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9 Authentic French Cookbooks & Recipe Books

French gastronomy has long been famous for its sophisticated combination of ingredients and techniques; this is the reason why you should have a little guidance when preparing French fare in your own kitchen. In this writing, we will present you 9 French cookbooks of professional chefs for reference or inspiration rather than step-by-step recipes. So whether you’re a professional chef, family cook, or just a flat-foodie, these are the best 9 French cookbooks that will inspire your inspiration.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1

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“This book is essentially my Cooking Bible. As a chef, I can honestly say if you follow the recipes, you’ll find there are several opportunities to add your own touch. It’s incredibly easy to read and follow”- Erin McGory

“Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is an instructional and feasible book. The unique thing in this book that you can see is the techniques learned here can be applied to the recipes in all other French cookbooks.

This beautiful stunning book is revolutionary in its approach with more than 100 instructive illustrations. This cookbooks here is for both beginners and seasoned cooks who love food and long to experience at home the savory delights of the classic cuisine

About the author: Julia Child is a California native studying at Paris’s famous Cordon Bleu and graduating from a Smith College; In 1963, Boston’s WGBH launched The French Chef TV series, making Julia Child a national celebrity, earning her the Peabody Award in 1965 and the Emmy Award in 1966. She died in 2004.

Simone Beck was born and studied in France. She has published two books: Simca’s Cuisine in 1972 and New Menus from Simca’s Cuisine in 1979, and Simone Beck taught cooking in France until she died in 1991.

Louisette Berthollo soon received education in both France and the United States and represented a blend of two backgrounds. Louisette Bertholle has also published several cookbooks. He is the author of version 2 that will be mentioned in the next section: “Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)”

Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set)

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“This book is amazing! I made two recipes, and I made them twice with it coming out perfect and even better the second time. This book is also fun to read.”- uptownHBG

This book is a sequel to the great classic cooking with 257 additional recipes. After the publication of Volume One, Julia Child and Simone Beck continue to search and taste new recipes among classic dishes and French specialties. From the discoveries the two authors have made, Volume 2 is a great option that takes readers to a new level of mastery of the art of French cooking.

Each recipe in this book is done step by step, with clarity and precision. In particular, you will be given more photos. One of the most remarkable achievements of this series is that you will be provided with additional French baking and charcuterie recipes – the two supreme areas of cookery.

Let’s Eat France!: 1,250 specialty foods, 375 iconic recipes, 350 topics, 260 personalities, plus hundreds of maps, charts, tricks, tips, and … you want to know about the food of France

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“This is an amazing encyclopedia of French gastronomy for the foodie, Francophile, or just plain old knowledge geek.”- Dothom

Here is a compilation of classic recipes, including how to make pot-au-feu, pâté en croûte, blanquette de veau, eight essential composed salads, choucroute, and the best ratatouille. Also, the book is a random arrangement of its content that makes each page a found treasure. For example, a tutorial on mayonnaise is next to a list of places where Balzac ate.

About the author: François-Régis Gaudry is a French culinary critic and food journalist at L’Express. Furthermore, he is the host of the show On va deguster on the French public radio channel Inter France and the host of Très très bon on French television channel Paris Première. François-Régis Gaudry lives in

French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards: A Cookbook

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“Mimi’s books are a joy. The photography is beautiful. I would say they are lifestyle and cooking books….and very inspiring. The food is consistently traditional.”- Bénédicte

In this cookbook, Mimi Thorisson will show recipes inspired by an eccentric cast of characters, including Wine Harvest Pot au Feu, Endives with Ham, White Asparagus Soufflé, and Salted Butter Chocolate Cake.

Accompany by evocative photos of dishes taken by Mimi’s husband – Oddur Thorisson, this cookbook has genuinely received a special love from cooking enthusiasts.

About the author: Mimi Thorisson is the author of a blog devoted to cooking and her life in the French countryside – A Kitchen in France and Manger. Simultaneously, she also acted as the host of the French cuisine shows La Table de Mimi and Les Desserts de Mimi.

Mini lives with her husband and their children in an old château in St Yzans, in the Médoc region of France.

The French Laundry Cookbook (The Thomas Keller Library)

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“I cooked some of his recipes, and they tasted amazing! I am not a good cook, so it didn’t look good as pictured in the book…”- Goro

2019 is a year to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the acclaimed French Laundry restaurant in the Napa Valley—the most exciting place to eat in the United States (The New York Times). To celebrate this milestone, the most transformative cookbook of the century has shown the genius of chef/owner Thomas Keller. This is Keller’s first cookbook to bring you a series of small, highly refined, impeccable, intensely focused courses.

The most brilliant thing in this book is the way Keller’s simple methods: poaching eggs in a deep pot of water for perfect shape; squeegeeing the moisture from the skin on fish, so it sautées beautifully; using vinegar as a flavor enhancer; the initial steeping in the shell that makes cooking raw lobster out of the shell a cinch; the repeated washing of bones for the stock for the cleanest, most apparent taste.

Keller will give you detailed instructions from creative soup cooking techniques, how to cook appropriate green vegetables, secrets of excellent fish cooking, to creating breathtaking desserts, from beurre monté to foie gras au Torchon, to a wild and the utter surprise for coffee and donuts.

With one hundred and fifty superb recipes, you can now recreate at home, experience the perfect dishes without getting to the French Laundry.

About the author: Thomas Keller is the author of The French Laundry CookbookBouchonBouchon Bakery, Under Pressure, and Ad Hoc at Home. He is the first and only male American chef that have two three-star Michelin Guide restaurants, The French Laundry and per se, which continue to rank among the best restaurants in the US and the world.

In 2011, he became an Honorary Knight of France and was also the first American male chef to be honored. In 2017, Keller led Team USA to win the Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France.

