Best French Cookbooks 2023 | Learn French Cooking

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French cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines for food lovers all over the world. French food is rejoiced by people for its fineness and flavour. If you want to discover the secret of French cooking and master the art of French cuisine, then these best French cookbooks in 2023 can help you. Here you will find a variety of cookbooks on French cooking from renowned chefs. These books will surely help you to become a Masterchef on French cooking.
Peace, Love, and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes from a Chef's Home Kitchen
Author: Conant, Scott
Published at: 14/09/2021
ISBN: 1419747363

Thirty-five years into an illustrious career of restaurant openings across the country, widespread acclaim, and frequent appearances on the Food Network’s Chopped and many other shows, Scott Conant has returned home to create his most personal cookbook yet. Meals cooked from simple, fresh ingredients were staples of Conant’s childhood in a New England family with roots in Southern Italy. From his grandparents’ garden to the dinner table, he learned early on to appreciate the nuances of different flavors and ingredients, and the strong connection between food and family.

Focusing on these foods Conant grew up with and the ones he makes for his loved ones today, Peace, Love, and Pasta compiles simple, fresh, and flavorful Italian recipes for the home cook to bring to their own family’s table. These recipes are built on the art of cooking for love, fascination with flavors and ingredients, and the simple pleasures of taste and conviviality.

Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Beginners: 1000 Authentic Mediterranean Recipes to Lower Cholesterol and Ensure Lifelong Health | Ready in 30 Minutes or Less | Grocery Shopping List + 31-Day Plan
Author: Aros, Zoe
Published at: 11/09/2021

I absolutely loved the beginning sections of this book. There were so many charts and illustrations, like an illustration showing benefits each age group from child to.elderly could expect to see. I found these a great way to see what the book was discussing. Then we get into the recipes. I appreciated that this book also includes recipes from other popular diets like Whole30. I think that is a great way to draw people into the mediterranean lifestyle. Overall, I enjoyed this book.

The Complete Salad Cookbook: A Fresh Guide to 200+ Vibrant Dishes Using Greens, Vegetables, Grains, Proteins, and More (The Complete ATK Cookbook Series)
Author: America's Test Kitchen
Published at: 27/04/2021
ISBN: 1948703564

Our recipes feature salads like Pea Green Salad with Warm Apricot-Pistachio Vinaigrette and Tomato Salad with Steak Tips as well as Crispy Eggplant Salad, and riffs on classics: Caesar salad with grilled romaine or pasta salad with One-Pot Pasta Salad with Chicken (and tomatoes, olives, pepperoncini, green beans, arugula, feta). Sidebars highlight surprising salad ingredients such as couscous, purslane, curry powder, and radicchio.

You'll also acquire ideas and inspiration to assemble your own salads in The Architecture of a Green Salad, with great tips on mixing and matching ingredients, flavors, and textures. The Salad Bar chapter equips you with an assortment of dressings, toppings, infused oils, and spice blends like za'atar. This is the cookbook you pull out when you want inspiration for dinner and a feast for the eyes.

French Pastry Made Simple: Foolproof Recipes for Éclairs, Tarts, Macarons and More
Author: Wilkinson, Molly
Published at: 08/06/2021
ISBN: 1645672174

Unleash your inner pastry chef with Molly Wilkinson’s approachable recipes for all of your French favorites. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Molly takes the most essential techniques and makes them easy for home bakers, resulting in a collection of simple, key recipes that open up the world of pastry. With friendly, detailed directions and brilliant shortcuts, you can skip the pastry shop and enjoy delicious homemade creations. Master base recipes like 30-minute puff pastry, decadent chocolate ganache and fail-safe citrus curds, and you’re on your way to making dozens of iconic French treats.

You’ll feel like a pro when whipping up gorgeous trays of madeleines and decorating a stunning array of cream puffs and éclairs. Along with classics like The Frenchman’s Chocolate Mousse, Profiteroles and Classic Mille-Feuilles, learn to assemble exquisite showstoppers such as Croquembouche and Caramel Mousse Tartelettes with Poached Pears in Ginger. This go-to guide shows you all the tips and tricks you need to impress your guests and have fun with French pastry.

