Cookbook Club

The Quickest Way to Turn Your Home into a Parisian Bistro This Summer

July 14, 2017

It only seems fitting that our Cookbook Club is cooking from David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen on Bastille Day!

David’s charming essays and approachable techniques have won over even the biggest skeptics in our group. So far, despites the dog days of summer, we’ve found comfort in his takes on French bistro favorites.

His steak frites are served slathered with a kicky mustard butter, and the unctuous croque monsieur is “reminiscent of my favorite French restaurant,” says Jana Lipscomb. Plus, as John William Barton noted in the group, “What's not to like about something that is smothered in melted butter and chargrilled until golden brown?”

For those searching for lighter fare, others in our group have experimented with the starkly simple, but stunningly flavorful, Grated Carrot Salad (Carottes Rapées), which stole the show at a potluck dinner Dana Petersen attended. “Of all the food at this party, this was the one that got rave reviews.”

Even David’s “Counterfeit” Duck Confit transported us to the 7th arrondissement. “The skin was so crispy, I could hear the cracks as the knife ran through it,” wrote Dara Mao. “I wouldn't change a thing.” And we wouldn’t either.

Ready to cook along? We're giving away two copies of My Paris Kitchen! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post by Sunday night—winners will be selected Monday morning. (Giveaway open to US and Canadian addresses only.)

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Laura Ratliff

Written by: Laura Ratliff

A life-long lover of food, I spend my weekends at farmers' markets, , shaking up cocktails (currently obsessed with tiki), and generally making a mess in my Brooklyn kitchen.


Lindsay-Jean H. July 21, 2017
We haven't had luck with the re-draw. :( Cheryl Biggs Lumbert, please email me ([email protected]) tonight to claim your prize! Or I will once again draw another name in the morning.
Lindsay-Jean H. July 19, 2017
Psst - Peggy Goldinger, you're that second winner that I haven't heard from yet! Email me ([email protected]) tonight to claim your prize!
Lindsay-Jean H. July 19, 2017
Attention all: Names were drawn and winners were contacted first thing Monday morning, but I've only heard back from 1 person. The second winner has until first thing tomorrow morning (8 am EST) to get in touch or I will be drawing new name for the second book!
klrcon July 16, 2017
I'm a huge fan of his website and I bet this book would be just as wonderful. My kind of food!
Jeanette July 16, 2017
My husband and I have drooled over this cookbook for a long time and would love to win a copy to try it out!
Denise D. July 16, 2017
This is the perfect summer diversion - yes! I want to turn my little kichen into Bistro Chez Denise.
Danielle July 16, 2017
This cookbook looks great, can't wait to get it.
Cathy July 16, 2017
I'm loving everything Parisienne at this current moment!!
Mara July 16, 2017
Thoroughly enjoyed David Lebovitz's "The Sweet Life in Paris" and would love to turn my home into a French bistro!
Valerie July 16, 2017
I've followed David Lebovitz for a Very Long Time. Every recipe of his I've made has, "Excellent - make again!" scribbled across it. I have one downloaded recipe book, but I'd dearly love a hard copy of this one!
Lily M. July 16, 2017
Looking forward to preparing duck confit for my family :)
Hollis R. July 16, 2017
i have two jars of premium duck fat just waiting for the right recipe for confit to come along ,,,
Kris W. July 16, 2017
Amazing pictures and amazing food. I think I need to get this book. Yum! Inspiration in overdrive. Thank you!
Donna Y. July 15, 2017
David Lebovitz, my culinary CRUSH! <3
Stephanie A. July 15, 2017
It all looks amazing
Lauren K. July 15, 2017
I need to start participating in this cookbook club!
Melissa July 15, 2017
I need this book on my countertop!! Would look amazing on top of a stack next to my copper pots :):):)
CassMin July 15, 2017
Love it!
Jay U. July 15, 2017
Saw this amazing cookbook at my sister-in-law' and it brought back memories of being in France with my grandmother when young. Bittersweet memories now that she has passed. Would love to have my own copy!!
Cheryl B. July 15, 2017
Would love to recreate some of my favorite Paris dishes at home!