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Cookbook Review ~ Kids Cook French

Review By: Gloria Cohen

This book is a delight; you don’t need to speak/read French to enjoy this collection of classic French recipes. This new book offers kids a world of culture and kitchen know-how as they learn to cook French.


Les Enfants Cuisinent A LA Francaise

By Claudine Pepin

Illustrations By Jacques Pepin

Kids Cook French Cover (hi-res)

According to world-renown chef, Jacques Pepin, “the moment for a child to be in the kitchen is from the moment they are born”

Jacques daughter Claudine Pepin has created a fun interactive cookbook for both parents and kids, introducing them to the arts and joy of cooking. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and hands-on preparation, dishes include traditional starters, main courses, and deserts.

You will find from the very start of this book, that the left side page is in English and the right side is in French. I like this, as it’s also a way to have fun recognizing the French words for the classic recipes found in restaurants around the world.… Read More

Cookbook Review ~The Complete Guide To Making Mead

Review By: Gloria Cohen

If you ever wanted to try your hand at making your own mead or honey wine, this is the perfect book, Also a great gift for the upcoming holidays.

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO MAKING MEADThe Ingredients, Equipment, Processes, and Recipes for Crafting Honey Wineby Steve PiatzVoyageur Press



An up-to-date, modern, and authoritative guide to homemade mead-making. Whether you’re the stone-cold beginner to a seasoned veteran, the book has something for everybody. Author Steve Piatz begins with a brief history of the fermented beverage and continues in chapters which include:

Characteristics and Varieties
The Basic Process
Yeast Strains
Recipe Development
Finishing Your Mead
You will be treated to discussions of yeast and special ingredients, as well as what equipment is necessary and recommended and an illustrated and detailed look at the basic process. Readers will also discover advanced techniques, such as oaking, clarifying, aging, spicing, and blending.… Read More

Cookbook Reviews: Le Livre Blanc – Anne-Sophie Pic

Cookbook: ART!
 From France’s only 3-Michelin Starred Female Chef
Review by: Gloria Cohen
Review By: Gloria COhen
It should come as no surprise that this deservedly celebrated chef should pen such a stunningly gorgeous cookbook – beautiful in content and form.
From the crystalline simplicity of the photography to the cutout slipcase. Le Livre Blanc explores Pic’s unique approach to her art, with dishes arranged idiosyncratically into six chapters: soft pink and acid yellow: contemporary memories; iodine in the earth; the weight of air; traditional eccentricity and the margins of frontiers. 
blue lobster dish - just blue lobster - homard
blue lobster dish – just blue lobster – homard
Le Livre Blanc was born from the desire to document the inimitable culinary of Ann-Sophie Pic: to communicate the purity and simplicity that have gained her critical acclaim and Michelin stars at Le Restaurant Pic and Beau-Rivage Palace.
Throughout, Pic delivers insights into her creative process; the interplay of imagination and memory in creating dishes; and the associations between flavors and textures that make her cooking unique.  … Read More