Cover of "The Chateau" by Catherine Cooper.

Summer Reads: The Chateau

This is part of my Summer Reads series where I’ll be sharing book recommendations –  a series of “not just cookbooks”. For this week’s Summer Reads pick, I’ve got a “twisty thriller” by Catherine Cooper – the author of The Chalet which was part of Summer Reads last year. From the publisher: They thought it … Read more

Cod baked in parchment paper with lemon and tomatoes.

Cook the Book Fridays: Portuguese-Style Cod and Beans en Papillote from Everyday Dorie

This week’s recipe for Cook the Book Fridays comes from Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook, Everyday Dorie.  Portuguese-Style Cod and Beans en Papillote is a lovely recipe that’s easy to prepare that feels fancy, even on a weeknight! You can prepare it a few hours in advance or just before you cook it – either way, it’s … Read more

Vanilla sablés on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper.

Tuesdays with Dorie: French Vanilla Sablés from Dorie’s Cookies

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe from Dorie’s Cookies was French Vanilla Sablés (p 332). Dorie says: I’ve always thought of the sablé as the perfect butter cookie, the one all shortbread strives to equal, and in this recipe I think you have the model cookie — it’s rich, as it should be; sandy, as … Read more

Book cover of The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley.

Summer Reads: The Paris Apartment

This is part of my Summer Reads series where I’ll be sharing book recommendations –  a series of “not just cookbooks”. Welcome to Summer Reads 2022! Typically the books I review on this site are cookbooks but in the summer I like to share some books that are perfect to read on the beach, the … Read more

Book cover of Toujours la France by Janine Marsh

French Fridays: Toujours la France (Living the Rural Dream in France)

Hello and Happy French Friday!  Today I’m looking at the perfect armchair travel read for Francophiles! It’s the third in a series written by the unstoppable Janine Marsh (of the fabulous The Good Life France website and newsletter. From the publisher: Following on from her hugely popular books, My Good Life in France and My … Read more

Mochaccicno Muffins from Baking with Dorie on a baking tray.

Tuesdays with Dorie: Mochaccicno Muffins from Baking with Dorie

This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is Mochaccicno Muffins from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking with Dorie – chocolate/coffee muffins that are fast to make and tasty (though I could have used more of the coffee flavour, to be honest, especially in a “morning” muffin!). These have both ground coffee (not coffee powder) and coffee syrup (like extract) … Read more