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Ann Willan Country Cooking of France

Glenys's picture

Ann Willan has done another great book, especially for those who want the French country cooking that's not all jet-set and tarted up. The book is much like Ann- handsome, modern but classic, calm but with good humour and a love of the food. She doesn't romanticise old France, it's classic cooking from the markets and suppliers today; even admits the mustard seed comes from Canada. Thanks Ann!
Here's a couple of things I learned:
Cannelés de Bordeaux- "Every attempt (hers) flopped, scorched or was disagreeably tough". Secret- "cook the egg and milk mixture until it curdles, like over-cooked crème anglaise".

Carbonnade du Boeuf- I know we discussed this before but here's an historical tidbit, of which I knew bits and pieces. The braise was done with meat that was grilled over charbon (hardwood charcoal) slathered in Dijon mustard, or the leftovers of that meal. Her version is served with split, hearty rolls, slathered in hot Dijon and broiled. An amazing addition to the carbonnade.

From the glossary: Flour is U.S.unbleached all-purpose white; U.K.unbleached plain flour or French farine type 55. U.S. pastry flour most closely resembles French farine type 45.

shoechick's picture

(post #62919, reply #1 of 16)

I ordered this from Amazon a couple of weeks ago, it's on back order :(


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine


Edited 2/13/2008 5:21 pm by Shoechick

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Glenys's picture

(post #62919, reply #2 of 16)

The books arrived by special delivery for the class yesterday so I think distribution is just getting started. I have the pulblisher's copy.

The photography is stunning.

shoechick's picture

(post #62919, reply #5 of 16)

I can't wait.  I ordered that and French Food at Home by Laura Calder. I'm on a french kick :)

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Glenys's picture

(post #62919, reply #6 of 16)

I mentored Laura Calder at Dubrulle. Man I feel old.

shoechick's picture

(post #62919, reply #7 of 16)

Did you really?  Wow.  I really like her show.

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Glenys's picture

(post #62919, reply #8 of 16)

Actually Ann Willan and her husband have purchased a place here and are qiuetly padding around the city. His family has a place on Bowen Island.

On another note, I saw Francis Ford Coppola and his wife yesterday at the Market.
I was gobsmacked.

shoechick's picture

(post #62919, reply #9 of 16)

OMG!!! How cool would that be?  I heard rumours that Ann sold her cooking school  in France? too bad, I'd have gladly swaped houses with her!!

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Glenys's picture

(post #62919, reply #10 of 16)

She did sell her school, and the Chateau I believe. Barbar Jo knows where she bought.

I can hear Laura's voice wafting from the TV in the kitchen as I type.

shoechick's picture

(post #62919, reply #11 of 16)

Is she retiring, or looking at doing something in Vancouver?

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.  ~St. Augustine

Glenys's picture

(post #62919, reply #12 of 16)

Retiring. I believe her husband suffered a stroke.

butterscotch's picture

(post #62919, reply #13 of 16)

The LA Times did a huge piece on her move to the US today.  It seems she's planning to live and teach here in LA (Santa Monica, actually). There was a photo of the kitchen in her new house here in the midst of a remodel.  Maybe she and her husband are looking for a vacation home in Vancouver?

Risottogirl's picture

(post #62919, reply #4 of 16)

One of her earlier books, From My Chateau Kitchen is truly one of my all time favorites.


 I think I'll have to buy this one :) it has been discussed here already I believe.


 


Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

Wolvie's picture

(post #62919, reply #14 of 16)

yes - it's the book I just bought 2 weeks or so ago. I am enjoying it. :-)

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

Marie Louise's picture

(post #62919, reply #15 of 16)

Did you find it on the cheap? I paid about $25 for mine, but shortly thereafter, the price skyrocketed.

Wolvie's picture

(post #62919, reply #16 of 16)

yes - big sale at Jessica's - around that same dollar, IIRC. :-)

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."


- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)