Once Upon a Chef: Weeknight/Weekend: 70 Quick-Fix Weeknight Dinners + 30 Luscious Weekend Recipes: A Cookbook
Author: Segal, Jennifer
Published at: 14/09/2021
ISBN: 059323183X

Jennifer Segal, author of the blog and bestselling cookbook Once Upon a Chef, is known for her foolproof, updated spins on everyday classics. Meticulously tested and crafted with an eye toward both flavor and practicality, Jenn’s recipes hone in on exactly what you feel like making. Here she devotes whole chapters to fan favorites, from Marvelous Meatballs to Chicken Winners, and Breakfast for Dinner to Family Feasts. Whether you decide on sticky-sweet Barbecued Soy and Ginger Chicken Thighs; an enlightened and healthy-ish take on Turkey, Spinach & Cheese Meatballs; Chorizo-Style Burgers; or Brownie Pudding that comes together in under thirty minutes, Jenn has you covered.

Cook This Book: Techniques That Teach and Recipes to Repeat: A Cookbook
Author: Baz, Molly
Published at: 20/04/2021
ISBN: 0593138279

You can tell Molly took her time with this book, it's setup so methodically. She walks you through basic setup of the book in the beginning, helps you understand a few key points as you go and even gives QR codes for things you would want to see in a video before you try it yourself. Wife and I are excited to try and cook the whole book, gonna pickup the digital copy too. Side note, nice touch on the page coloring, it's an off white similar to what you would see in older cookbooks, classy. 

Molly breaks the essentials of cooking down to clear and uncomplicated recipes that deliver big flavor with little effort and a side of education, including dishes like Pastrami Roast Chicken with Schmaltzy Onions and Dill, Chorizo and Chickpea Carbonara, and of course, her signature Cae Sal. But this is not your average cookbook. More than a collection of recipes, Cook This Book teaches you the invaluable superpower of improvisation though visually compelling lessons on such topics as the importance of salt and how to balance flavor, giving you all the tools necessary to make food taste great every time. Throughout, you’ll encounter dozens of QR codes, accessed through the camera app on your smartphone, that link to short technique-driven videos hosted by Molly to help illuminate some of the trickier skills. 

Zoë Bakes Cakes: Everything You Need to Know to Make Your Favorite Layers, Bundts, Loaves, and More [A Baking Book]
Author: François, Zoë
Published at: 16/03/2021
ISBN: 1984857363

Cake is the ultimate symbol of celebration, used to mark birthdays, weddings, or even just a Tuesday night. In Zoë Bakes Cakes, bestselling author and expert baker Zoë François demystifies the craft of cakes through more than eighty-five simple and straightforward recipes. Discover treats such as Coconut–Candy Bar Cake, Apple Cake with Honey-Bourbon Glaze, and decadent Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake. With step-by-step photo guides that break down baking fundamentals like creaming butter and sugarm and Zoë’s expert knowledge to guide you, anyone can make these delightful creations. Featuring everything from Bundt cakes and loaves to a beautifully layered wedding confection, Zoë shows you how to celebrate any occasion, big or small, with delicious homemade cake.

The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple But Classic French Recipes
Author: Rachel Khoo
Published at: 05/02/2013
ISBN: 1452113432

It is a great book to learn classic French recipes. If you want to know the secret of making sizzling, tasty French dishes that always remain a mystery to you, this is the best book to pick up now. This French cookbook explains about 120 classic French dishes from start to end. The recipes are well stated with all the details about the ingredients and their measurement, cooking method, duration of cooking, and how to serve the cooked dish. And all the dishes have been cooked and tasted by the chef and writer of this book. So you are guaranteed about the taste and quality of the food. The best thing about this book is that it covers all kinds of classic dishes including salads, snacks, dessert, aperitifs and so on. Whether you want to cook French dishes as a hobby at home or become a Masterchef on French cooking, this book will surely help to make that happen.

The presented recipes are:

  • Most common French dishes for everyday cooking at home
  • Different types of special french snacks
  • Dishes for dinner on special occasions
  • Various sweet items for dessert
  • How to prepare quality aperitifs at home
  • Special Items for cooking in a summer picnic

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse
Author: Mimi Thorisson
Published at: 28/10/2014
ISBN: 080418559X

It is quite a good book for people who know very little about cooking. The writer of the book who was also a novice cook once has shared her true experience with cooking. Unlike traditional cookbooks, this book follows a very unique style to describe the recipes. You will find recipes that are divided into all three parts of a meal from the starter, main course, and desserts for different seasons. The recipes are explained so comprehensively that you will find it very easy when you try them in your kitchen. So whether it is summer, winter, autumn or spring, you can cook different seasonal dishes at home all by yourself. If you want to become a good cook and prepare all the dishes for an everyday meal for your family, you should pick this book at once.

