10 Best French Cookbooks | December 2016
Expand your culinary horizons with one of these French cookbooks that will help to demystify the art of Gallic cuisine and give you the confidence to try your hand at more advanced dishes. We've included editions written specifically to let beginners master their art as well as more advanced books that will challenge even experienced chefs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best french cookbook on Amazon.
Daniel: My French Cuisine demonstrates how to adapt French cuisine to American ingredients and tastes. Plus it contains numerous informative essays on food-related subjects. But the ingredients lists can be rather long and require a lot of preparation.
- humor is injected throughout
- instructions are precise
- not a good choice for beginners
|Brand||Boulud, Daniel/ Bigar,|
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
David Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen is perfect for chefs interested in current Parisian culinary trends because its author frequently travels to this foodie capital to see what the hottest restaurants are doing. Unfortunately, there is an overly large section on equipment.
- remasters classic recipes
- includes lesser known fare
- binding is not the highest quality
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
Little Paris Kitchen draws from the author's experience as a Parisian restaurateur with a limited kitchen space to create recipes that can be executed in your home easily. Plus it boasts helpful tools, like a weight and temperature conversion chart.
- beautiful photos of each recipe
- french basics section for beginners
- some recipes are bland
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
A Kitchen in France chronicles Mimi Thorisson's move from Paris to the small town of Medoc and explains her subsequent discovery of local produce and seasonal meats. The book aims to help you cherish your time in the kitchen and let meals bring people together.
- includes various anecdotes
- twists on classics like caramel crepes
- the writing is a bit repetitive
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
In Around My French Table, the author, Dorie Greenspan, writes in a conversational tone that makes it easy for beginner French chefs to understand complex recipes. The book focuses on comfort food, like creamy bacon and herb stuffed pumpkin.
- insider tips on french cuisine
- has recipes for all seasons
- photos and recipes don't always match up
|Brand||Greenspan, Dorie/ Richa|
|Rating||4.4 / 5.0|
The French Laundry is based on the cuisine of the famous French restaurant of the same name in Napa Valley and contains valuable tips on ingredient preparation. The recipes are imaginative and feature items like chlorophyll-infused sauces and red beet ice cream.
- contains recipes for all courses
- recipes were tested in home kitchens
- not for the rushed chef
|Rating||4.2 / 5.0|
Escoffier Le Guide was the original book that first codified French cuisine in 1903, and this updated English translation features forewords by two world-renowned chefs. It offers fascinating food history and is the perfect challenge for a semi-experienced cook.
- recipes are in narrative form
- sleek modern binding
- illustrations are limited
|Brand||Escoffier, A./ Cracknel|
|Rating||4.3 / 5.0|
Monet's Palate attempts to bring to life famous artist Claude Monet's kitchen garden through 60 recipes and details about the vegetables he grew. It promotes the ever popular farm-to-table style of cooking, so you feel more in touch with the foods on your plate.
- vivid descriptions of monet's home
- includes tips for entertaining
- recipes are simple to follow
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
The French Slow Cooker is designed for cooks concerned with practicality and convenience who may not have enough free time to prepare food in a traditional manner. The recipes are meant to facilitate low-mess cooking, so they're perfect if you hate doing dishes.
- uses ingredients most people have
- makes french cooking less intimidating
- tips on stocking a french pantry
|Brand||HIC Harold Import Co.|
|Rating||5.0 / 5.0|
The Art of French Cooking is a comprehensive two-volume guide for both advanced cooks and beginners who love good food and want to create savory French dishes at home. It has particularly good pastry sections that will teach you to cook treats like sugar cookie crusts.
- 781 total recipes
- has both classic and regional recipes
- focuses on baking and charcuterie
|Brand||Child, Julia/ Bertholle|
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|