Susie Heller is the executive producer of the PBS’s Chef Story. Besides, she has produced a series of cooking shows on the award-winning television and co-authored many award-winning books. She currently lives in Napa, California.

Deborah Jones is known as the best photographer in a cookbook from the James Beard Foundation for her work in Bouchon and is a regular contributor to national magazines. Moreover, Deborah Jones’s also conducting a parallel commercial career from her San Francisco studio.

French Cooking for Beginners: 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook Like a Parisian

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“I had the pleasure of eating Francois’ cooking at my first restaurant job when he was in New York. I never stopped working in the restaurant business after that. He is inspiring, humorous, and amazing. His recipes are easy to follow.”- Christine Wallen

The French may not have ability to invent cooking, but they are undoubtedly useful in perfecting the art of eating. In this cookbook, you will discover how to make delicious, timeless dishes served at French dinner tables, in bistros or brasseries.

François de Mélogue author breaks down this cookbook into perfect easy steps for the newcomers. In the process, you’ll learn how to combine a cheese board that any Parisian will be proud of, mix food and wine like an expert, and fry the perfect pommes frites. In addition to the recipes in a French cookbook, you will find 12 expert tips on making a pan sauce, a guide on French wine, and the souffle success.

About the author: François de Mélogue was born and grew up in a traditional French household in Chicago, Illinois. He has over 30 years of culinary experience and in-depth knowledge of culinary history with his signature French cooking style. Currently, he lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Lisa and nine-year-old son.

Provence: The Cookbook: Recipes from the French Mediterranean

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“This is as much a story about cooking in the provincial style as it is a cookbook. Exceptional recipes easy to follow.”- Kenneth Smith

Provence is a vegetable and fruit garden and is home to many of France’s most beautiful products. These ingredients, combined with the position, history, and Provence’s unique identity, have led to gastronomy full of heart and balance. This cuisine shows its peoples’ reverence for the produce, the land, and the changing seasons.

Caroline Rimbert Craig’s maternal family lives on the southern foothills of Mont Ventoux, where the sun beats hard and dries, but fruit trees, aromatic herbs, and vines prosper. This land has guided her to cook simple but tasty dishes, seasonal rhymes, and ways to recreate the Mediterranean’s taste at home or wherever possible.

You’ll find beside the recipes not only color photographs of the dishes but also shots of Provence’s beautiful landscapes, reflecting the region’s rich culinary culture.

About the author: Caroline Rimbert Craig was born into a family with generations of fruit farmers in Provence, where her great-grandfather co-founded a wine cooperative in the village of Mormoiron (her family’s home town). Caroline was educated at the French Lycée in London and studied anthropology at the university.

She is co-author of The Cornershop CookbookThe Little Book of Lunch, and The Little Book of Brunch. In particular, she also writes a lunchbox column for The Guardian newspaper with Sophie Missing.

Around My French Table: More than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours

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“This book is something every inspiring cook needs to have in their kitchen…A good cookbook will guide you into making delicious cuisine…The pictures also provide guidance into how the meal should look, which is very helpful.”- O. Barden

Dorie Greenspan will spread the excitement of French home cooking and share the simple dishes she has collected after years of living in France.

Hundreds of easy recipes will be included in this book, such as Basque potato tortilla made with an amazing ingredient (potato chips) and an utterly satisfying roast chicken, which is completely satisfying for lazy people. You will find many superb renditions of classic dishes: a spoon-tender beef daube, a glorious cheese-domed onion soup, and the top-secret chocolate mousse recipe that every good Parisian cook knows but won’t reveal.

Being packed with vivid memories, lively stories, and insider tips on French culinary customs, “Around My French Table” will make you fall in love with France again or for the first time.

About the author: Dorie Greenspan is the author of the James Beard Award-winning Baking: From My Home to Yours. She had the opportunity to work with Jean-Georges Vongerichten in his first US kitchen. Dorie is also a recipe tester, food writer, and translator for Elle magazine. She is known as a contributing editor for a longtime special correspondent for Bon Appetit, Parade, and a frequent guest of NPR’s All Things Considered and The Splendid Table. Dorie now lives in Paris, New York, and Westbrook, Connecticut.

Fellow creator Alan Richardson has been photographing dozens of best-selling cookbooks, and his work has also appeared in many leading food and women’s magazines. Besides, he is the co-author of The Breath of a Wok and won two coveted awards from the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to Eat Like a Local: A Cookbook

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“This is a lovely book, beautifully written with fabulous photos of Paris and its food. This book should please both experienced as well as aspiring home cooks.”- Amazon Customer

“Tasting Paris” offers new and classic French recipes and cooking techniques. Whether you’ve experienced the charm of Paris many times or are just planning your first trip, in this book, you’ll find the dishes that make this city so famous and beloved.

The book presents 100 recipes and contains 125 evocative and specialized photographs of the native Parisian Clotilde Dusoulier. This cookbook is sure to take you on a picnic along the Seine, shop, and find the best street food and bring the flavor and appeal of this favorite culinary destination to your kitchen.

About the Author: Clotilde Dusoulier is the author of this book and the author of the cookbooks Chocolate & Zucchini and The French Market Cookbook, as well as the guide and reference books Clotilde Edible Adventures in Paris and Edible French. Moreover, Clotilde Dusoulier is also the creator of the food blog

We hope you like this post and finally find out your favorite French cookbooks. Meanwhile, we welcome you to explore our site and discover more cookbook recommendations from the same cuisine below.

Doris Frasier

Hi. I'm Doris! I am a foodie that has traveled to 78 countries and loves trying cuisines from different countries. I try anything related to food and share my opinions on this blog. Send me a message with any requests!
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