Some of the featured recipes of this cookbook:

  • Calvados and Creme Fraiche Apple Tart
  • Roast Chicken with Creme Fraiche and Herbs
  • Potatoes a la Lyonnaise
  • Coquilles Saint-Jacques
  • The Roast Chicken with Crème Fraiche and Herbs
  • Mustard-Roasted Poussins
  • Crepes with salted butter caramel
  • Mustard roasted poussins
  • Butternut gratin
  • Fava bean soup
  • Pan-seared chicken breast with spring onions 

The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen
Author: Clotilde Dusoulier
Published at: 02/07/2013
ISBN: 0307984826

This French cookbook focuses on vegetarian dishes. If you are interested to prepare the classic French vegetarian dishes at your own kitchen, you should give a look at this book. The best thing about this book is that the writer just not provides the recipe but also provides valuable tips on choosing the best ingredients for that food. With this cookbook, you will learn how to pick fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from the market that make the dish looks more appetizing and tasty. Here you will find recipes with different seasonal fruits and vegetables. Most of them are gluten-free and dairy-free with a French twist and all highlighting seasonal produce. The recipes are well explained so that you could find it easy when you cook them.

This cookbook features on:

  • Different recipes using fruits and vegetable from different seasons
  • How to pick quality ingredients for different dishes
  • Cooking methods that make the food more appetizing and delicious
  • How to cook foreign fruits and vegetable in the French style
  • Unique recipes that you never have been thought of

Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhouse Kitchens, Lessons in Food and Love
Author: Ann Mah
Published at: 28/10/2014
ISBN: 0143125923

This book is a delightful insight into the origins and traditions of some of France's best-loved regional dishes. Ann Mah, the writer of this book tells an incredible story about her journey through Paris and the surrounding regions of France and how she combats her loneliness by traveling and exploring the food culture of France. Ann started her food journey from Paris and roamed Brittany, Toulouse, Provence, Burgundy and beyond and with her journey, she explores the famous dishes of that region.  Along with this book, you will discover the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes.  Each chapter of the book is dedicated to each region of France she visited and ends with a recipe of the specialty of that region. This book is a story about the love of food, family, and France. If you are a food lover especially of French cuisine, then this is a must-read for you.

Some of the featured recipes of this book:

  • Steak Frites from Paris
  • Andouillette from Troyes
  • Salade Lyonnaise from Lyon
  • Soup Au Pistou from Provence
  • Choucroute from Alsace
  • Boeuf Bourguignon from Burgundy
  • Aligot from Averyon
  • Crepes from Brittany

Dinner in French: My Recipes by Way of France: A Cookbook
Author: Clark, Melissa
Published at: 10/03/2020
ISBN: 0553448250

Just as Julia Child brought French cooking to twentieth-century America, so now Melissa Clark brings French cooking into the twenty-first century. She first fell in love with France and French food as a child; her parents spent their August vacations traversing the country in search of the best meals with Melissa and her sister in tow. Near to her heart, France is where Melissa's family learned to cook and eat. And as her own culinary identity blossomed, so too did her understanding of why French food is beloved by Americans.

Now, as one of the nation's favorite cookbook authors and food writers, Melissa updates classic French techniques and dishes to reflect how we cook, shop, and eat today. With recipes such as Salade Nicoise with Haricot Vert, Cornmeal and Harissa Soufflé, Scalloped Potato Gratin, Lamb Shank Cassoulet, Ratatouille Sheet-Pan Chicken, Campari Olive Oil Cake, and Apricot Tarte Tatin (to name a few), Dinner in French will quickly become a go-to resource and endure as an indispensable classic.

French Cooking for Beginners: 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook Like a Parisian
Author: de Mélogue, François
Published at: 31/03/2020
ISBN: 1646115899

Author François de Mélogue breaks down classic French cookbook dishes like Duck Confit with Crispy Potatoes, Bouillabaisse, and Coq au Vin into easy-to-follow steps perfect for the newcomer. Along the way, you’ll learn how to put together a cheese board any Parisian would be proud of, fry the perfect pommes frites, and pair food and wine like a pro. Let’s get cooking the French way! Bon appetit!

This essential French cookbook for beginners includes:

  • Classic flavors―Discover more than 75 recipes you’ll love, from Steak Tartare to Tarte Tatin.
  • A taste of Paris―Learn to shop like a Parisian and how to prepare 4 classic cocktails from the City of Light.
  • Essential extras―Beyond French cookbook recipes, you’ll find 12 tips for souffle success, expert advice on how to make a pan sauce, and a guide to French wines.

