“I want to encourage people to enjoy cooking and sharing great, inexpensive, easy-to-prepare meals with family and friends. Cooking should be celebrated as an everyday thing.”
Manu Feildel, co-host of My Kitchen Rules, is fast becoming one of Australian televisions most popular chefs – on both sides of the Tasman. In his new cookbook French for Everyone, he shares with his followers some delicious, French-style recipes that anyone can cook.
French cooking does have a bit of a reputation for being finicky and fussy to prepare. The reality is that, for the French, good food and mealtimes are an important part of life, but this doesn’t necessarily mean hours in the kitchen. Feildel proves that you can enjoy tasty French flavours using simple methods and fresh local, easily sourced ingredients – no lengthy lists here.
With a copy of French for Everyone in your kitchen, you can enjoy something light, like a Cauliflower Tabouleh, or Char-grilled King Prawns with Lime Aioli. You can find recipes for French classics such as vol au vents, crepes (made with buckwheat for a bit of a twist), an appetizing Breakfast Cassoulet, or Croque Monsieur, and in the “wholesome meal” department, try Feildel’s Fish Pie, Pot-Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary, or a wonderful Beef Stroganoff. No meal would be complete without a scrumptious dessert to top it off, and this book won’t let you down.
One of the highlights for me was the Basics and Extras section at the end, with recipes for a variety of stocks, dressings, butters, pastries, and other essential cooking/kitchen basics. And the book is beautifully presented: stylish, hard-cover, with gorgeous, glossy pictures, and every dish is accompanied by its French name, so you can pick up a bit of le Francais along the way.
This truly would make a wonderful gift for anyone who enjoys cooking (so definitely add it to your Christmas list). My personal favourites? Feildel’s French-style Pizza, Poached Eggs in Red Wine Sauce, and the Roast Parsnip Soup with Crispy Garlic. Yummy!