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Another month down!! So far, we have traveled to Italy, China, Greece, and this month, France. It has been so fun for me because I am definitely reaching outside of my comfort zone. I’ve discovered some delicious cuisines, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

This is a humongous book with over 700 pages. There are not only recipes, but lots of technique teaching as well. This is one of those books that you could sit down with and learn quite a bit. I wish I would have had more time to go through it and read more from it. I have liked using library books so that I know if I want to buy the book or not, and this one is seriously tempting me!

Cooking Times Listed in Recipes: no
This is one of those cookbooks that you definitely want to read through thoroughly before starting. There were many times that I got a bit messed up because of time – but that would have been avoided if I would have paid attention to the recipe.

Number of Photos: very few

There are 2 4-page spreads of photos, but that is not a lot considering the book is over 700 pages! I know that publishing a cookbook with photos is expensive, but I wish that the publishers knew how important photos are to the readers!

Difficulty Level of Recipes: medium
Some of these recipes were much easier than I anticipated. But there were still some recipes in the book that I read through and intimidated me a bit. I think it was a good mix, though – recipes that I would be comfortable making, and others that would test me as a cook.

Availability of Ingredients: medium to hard
I think that when I do these cookbooks from all over the world, I’m going to no doubt run into unfamiliar ingredients. Especially if the book is truly authentic. There were things like squab and rabbit that I wouldn’t be able to find here, but of course they are going to be included because the recipes are true French recipes. So I can’t really complain. But in such a large cookbook, there are more than enough recipes that I can make with commonly found ingredients!

Quiche Lorraine – 4 out of 5

Hot Chocolate Souffles – 4.5 out of 5

Baked Eggs with Creamed Spinach – 5 out of 5

Chicken Poached in Broth – 4.25 out of 5

Overall Rating: 4.44 out of 5

This was quite a successful cookbook. Especially the Baked Eggs with Creamed Spinach – the first recipe I’ve given 5 out of 5. (My mouth still salivates thinking about that dish!) There were a lot more recipes I want to try out of the book. Especially in the dessert section. Just about every one of those recipes sounded delicious to me. I think it’s about time I bought myself a French dessert cookbook!!

My husband is probably going to kill me for May’s Cookbook of the Month choice – Indian Home Cooking by Suvir Saran and Stephanie Lyness. Not only does he not really care for Indian cooking, but he hates the way it makes the house smell. I’m going to have to chose a few days to do the whole month’s worth of recipes so I don’t make the house smell like Indian food for a month straight! But I’m excited, because I love Indian food and I’ve never really tried to make it at home before. Do any of you have a favorite Indian dish? If so, I’d love to hear it so I can see if this cookbook has a version!

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8 Responses to April Cookbook of the Month Review

  1. Brenda says:


    One of my favourite Indian dishes is Chicken Makhani, commonly known as Butter Chicken. It is out of this world!! You have to try it. I just love Indian food. Enjoy!

  2. The Meal Planner says:

    Deborah, I just found you through the Everything Rachael Ray Roundup: http://www.everythingrachaelray.com/2010/04/rachael-ray-roundup_30.html and after just a few minutes of browsing your site have bookmarked a TON of recipes! You are doing a great job. I find the concept of your blog really interesting. I love that you cook through different cookbooks each month and review them. I subscribed to your blog and look forward to reading more of your recipes!

  3. The Meal Planner says:

    Oh and P.S. I completely LOVE Indian food. Butter Chicken, Chicken Korma, and Vindaloo are some of my favorite curries. But I would take a look for Pakoras in that book with some homemade chutneys. I make a wicked Aloo Pakora (Fried Potato Dumplings) that are reminiscent of a French Fry with Indian spices. Served with a slightly spicy sweet mango chutney it's the best. Your house WON'T smell like Indian food but I bet you could rope your family into eating those EASILY. Good luck!

  4. Joanne says:

    I loved reading through all of your French recipes this month! But I have to say. I can't wait for Indian. Your husband is probably just wary of the curry smell, which I think turns a lot of people off. But many Indian dishes don't even use curry! I love chicken tikka masala (which probably is not really Indian at all!) and anything with paneer.

  5. Kim says:

    This was a great roundup Deborah1 I would really love to try the baked eggs. It's been on my list for awhile.
    I think the Indian book will be lots of fun. I also like Chicken Makhani or butter chicken like Brenda. That's good stuff.

  6. Future Grown-Up says:

    I ended up buying this cookbook myself based on your reviews! You made everything sound and look so yummy and after flipping through the book I felt less guilty for buying another cookbook.

  7. Heather says:

    I have always loved your cookbook of the month features! And this year the 'traveling around the world' theme is awesome! What a great idea to take the cookbook of the month feature and take to a whole new level!

  8. Jessiker says:

    Looking forward to the Indian dishes!! I LOVE spice!

    Btw, I updated my blog major so please check it out in your free time 🙂

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