Some women buy shoes like they are a drug. Exhausting credit card limits and precious storage space, this can become a serious problem. I know this from watching two and a half seasons of Sex and the City in a week.
I have discovered that my own personal “shoe-drug” problem (or blessing, you decide) is cook books. I realised I may have a problem when I gave in to the New Year sale emails I received from Amazon.fr and bought a 2.8kg encyclopedia of French cuisine for €28.50.
I weighed up the pros and cons as any rational shopper would do. Though, to be honest, when was shopping a rational activity?! With a severely strict baggage limit on my return home what was I doing buying a 2.8kg book? Also, in the last 3 months I have seen new varieties of fruit and vege, a whole other world of dairy products and more types of pastry than I have fingers to count. I’m taking a guess here that I will have to look further afield than Karori Woolworths to find wood-ear mushrooms or fresh laurel when I accidentally leave it off my shopping list. I’m just saying, there is a reason Julia Child’s books were so successful…
I ummed and ahhhed about this book for about 15 minutes, read a few client reviews and decided that if I was going to buy any french cook book it would have to be this one. We’ll ignore the fact that I clicked the button twice and ended up buying the book twice! My technological shortcomings are another story for another post…
I have had quite a good flick through and one of the first things I am going to make is called Gâteau de riz aux pommes meringuées. Rice pudding plus delicious caramelly apples plus meringue? Do I even need to ask?
I will need to keep a running vocab list to go with the this book. I have already learned the word for offal and giblets: Abats-think abattoir… Une papillote is a tin foil parcel. Une macreuse is a beef shoulder and un rognon is a kidney, just like in this little tantalising picture:
This looks like a beautiful book and hopefully I will get a lot of use out of it. But even if that doesn’t turn out to be the case, I’m sure it will make a wonderful coffee table book for when I am older and have a coffee table. I can pretend that once I used to be able to speak french and eat gâteau de riz aux pommes meringuées without going up a dress size.