What is 40 Pounds of Recipes?

by Sophie Gayot

It is 18 kilos of a 1,200-page cookbook containing 500 recipes and illustrated by 1,500 photos; 1,000 copies of this book are being sold at € 1,500 by a chef who started in the kitchen at 15, and has been cooking for 25 years. From peeling potatoes at his debut, Yannick Alléno worked his way up to fine dining gastronomy when he took the helm at Le Meurice restaurant in Paris.

 

The best way to discover this soon-to-become iconic cookbook, Ma Cuisine Française, is to do it with Alléno himself with the video above. Also listen closely to how Alléno wants to redefine French cuisine in this exclusive one-on-one discussion.

 

To buy the book, you can only do so at http://macuisinefrancaise.com/

 

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When the Hôtel Plaza Athénée Closes Its Doors

Francois Delahaye | Alain Ducasse | Sophie Gayot
François Delahaye, Hôtel Plaza Athénée general manager, chef Alain Ducasse with Sophie Gayot


by Sophie Gayot


Although I missed the 100th-anniversary celebration of Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris in April of this year, I was there last night for its “unofficial” closing ceremony. Yes, you read that correctly, the Plaza’s last day was September 30th. Rest assured, it is closing for a good cause: to reopen with even more grandeur (if that is even possible).

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The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children — Review

The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque
The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque


All too often, the difference between the fantasy of traveling with children (wee ones skipping along in wonder against a majestic European backdrop) and the reality (jet-lagged children who won’t leave the hotel) can be vast. Thanks to The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children, you don’t have to wait until your kids are in college to visit Paris.


Paris with Children guides you through visiting Paris’ most important sights in a child-friendly way.  Organized around places to play, eat, shop and stay, the book allows you to plan your day around activities that both you and your children will love.

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Foie Gras Under the Splendor of Baccarat Chandeliers

Foie gras de canard des Landes
Foie gras de canard des Landes, cuit en cocotte lutée – Pot-roasted duck liver from the Landes

by Sophie Gayot

UPDATE 10/30/12: The Crillon will close its doors for its renovation end of March 2013. That will leave you more time to try chef Christophe Hache’s cuisine.

After a recent dinner I experienced at Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, we awarded the restaurant a new rating of 17/20 which means the food is “Excellent”. You have a few more days to discover or rediscover chef Christopher Hache’s cuisine, as the hotel is about to close its doors for a two-year renovation.

 

Under light emitted by majestic Baccarat chandeliers, wall and side table lamps, diners can indulge in his good value dinner menus priced at € 150 or € 180, tax and service included. You can see below the photos of the dishes that composed my dinner. Le Foie Gras de Canard des Landes, cooked in a glass “cocotte”, is a Hache classic and requires a table side ceremony not to be missed in the magnificent eighteenth century dining room decorated by marble marquetry, paintings and mirrors, with views of the Place de la Concorde. For Californian foie gras lovers, this is a spectacular way to enjoy the delicacy, which has been illegal to sell in the Golden State since July 1st.

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Fruits de Mer in Paris

by Sophie Gayot


The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is celebrating its 150th birthday. Famous for its shellfish platter, the hotel’s restaurant Le Café de la Paix is offering its monster “le plateau de fruits de mer” at a price of €150 for two until the end of November.


Brush up on your culinary French or start practicing it by watching my exclusive video interview with executive chef Christophe Raoux. You will discover the wonders of the sea that will come to your table, and even get a lesson on how to open clams!

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