This is part of my Summer Reads series where I’ll be reviewing a series of “not just cookbooks”.
“Markets bring neighbours together. They introduce us to the people who grow our food, the people who feed us. They are a source of new ideas, inspiration, and recipes.” Such is the premise of Emily Dilling’s My Paris Market Cookbook. Originally published in 2015, a completely updated version of the book is set for release tomorrow, June 25th 2019, which will make Francophiles, Paris market-o-philes and Paris-lovers everywhere very happy! Though it does have the word “cookbook” in the title, this is so much more than a cookbook, and so deserves a place in this year’s Summer Reads series as, if you are like me, you might just enjoy those stories and headnotes more than some novels!
From the publisher:
Based on Emily Dilling’s popular blog, ParisPaysanne.com, this fully updated new edition of My Paris Market Cookbook takes readers on a tour of Paris’s growing artisanal and craft food scene, including coverage of the latest developments and new generation of chefs and artisans who are indelibly changing the food climate. Visits to markets with local farmers, coffee roasters, and craft brewers offer insight into the exciting development of local food movements in the city of lights and its surrounding region. Complete with seasonal recipes inspired by local products, farmers, chefs, restaurants, and cafés, My Paris Market Cookbook brings the experience of shopping for, and cooking with fresh, locally grown food into readers’ homes and kitchens.
A guide for a new generation of culinary travelers, My Paris Market Cookbook provides curious cooks and avid Francophiles with a unique itinerary for rediscovering the city, including tips on how to find the best off-the-beaten-path natural wine bars, craft breweries, urban gardens, and farm-to-table cafés and restaurants. It’s the perfect handbook for travelers, food lovers, or anyone visiting or living in France—and those of us who just want to cook and eat like a Parisian!
So why an updated version? Well, as Emily says: “in the years since the first edition of this book was published, the treasures that I hunted for – farm-fresh produce, craft beer, quality coffee, natural wine – have become increasingly easy to find in the capital“. The food and drink scene in Paris has exploded in recent years so an updated version was a natural progression. There are also new recipes and you might – ahem – recognise one of them 😉
For people using this as a guide book, the information will be much more up to date but, as with any guide book, it’s best to phone/ Google or even walk by to check opening hours/ availability etc.. The book is meant as both a guide/ resource for those visiting Paris and who want to seek out the best produce/ markets/ craft and artisinal offerings but also for those who can’t get to Paris but who will be able to travel there via the recipes and stories (so, really a great read for anyone!).
In terms of market information, for those travelling there, the book takes you through the year, season by season, letting you know which produce to look for at certain times of the year and where (markets/ farmers/ producers) to look for it. There are lots of tips not just for finding some “hidden gem” vendors at markets but also market etiquette and information on how to understand the various signage – a most excellent non-traditional way to tour around Paris!
Great recipes, useful information, gorgeous photos that transport you to the markets of Paris and lots of stories – how could you possibly go wrong for a great “take me away” Summer Read?
About those recipes… Emily’s given me permission to share a recipe from the book and since we’re coming into tomato season, I thought Five Herb Baked Tomatoes/ Tomates Provençales might be a nice one to welcome summer! An easy way to bring a little bit of France to your table this summer and a great example of the simple, authentically French dishes Emily’s chosen to highlight in her recipe selection in the book. Not all French food is haute cuisine! This is the way the French really eat!
- 8 medium sized round tomatoes
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) + 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Herbes de Provence (Oregano, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme)
- 4 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- Fresh parsley or basil, coarsely chopped
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- Cut tomatoes, about 2 centimeters from top, and arrange, cut side up.
- Lightly coat a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- Arrange tomatoes in dish so that they fit snugly together. Sprinkle each tomato with Herbes de Provence and chopped garlic.
- Drizzle 1/4 cup of olive oil over tomatoes.
- Place in oven on the top rack and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until garlic becomes golden and tomatoes have begun to give their juices while still maintaining their form.
- Serve warm, topped with a pinch of sea salt and fresh basil or parsley.
Excerpted from My Paris Market Cookbook by Emily Dilling (2019). Used with permission.
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