baguette and cheese sitting in the centre pompidou watching a juggler. When I was in Paris, I barely had a cent to my name and traveled and ate like a vagabond -- complete with all my belongings for months carried on my back -- but it was the best meal ever! I was in Paris and I had the best bread and cheese on the planet and it only cost a pittance.

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  15. PS A, I am giving away a leather cuff that I think you might like -- please enter on my blog. I could totally see it being your style. You can pick any color you want from the artists etsy shop and she'll ship it direct to you from Belgium. K

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