Dorie Greenspan has hoards of fans who follow her every culinary move with nearly fanatical loyalty. They read her blog, In the Kitchen and On the Road with Dorie, wait with hungry anticipation for features she writes for Bon Appetit and Parade. Her last cookbook, “Baking: From My Home to Yours”, inspired a group of home bakers to unite over the Internet and bake the same recipe on Tuesdays. The results are chronicled with awe, admiration and appreciation on the Tuesdays with Dorie blog.
Greenspan’s newest book, “Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes From My Home to Yours”, was released in September and has fans in a cooking and feeding frenzy. Another web-based, Dorie-devoted group has united for the purpose of cooking every single recipe in the book, a commitment that surely will be rewarded with many memorable meals.
Greenspan, who is not a fixture on television, has built a fan base one recipe at a time. Each enticement to the kitchen is prefaced with a charming story that makes it feel as though you’re sitting with her, sharing coffee, confidences and cooking tips. But the real connection has been cemented through results. Her recipes are flawless, written with precision and always ending with perfect—and perfectly delicious—results.
Greenspan’s previous cookbooks, including “Paris Sweets” and “Baking with Julia”, have focused on desserts. With her newest tome, she invites readers to indulge with her in French-inflected meals. A Francophile to the very depths of her soul, Greenspan splits her time between New York, Connecticut and Paris.
The book’s very first recipe, for Gougère, is a cheese-based masterpiece, a simple little puff whose sublime results belie their simplicity. As the French are enthusiastic proponents of cheese, many of the book’s recipes use it to great effect. Recipes such as Gorgonzola-Apple Quiche, Cheesy Crème Brûlée, Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin, Blueberry-Mascarpone Roulade and Savory Cheese and Chive Bread are tributes to cheese as an ingredient.
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