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This weekend while I was at Easton with Hallie I spotted the French Feast Cookbook I reviewed last week! It was on the shelves at Anthropologie, along with a bunch of other great cookbooks!

Here is the review: Cookbook Review of French Feasts

Here is the page at Anthropologie.com

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I saved this review to do around the holidays because I think it would make a great gift and is filled with rich French food that makes me think of the holidays.

French Feasts: 299 Traditional Recipes for Family Meals & Gatherings

Stephane Reynaud

French Feasts at Amazon

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (2009)

This is a beautiful book that covers everything from classic French stews to creme brulee. It is filled with fun illustrations, gorgeous photographs and 299 recipes. Below each recipe is a wine pairing. I love the book’s character and style.

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Ratings:

Presentation of book: A (hard cover, lots of great photographs, heavy to carry around)

Difficulty of recipes: A- (overall recipes seemed easy to follow despite their complex names, a few dishes took a while to cook but not all of it was preparation time)

Healthy: C+ (many whole food ingredients were used and some recipes could probably be adapted to make them more healthy, lots of butter, oil and cheese)

Vegetarian/ Gluten Free: B (veggie or gluten free recipes were not on purpose but there were some, and modifications could be made to these recipes)

Entertaining: B+ (you could use this to entertain with, but I would suggest trying a few recipes first)

Overall, I would buy this for my coffee table because it is so pretty and it makes a statement. I don’t see myself opening it up and using it very often but I would also use it for a gourmet club dinner I was hosting or a special holiday dish. I think it would be a great gift for a friend who is into French cooking or culture or someone who just got back from a European trip!

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Good Eats: The Early Years

Alton Brown

Good Eats at Amazon.com

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (2009)

This cookbook is perfect for someone who likes read and understand what and how they are cooking. This book is packed with details about where food originated and how it came to be what it is today. The book also includes tons of tips and cooking hints to help you out in the kitchen. If you are looking for a deeper understanding of your food and how you prepare it, this is for you!

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Ratings:

Presentation of book: B + (hard cover, too big to easily flip through with one hand, not a picture of every single recipe though, nice photos and tidbits of information)

Difficulty of recipes: B (there is a wide variety of recipes from difficult to easy)

Healthy: C (health was not the focus of the book – lots of common ingredients but not necessarily healthy ones, some ingredients are whole food based )

Vegetarian/ Gluten Free: C- (veggie or gluten free recipes were not on purpose but there were some, and modifications could be made to these recipes)

Entertaining: B (many of the recipes are meant to serve a family, the desserts serve more like 8-10 people)

Overall, this book is an interesting read. I don’t think I will open it up to make dinner each night, but I find the techniques helpful and the history interesting.

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THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF GOOD EATS IS TODAY!

ALTON BROWN HAS A BLOCKBUSTER LINE-UP…

Tuesday, October 6

THE TODAY SHOW & THE VIEW

Thursday, October 8

SESAME STREET (AB to do word of the day)

THE LATE SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON

Friday, October 9

CBS EARLY SHOW

Sunday, October 11

WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED / NPR

EVENTS

October 9                   Barnes & Noble, Union Square, NYC

Oct.10-11                    Food & Wine Festival, NYC

October 13                 Brookline Booksmith @ Coolidge Corner Theater, Boston

October 14                 Sur La Table, Arlington, VA

October 14                 Smithsonian, Washington DC

October 15                 Borders, Michigan Ave, Chicago

October 16                 Third Place Books, Seattle, WA

October 17                 Costco, San Diego, CA

October 18                 Combined Whole Foods & Book People, Austin, TX

December 5                 BJ’s, Atlant


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Simple Stunning Parties at Home

Karen Bussen

Simple Stunning Parties at Home at Amazon

Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang (2009)

This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys entertaining and having people over! It has lists to keep the host or hostess organized, ideas for theme parties, decor reccommendations and even music ideas. The beautiful pictures make this book fun to look at and get ideas from!

  

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Ratings:

Presentation of book: A + (hard cover, a picture of many great things – food, decor and place settings)

Difficulty of recipes: B (easy to follow instructions, some not common ingredients)

Healthy: B+ (health was not the focus of the book but many whole food ingredients were used)

Vegetarian/ Gluten Free: B (veggie or gluten free recipes were not on purpose but there were some, and modifications could be made to these recipes)

Entertaining: A+ (the focus of this book!)

Overall, I would buy this for myself and for a friend and for my mom and for anyone who likes having people over. It is a great resource to add to your library!

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Check out the cookbook review page for the run down on this new cookbook:

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Cookbook Reviews!

Check out the cookbook reviews on my new page!

The Healthy Hostess Reviews Cookbooks

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