Classic Parisian cooking comes home in this French cookbook for beginners.

Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes
Author: Lebovitz, David
Published at: 03/03/2020
ISBN: 1607749297

Bestselling cookbook author, memoirist, and popular blogger David Lebovitz delves into the drinking culture of France in Drinking French. This beautifully photographed collection features 160 recipes for everything from coffee, hot chocolate, and tea to Kir and regional apéritifs, classic and modern cocktails from the hottest Paris bars, and creative infusions using fresh fruit and French liqueurs. And because the French can't imagine drinking without having something to eat alongside, David includes crispy, salty snacks to serve with your concoctions.

Each recipe is accompanied by David's witty and informative stories about the ins and outs of life in France, as well as photographs taken on location in Paris and beyond. Whether you have a trip to France booked and want to know what and where to drink, or just want to infuse your next get-together with a little French flair, this rich and revealing guide will make you the toast of the town.

Ninja Foodi Smart XL Grill Cookbook 2021: 1000-Days Amazing Recipes for Beginners and Advanced Users (Indoor Grilling & Air Frying Perfection)
Author: Sowell, Katrina
Published at: 03/12/2020

Ninja Foodi Smart XL Grill Cookbook 2021 is more than a cookbook. Everything you need to get started is right here inside this grilling cookbook. It also provides set up instructions, care and maintenance tips, pro advice on accessories to keep nearby, and go-to grilling skills for your new favourite recipes.

Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local
Author: Clotilde Dusoulier
Published at: 20/03/2018
ISBN: 045149914X

If you want to pass the whole day by cooking and eating classic French dishes, then this cookbook is the best thing you are looking for. This book is about exploring the foods that make this city so beloved. In this book, you will find classic French recipes for foods from breakfast to dinner. It features classic recipes like Roast Chicken with Herbed Butter and Croutons and Profiteroles. You will also find newer dishes such as Ratatouille Pita Sandwich with Chopped Eggs and Tahini Sauce and Spiralized Zucchini Salad with Peach and Green Almonds. It contains 100 recipes and cooking techniques which will teach you the art of French cooking. 

This book features recipes on:

  • Dishes for breakfast
  • Classic French dishes for lunch
  • Foods to have in the afternoon and early evening
  • Dishes to cook at evening
  • Various traditional and modern dishes for dinner

French Patisserie: Master Recipes and Techniques from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts
Author: Ecole Ferrandi
Published at: 14/11/2017
ISBN: 2080203185

This is the ultimate bible for the aspiring pastry chefs from Ferrandi, an internationally renowned professional culinary school in France. With 253 recipes plus a discussion, this cookbook covers everything from quick desserts to holiday specialties and from ice creams and sorbets to chocolates. All the recipes are explained step by step in text and images. Precise measurement of ingredients and procedures are presented in tables, diagrams, and sidebars for handy reference. Providing detailed description and advice on how to equip your kitchen, and the essential doughs, fillings, and decorations, this exclusive cooking reference will lead you through every step-- from basic techniques to Michelin-level desserts. Whether you are an amateur home chef or an experienced pâtissier, you should follow this book to master the art of French Pastry making.

The recipes are presented in 3 levels and each level you will find:

  • Level 1 offers the traditional and classic recipes that are simple and easy to make

  • Level 2 covers more sophisticated and artistic dishes

  • Level 3 recipes are contributions from pastry experts

French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards
Author: Mimi Thorisson
Published at: 25/10/2016
ISBN: 0553459589

This cookbook is a wonderful illustration of France's country foods. If you are an admirer of village foods and trying to find out how they look so simple yet exquisite in taste, then this is a treasure for you. With 100 traditional country recipes, this book provides a delightful insight into the age-old methods of French cooking. With this book, you will be introduced to exclusive dishes like the White Asparagus Soufflé, Wine Harvest Pot au Feu, Endives with Ham, and Salted Butter Chocolate Cake-- most of them you never have been heard of.

