Recipes: “Food52 Mighty Salads” by editors at Food52




Easy Recipes to warm your belly this Winter! “CHEF Q IN PARIS” by DIDIER QUEMENER



#1 Amazon Best Selling Author in French Cooking, Food & Wine

A Parisian private chef invites you into his kitchen for a taste of his favorite winter recipes—and anecdotes about growing up in the French countryside.

Chef Didier Quémener, author of Chef Q in Paris: The Fall Collection, is back with his second book, this time focusing on winter. Didier’s mantra is cooking with seasonal products. They’re inexpensive and flavorful. What’s not to love? Growing up in the French countryside, Didier learned how to make the most of each season, choosing the tastiest ingredients to warm the body and soul. Today, he shares delicious, easy and inexpensive recipes, as well as tips and stories from his life then and now.

Like Didier’s fall cookbook, this one, too, has French flair, but doesn’t stop at French borders. Didier has traveled throughout the U.S., Europe and China, and he brings these voyages to his cuisine. If you enjoy cookbooks with a seasonal and international flavor, this one will delight your palate!

Author Interview

It’s such a fun idea to have four cookbooks in your series, one for each season. Why did you choose to focus on seasonal cooking?

Seasonal products are the key to great cooking! To truly enjoy food at its best, we have to appreciate what nature gives us—and at the time when it’s ready to be on our plates. For instance, I can’t see myself cooking a cherry pie in December or a French apple tart in June! Follow the seasons, and logically your meals will be tastier.

French cuisine sounds delicious but French cooking sounds hard. Are your recipes easy? Involved? Somewhere in-between?

That’s another myth that needs a good debunking! Like all great cuisine in this world, French cuisine started in the countryside where people had to be wise and frugal, using products available to them at a given time. Today, French “haute-cuisine” is a different ballgame, but when it comes to traditional, original and tasty French cooking, there is nothing complicated about it. The recipe? A bit of time, the right products and the right method!

You’re a French-American chef living in Paris who sometimes works in the U.K. and often travels the world. I’m guessing I’ll find international influences in your cookbook, and not just French recipes, right?

You’re correct! That’s what I love about traveling: being exposed to a variety of cuisines, products, stories behind recipes, etc. I love to learn about new foods and ingredients, and see how the locals use them in their cooking. Then I bring my discoveries back to my own kitchen!


French Cookbooks
Seasonal Cookbooks
Gourmet Cookbooks

For new and experienced cooks who like: french cooking, seasonal cooking, appetizer recipes, dessert recipes, main course recipes, drink recipes, cocktail recipes, healthy eating, healthy cooking, french cuisine, secrets of the best chefs, gourmet cooking, vegetarian recipes, clean eating


This book is just as good, if not better than his Fall Collection cookbook!

My favorite thing about his cookbooks are the easy to follow directions and easy to find ingredients.

This collection of Winter recipes is sure to warm your belly!

I also appreciate how he explains and shows you how clean and healthy eating isn’t as difficult of intimidating as it seems.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and honestly adding his book collection would be an excellent addition to anyone’s kitchen, and these would make great gifts for the cook and/or food lover in your life.

Recipes: “Food52 A New Way to Dinner”



A smart, inspiring cookbook of 100+ recipes from the founders of the powerhouse web site Food52 showing just how they–two busy working parents–actually plan, shop, and cook for delicious dinners (and breakfasts, lunches, and desserts)–all through the week. The secret? Cooking ahead.

Finally, anyone can learn how to maximize (and enjoy) time in the kitchen. Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs start with flexible base dishes they make on the weekend, then use them in multiple ways for quick weekday meals–exactly the way they really cook for themselves and their families. Both authors tackles every month of the year, providing seasonal recipes and clever tips and strategies that yield delicious, dependable results. This indispensable cookbook lays out the building blocks of modern meal planning, encouraging readers to be creative, confident, and resourceful in the kitchen all year-round.


I like this book, I like the layout, I like the recipes.

However, I do not think it is ideal for two working parents planning ahead. I am not a parent, but even preparing ahead just for the two of us is a big undertaking  with these recipes, and I am certainly not spending weekends grocery shopping and cooking for the week ahead.

A really nice cookbook, but not what I am looking for as far as plan ahead meals. As far as a regular cookbook, with a Seasonal layout,  and full lists of ingredients and instructions, I highly recommend it.

I am sure some Mom’s out there will find this useful too, it simply and honestly isn’t what I was looking for, but I certainly cannot knock the quality of this book because of my personal search for plan ahead meals!

Go give it a try and get back with me about what ideas you tried and how it worked out.

My honest review is for a special copy from NetGalley that I voluntarily read.

It will be available for purchase October 18th 2016

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