Hey hey hey! Today is a good day. Last week, I was sidelined by a horrible fever and ear infection (yes, I have the immune system of an eight-year-old). On Sunday, the fog lifted and oh, what a brave new world it is. I’m celebrating by hosting another Instagram giveaway, this time of a gorgeous new French cookbook, S’Cook: The Complete Cookery Course, by Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic (a $60 value)! Although Chef Pic has established quite an amazing reputation in France, she’s just started to break through in the U.S. with S’Cook, which is her first English-language cookbook.
I really liked this cookbook from the second I laid my hands on it. It’s chock full of recipes that, taken together, appear to form the basis of modern French cuisine. The photography is beautiful, and the cookbook is organized thoughtfully into five sections of recipes: Entertaining, Everyday, Classics, Homemade and For Children. I loved the section for children especially. It’s nice to see an expert in haute cuisine think about how to make beautiful food for kids. Each section also has breakaway sections with step-by-step photos on how to accomplish basics in French cuisine, like how to make melba toast or a fundamental vegetable stock. I tested three recipes to see whether I could make Chef Pic’s dishes sing in my home kitchen.