Cheers – it was my birthday on the weekend and today it’s my blog’s THIRD birthday! What better way to celebrate both than with a fabulous apéro and some fancy French snacks, right? Fortunately, I received a copy of The Bonne Femme Cookbook recently from the kind folks at Harvard Common Press and I had been dying to test some of the recipes so I invited some friends over to help me – for my birthday, but really, “for the blog”. My friends are used to “taking one for the blog” these days so an invite to a “blog food meal” is not unusual.
The book, the brainchild of Wini Moranville of Chez Bonne Femme, is “authentic French cooking without fuss or fear, the way real French families eat today. Now that the typical French woman, the bonne femme of the title, works outside of the home just like her American counterpart (and now that French men, like their American frères, are often in charge of getting dinner on the table), the emphasis is on easy techniques and speedy preparation.”
It’s a user-friendly (though I missed illustrations or pictures of the dishes, to be honest) manual of up-to-date French classic recipes, demystified for today’s busy cook which includes a ton of time-saving tips. The over 250 recipes are short and sweet – not intimidating at all – and just about every page contains a recipe I want to try. Ahem. Moranville’s writing is lighthearted and conversational – it’s kind of like having her in your kitchen chatting as you cook – a lovely trait for a food writer to have! You can read more about the book here.
For my little “apéro“, I made delicious “Croques Jeune Homme Amuses Bouches” – ham and cheese in buttery puff pastry. Mmmmm… So much easier than a croque monsieur and so much easier to handle at a cocktail party!
And last but not least, Frenchified wings – Lemon Saffron Rosemary Wings to be exact! These were delightful – unlike most “Buffalo” wings that you get here in North America. Fresh and elegant tasting – well as elegant as finger food can be!
And hey, what’s a party without presents? Well thanks to Harvard Common Press, I have one copy of the Bonne Femme Cookbook to giveaway to one lucky reader anywhere in the world. HCP will cover the shipping within Canada and North America but if you happen to win and you live elsewhere, I will pick up the tab for the remainder of the shipping. Just my way of saying “thanks” for reading over the past three years – I hope you will stick around!
To enter? Simply leave me a comment telling me what your favourite cocktail snack is.
Bonus entry? Tweet the following message:
Celebrate @eatlivtravwrite ‘s blog birthday and win a copy of @winimoranville ‘s cookbook http://bit.ly/Kb6VL4 Open to anyone/anywhere!
Then come back to leave me a separate comment telling me you did.
Contest closes on Tuesday May 22nd at 9pm EST and winner will be announced Wednesday May 23rd. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was provided with a complimentary review copy of the Bonne Femme Cookbook by Harvard Common Press. I was not otherwise compensated and was not obligated to write a post about it. HCP will provide one (1) copy of the Bonne Femme Cookbook as a giveaway prize and will cover shipping costs in North America and Canada. Should the winner be from elsewhere, I will cover the remainder of the shipping costs myself.