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.