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Cookbook Reviews

À Table

Cookbook by: Rebekah Peppler

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“However you say it, À Table is about gathering over food and drink, coaxing the fantastical from the real, and unabashedly sharing it with your people,” Rebekah Peppler. 

It’s not a secret that I am a self proclaimed Francophile, so I am always on the lookout for my next favorite French cookbook. A lot of home chefs are scared of making French food worrying that the recipes are too complicated or that they won’t be able to find the ingredients. I have found that with the newer French cookbooks that you don’t really run into any of those problems.

À Table offers a slew of recipes with simple instructions to make your next dinner party sublime. Your friends and family will think you spent hours making complicated recipes for the meal, when in truth you didn’t.

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Mussels with Rose & Heirloom Tomatoes

Do you love mussels? Are you afraid to make them? Worried they are hard to make? Try this recipe and it will calm all of your fears. The recipe is very simple to make. All of the ingredients are easy to find and in most areas you can find a 2 lb. bag of mussels for around $10 making it an affordable fancy dish. 

The entire dish is ready in less than thirty minutes and so delicious. This is a great dish to make in the summer when heirloom tomatoes are in season and at their best. Making this mussels recipe will make you feel like a superstar chef in your own kitchen. 

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Extremely French Carrot Salad

When I saw this dish in the cookbook I was immediately drawn to it. The vibrant colors made it look like you could eat it off the page of the cookbook. This is a very common dish in France that you can find at a lot of different bistros and even the grocery stores. Funny enough I have never tried it, so this was my first time. 

The instructions are easy to follow, although do remember that it will take longer to grate the carrots than you think it will. I wanted to love the dish but for me the cumin was just too much. Cumin is a spice that I don’t really love so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I do want to try to make the recipe again and either lessen the cumin or leave it out altogether. 

Cookbook Ratings: Recipe directions easy to follow: yes, Ingredients easy to find: yes, Specialty ingredients needed: no, Specialty equipment needed: no, Accurate time estimates: yes, Best for home chef skill level: novice, Taste/flavor: delicious, Family friendly: yes, specialty diet: no, How many recipes are unique: most, overall cookbook rating: love it

I want to cook through all of the recipes in À Table. It is a well written cookbook with detailed simple to follow recipes. All of the ingredients I needed were easy to find in my local grocery store. 

Can’t wait to throw a dinner party with all French dishes for my friends and family. What do you want to make from À Table?

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