If you haven’t signed up for the BelaKharma Cookbook Club yet, you are missing out! Stop being mean to your taste buds!
Cookbook club is a ‘no pressure, contribute if you’d like but only if it brings you joy’ type of club. We only chat online in our Facebook group and share tips, photos, and discussions about the food. If you would like to join, we would love to have you and if you sign up before June 29, you will automatically be entered to win our June Cookbook Club prize pack. Sign up HERE.
This month, we chose Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local by Clotilde Dusoulier as our club book.
Clotilde is a French food writer living in Paris who has written a number of great cookbooks and her blog, Chocolate and Zucchini, is absolutely worth a follow. Her style of writing is fresh as are the recipes she shares.
I was first introduced to Chocolate and Zucchini by friend and French market expert, Marjorie R. Williams, and thank her frequently for turning me on to Clotilde. I find her writing delightful and when the Tasting Paris book came out a few months ago, I was one of the first buyers. I love cooking and read cookbooks like novels. Clotilde’s book does not disappoint. In addition to the mouth-watering photos (and there are plenty of those!), the book is organized in a narrative format, with background information and local stories, which gives the reader a good sense of the food and culture.
Within a week of getting the book, I made the Bistro Vinaigrette (Marjorie has the full recipe here). So fresh, simple and absolutely fantastic.
Bela jumped right in to try a recipe as well. Lentil Soup
After dabbling and earmarking about 30 pages, I found the one I had to try. I am such a sucker for North African flavors, so the Tfaya Chicken with Cous Cous screamed out to me. Given the large population of Paris, Clotilde adds a few recipes that are influenced by the diverse Parisian community which is both unique and appreciated!
I make a killer Moroccan stew and the flavors start out very similarly but this tfaya is incredible. Tfaya is a raisin and caramelized onion dish that is usually paired with slow braised lamb dishes and similar dishes. This will be definitely added to my dinner rotation this summer (and fall, winter, spring).
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