Posts Tagged “French”

Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Borough Wines – Maison 54 Pét Nat

Maison 54 Pét Nat was a totally new wine for me and it was a revelation. If this is the quality of naturally sparkling wine, then sign me up for a case or two! But firstly, what’s in a name? The name ‘Maison 54’ gives a nod to the address in Paris where surrealist artists…

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Jean-Didier Gouges at The Petersham

Jean-Didier Gouges at The Petersham

There are few hotels I like more than the characterful Petersham, overlooking the River Thames in Richmond. And to compound the joy, there is a restaurant to admirably partner that hotel, and its Head Chef is Jean-Didier Gouges! This young man is charming, with a smile that seems never far from his lips. He is…

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French Pâtisserie – A baking class – review

French Pâtisserie – A baking class – review

Master Recipes and Techniques from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts Mostly Food & Travel Journal Baking Book of 2017 I review many books during the year. The majority of them have great culinary merit and illustrate the passion of those who penned these volumes. They come in all sizes but sometimes they are just…

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Le Garrick: Steak with je ne sais quoi – restaurant review

Le Garrick: Steak with je ne sais quoi – restaurant review

Le Garrick restaurant and wine bar is conveniently located in the heart of Covent Garden in London’s West End. I am no stranger here even though this neighbourhood has a wealth of restaurants of every culinary hue. It’s a timeless treasure and became one of my favourite restaurants after that very first visit. As I…

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Côte – Dinner in Kingston – restaurant review

Côte – Dinner in Kingston – restaurant review

This is a lovely spot on the River Thames and well patronised by shoppers during the day and socialisers in the evening. But despite its modern façade, Kingston has history and how a lote of restaurants such as Côte. It belonged to the king in Saxon times, as its name suggests, and was the earliest…

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Le Garrick, Covent Garden – restaurant review

Le Garrick, Covent Garden – restaurant review

Le Garrick restaurant and wine bar is conveniently located in the heart of Covent Garden in London’s West End. It’s a little gem and after just one visit has become my preferred restaurant, my dining establishment of choice and a place I am almost loathe to promote for fear I won’t get a table next…

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Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, Canary Wharf – restaurant review

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte, Canary Wharf – restaurant review

We are spoilt for choice in London, and indeed in many cities. We can chance a fishy Japanese breakfast, indulge in lavish Italian lunches, feast at eventide on exotic Indian fare, and feed our need for iffy kebabs in the wee small hours. Every restaurant, café and street cart offers extensive menus showcasing its particular…

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French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier – review

French Market Cookbook by Clotilde Dusoulier – review

This is a unique and surprising book in so many ways. It’s a Parisian cookbook but it’s a vegetarian recipe book. It’s undoubtedly French but reflects the fresher dishes from the traditional repertoire. It’s a Paris-market cookbook, but those markets offer produce from across the country. The author of French Market Cookbook – Vegetarian recipes…

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Chocolat by Eric Lanlard – yes, its chocolate – review

Chocolat by Eric Lanlard – yes, its chocolate – review

The world loves chocolate, and combine that with a dashing chef with a rich French accent and recipes for goods that have graced many a French patisserie window, and one has the makings of a successful cookbook. Yes, it’s true that one can’t actually hear Eric’s Gallic tones but one can imagine. Eric has impeccable…

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Brompton Bar & Grill, London – restaurant review

Brompton Bar & Grill, London – restaurant review

(This restaurant has now closed) This has become, after just one visit, a favourite restaurant. Brompton Bar & Grill is a confident and classic establishment with all those attributes for which we search, mostly in vain, across the Channel. Phrases like ‘you can’t eat like that in England’ and ‘nobody does a steak like the…

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Macarons by Pierre Hermé – review

Macarons by Pierre Hermé – review

Pierre Hermé is the fourth generation of a family of bakers from Alsace in France. He has been working and learning his trade since he was just 14 years old, when he started as a lowly apprentice. He was in Paris with the celebrated pâtissier, Gaston Lenôtre, who was to become Pierre’s greatest professional influence….

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The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot – review

The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot – review

Ginette Mathiot was one of the most celebrated French food writers. She was so respected that she was awarded Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government. She was into her 90s when she died after a long and celebrated career. Ginette Mathiot wrote over 30 books including the famous Je Sais Cuisiner –…

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French Brasserie Cookbook by Daniel Galmiche – review

French Brasserie Cookbook by Daniel Galmiche – review

The prospect of “French cooking” brings many of us out in a cold sweat. It’s the thought of a sauce with 27 stages and pastry that takes a week to prepare that sends us into a tizzy. Who has time, and who needs to eat a kilo of butter at each meal; and then there…

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French Lessons by Justin North – review

French Lessons by Justin North – review

I have often said, and indeed at length, that I do not subscribe to the philosophy that French food is best. In my humble opinion it stands shoulder to shoulder with the other classic cuisines of China and India. Each one offers something unique and distinct. There is much to recommend French food, however. If…

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Macaron by Alison Thompson – review

Macaron by Alison Thompson – review

They are becoming ubiquitous. Those colourful chubby discs are showing up in smart patisseries across the land. They have long been popular in France and we are all very ready to state that French food is best. Well, I would not go that far (although I am driven to admit that the French make the…

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Cuisinier Gascon by Pascal Aussignac- review

Cuisinier Gascon by Pascal Aussignac- review

Yes, it’s true dear reader, that this reviewer does love cookbooks. How often have I urged you to scurry off and purchase a particular title? You might be shocked to hear that I am asking you not to buy a single copy of this book. I can hear the gasp from the author and the…

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Le Colombier, Chelsea – restaurant review

Le Colombier, Chelsea – restaurant review

I started thinking about food on my journey to Le Colombier. I started thinking about engineering, haulage and transport when I arrived at Le Colombier. How did they manage it? Had they transported a bit of France to Chelsea? Was the original restaurant removed in sections from some smart Parisian street? Was the furniture stacked…

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An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David – review

An Omelette and a Glass of Wine by Elizabeth David – review

I review books by many new authors, many smart young foodies and quite a few old stagers, who each have lots to offer the culinary opus. Elizabeth David is, depending on your viewpoint, either a shining star in a dazzling firmament or a treasure island in the sea of mediocrity. It’s true that Elizabeth David…

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New Bistro by Fran Warde – review

New Bistro by Fran Warde – review

The name ‘bistro’ is said to have come from the dark days when Paris was full of Russian troops. It was 1815 and they had captured the city and would shout “bystro” to the waiters of the cafes. This meant “quickly” in Russian and so those establishments were considered as places where fast food was…

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Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery by Jane Grigson – review

Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery by Jane Grigson – review

This book has been around for a good many years and that’s a good indication that it’s a worthwhile read. You can bet that any book that is reprinted as many times as Charcuterie and French Pork Cookery is a winner with the public. I have been looking forward to delving into the pages and…

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