This book includes:

  • Exclusive recipes for starters

  • Dishes for the main course

  • Foods to cook on holidays and special occasions for family

  • Recipes for staff meals

  • Side dishes and dessert recipes

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
Author: David Lebovitz
Published at: 08/04/2014
ISBN: 1607742675

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories focuses on the classic French dishes that have been rejoicing people for ages. This wonderful cookbook describes all facets of cooking in Paris, with great stories, information, and recipes. It includes exquisite recipes like Cassoulet, Coq au vin, and Croque-monsieur, as well as  Duck fat cookies, French cheesecake, Warm chocolate cake with salted butter caramel sauce... and the list goes on. Along with the recipes, this book also provides detail information about the ingredients, equipment and cooking methods which will be very helpful for developing your cooking skills. Whether you are a novice or professional chef, this practical, well-illustrated, easy to go cooking lesson is a great helping hand for your cooking.

This book includes recipes on:

  • Appetizers

  • First Courses

  • Main Courses

  • Side Dishes

  • Desserts

Voilà!: The Effortless French Cookbook: Easy Recipes to Savor the Classic Tastes of France
Author: Cecile Delarue
Published at: 25/07/2017
ISBN: 1623159369

If cooking French dishes seems hard for you, then you should read this book. It offers a preparatory French cooking class which will teach you the basic skills of traditional French cooking. This wonderful cooking guide includes more than 125 tried and true French recipes and tips for creating elegant French meals on the average American dime will definitely hone your cooking skills. The recipes are labeled as classic, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, under 30 minutes which makes this book is also quite helpful for you.

This book features recipes on:

  • Aperitifs

  • Appetizers

  • Salads

  • Omelets, Eggs, and Quiches

  • Plats Du Jour

  • Tartines

  • Fish and Seafood

  • Poultry and Meat

  • Desserts

  • Side Dishes

Le French Oven
Author: Hillary Davis
Published at: 01/09/2015
ISBN: 1423640535

Le French Oven showcases authentic, sizzling French dishes that can be prepared in the cocotte―the French version of a Dutch oven. It provides helpful information about the major French-made cocotte brands and how to use them to make classic French recipes like Warm Mushroom Custards with Garlic Toast, Basque-style Paella, Beef Pot-au-Feu... and more. With this book, you will learn various techniques such as stewing, roasting, braising, stovetop, and frying. If you want to cook classic French dishes in the oven, then this is a must-read for you.

Some featured recipes on this book are:

  • Appetizers recipes like Vegetable and Feta Cheese Pot Pies, Warm Scallop Mousse with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Marinated Goat Cheese with Toasted garlic, Shrimp Cocktail with Spicy Dipping Sauce
  • Soup recipes such as White Soup with Pomegranate Seeds and Pistachios, Fireside Duck and Cabbage Soup, Alsatian Beer and Munster Soup
  • Baking Recipes including Date and Raisin Soda Bread, Homemade Basil Garlic Bread, Lamb Hachis Parmentier
  • Desserts such as Butterscotch Pots de Creme, Individual Chocolate Fondue, Banana Rice Pudding

  • Braising Recipes like Beer-Braised Beef Brisket, Braised Cod with Potatoes and Onions

  • Frying recipes such as Nun's Sighs, Sweet Potato Chips, Crispy Fried Shrimp

In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy
Author: Mardi Michels
Published at: 31/07/2018
ISBN: 0147530776

This wonderful cooking guide will help you to bring your kids into the kitchen. This book features recipes and techniques that encourage your kids to participate in cooking. The recipes are explained so elegantly that your whole family will enjoy making them. With helpful instructions and illustrated recipes of this cookbook, you will find that French Cuisine is not too fancy or too difficult for your kids to master.

This book covers:

  • Breakfast recipes

  • Dishes for lunch

  • After School Snacks

  • Dinner meals

  • Dessert recipes

  • Foods to prepare on special occasions

  • Basic Pastry recipes

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1
Author: Julia Child,Louisette Bertholle,Simone Beck
Published at: 16/10/2001
ISBN: 0375413405

Whether you are a  beginner or professional chef, Mastering the Art of French Cooking is the most useful cookbook for you. This classic cookbook is the ultimate reference for understanding and mastering the art of French cuisine. Featuring over 500 recipes, this book breaks down the classic cuisine into a logical sequence of themes and variations rather than presenting an endless and diffuse catalog of recipes. The main focus of this book is to teach you the key recipes that form the backbone of French cuisine. This approach will definitely increase your cooking skills and help you to experiment and make an infinite number of variations of these recipes.

This book includes recipes on:

  • Soups and Sauces

  • Starter and Lunch Dishes

  • Fish, Meat, and Poultry

  • Vegetables

  • Dessert and Cakes

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