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J’adore #58 – Book Edition

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J' adore # 58 Book Edition

The fall is an amazing time of year for books, it is high season for releases and it is perfect timing for the holidays. Everyone has a bookworm in their family. In my case, my entire family is nuts for books!

These days we are shifting more to digital, it is just more convenient when it comes to traveling, but I still love certain books – cookbooks, history books – in my hand. The tactile feel and smell of the paper are heavenly to a book worm. As with all the J’adore posts, I wanted to share a few things I have spotted during my travels across the internet or have experienced/tasted/read in real life.

Today’s focus is books. I can never get enough. Well, my bookshelves can. And I spent part of my Thanksgiving weekend purging my stacks and stacks of books (donated to a local charity for those I no longer want) to make new for new ones. Here are the ones on my radar.

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BREAD by Dean Brettschneider

This is the ultimate in food porn in the Misadventures household. There is one thing neither one of us can resist and that is good bread. My hubby is French, it is in his DNA (seriously, my French mother-in-law has been known to “borrow” the bread from certain restaurants in Paris, somehow ending up in her purse for her tartine the next morning). And I have already written about the power of bread on the Portuguese side of my family! We have tried our hand at making baguettes in Paris, but it takes much more time to master the skill. That is where Dean Brettschneider and his new book BREAD come in.

The book is packed with many, many tips for baking bread perfectly every time. There are more than 60 recipes for rustic, healthy, savory, sweet and festive breads from every corner of the world and Chef Brettschneider guides you through every step of the bread-making process. For me, the best part are the gorgeous photos, I can literally smell the bread when I look at the pictures of everything from panettone and focaccia to cider loaf and rye bread!

Come to mama!

Frites Anne De La Forest

Frites Anne De La Forest

Mr. Misadventures is obsessed with fries. But here’s the thing. We’ve never made them at home. We’ve talked about making them all the time. What kind, what we’ll fry them in, what we will dip them in. Seriously, lots of talk. But now things have changed. Now we have Anne De La Forest’s new book Frites. It is a game-changer. Now the discussion is, which one first!

The book explores the various sizes, shapes, and flavors of the French Fry and covers many different cooking styles and types of ingredients. There is everything from polenta and asparagus to classic French frites and American-style skinny fries.

Where’s the ketchup?! (By the way, you’ve got to get your hands on Sosu small batch sriracha ketchup, I am eating it by the gallon these days!)

French Bistro by Maria Zihammou

French Bistro Maria Zihammou

When Mr. Misadventures and I are in Paris most of the time we are eating meals in bistros. It is like home cooking and you have a wide variety of dishes available to you depending on the focus of the particular establishment. One of our favorites is Comme Chez Maman and on our last trip, we had an amazing (yet-to-be-written-about) meal at Astier. So I was happy to pick up French Bistro by Maria Zihammou.

This book beautifully captures the best of French bistro cuisine recipes. There is a rustic flair and Zihammou’s use of simple ingredients makes this a must-have kitchen companion. There are many classic French dishes as well as modern twists on regional cuisines. Favorites like oysters au gratin with garlic butter; crepes; chicken with lavender honey and lemon sauce;  sole with butter sauce and butter-fried capers; and much more.

Bon Appétit!

French Regional Food by Loic Bienassis and Joel Robuchon

French Regional Food by Loic Bienassis and Joel Robuchon

This is Mr. Misadventures current bedtime reading. I don’t mind. Every post-it note that gets added to that book means a heavenly meal for me to devour. What can you say about a book that combines the deep food knowledge of historian Loic Bienassis with “Chef of the Century” Joel Robuchon? It’s fabulous! We are big fans of Chef Robuchon and the francophile in me can’t get enough of the background and insights into how these dishes came to be.

French Regional Food is beautifully illustrated and features over 250 locally produced ingredients with more than 50 recipes. This book is a must-have for anyone who loves France, fine cooking, European history, or cultural travel.

The Farm to Table French Phrasebook by Victoria Mas

The Farm to Table French Phrasebook by Victoria-Mas

All this talk of French food got you wanting to hop on a plane and head to France? I don’t blame you! But when you get there, it might be helpful if you had a language guide for foodies that assists you with essential French food expressions. In The Farm to Table French Phrasebook you’ll learn how to: navigate produce markets, charcuteries, and pâtisseries; prepare meals the French way; speak the language of Paris’s top restaurants and bistros; pair regional wines with delicious cheeses; and master the proper table etiquette for dining in a friend’s home.

It is simple and easy to follow, the size is just right for throwing in your bag for the day (might I suggest one of Kasia Dietz bags? It’s perfect for picking things up at the market…)

Naughty Paris by Heather Stimmler-Hall

Naughty Paris

Photo credit: Laura Zuckerman

Ladies, while you are visiting Paris, don’t forget to treat yourself to a little bit of fun…naughty fun! In the updated version of Naughty Paris, Heather Stimmler-Hall has filled this elegant, beautifully-made travel guide to the brim with the sexy, feminine side of the City of Light.

The book is written by a professional travel writer living in Paris since 1995. Heather is a trusted source for real insider tips, the latest addresses, and zero fluff! It’s created by an independent publisher (an American living in Paris and photographer living in Canada) and printed by a family-owned, green-certified printer in France, so they can feel good about promoting small businesses and protecting the environment – love that! Love it so much I participated in the Kickstarted campaign to bring this second edition to print and I love how it turned out!

Oh la la!

That’s it for this edition of J’adore, now do you see why I needed to create space on my bookshelf?!

How about you? Which of these books has captured your attention? Not much of a bookworm? What are YOU currently adoring?

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