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One-Pot French:
More Than 100 Easy, French Recipes
By Jean-Pierre Challet, with Jennifer Decourte
ISBN: 141620525x
Publisher: Sellers Publishing
Publication date: Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
Number of recipes: 100+
List price: $19.95
Type: French
Sample recipe: Vichyssoise
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Apparent goal: stocking stuffer sampler comprehensive encyclopedia coffee-table
Meal part: all breakfast/brunch lunch dinner dessert
Competition: outclassed a bit behind in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Variety: too little too much unusual nice mix just right
Practical recipes: <20% <40% <60% <80% ≥80%
# of ingredients: ≤4 ≤7 ≤10 ≤12 >12
Ingredient hunt: airfare required online specialty store supermarket pantry
Recipe complexity: too hard simple medium challenging professional
Instructions: inadequate verbose minimal complete educational
Time conscious: not conscious bald lies white lies realistic scout's honor
Cooking time: weekend project takes all day takes time ≥30 minutes <30 minutes
Added info: zip overwhelming scant ample generous
Photos/drawings: none drawings b&w photos occasional color much/all color
Art contribution: disappointing distracting decorative beautiful glorious
Recipe results: ≤dorm food casual food family meals fancy food fit for royalty
Nutritional info: none overwhelming hit or miss adequate comprehensive
Format/Ease of Use
Layout: ugh cluttered fine kind work of art
Legibility: unpleasant challenging ok clear brilliant
Production quality: cheesy delicate years of service gift quality stunning
Page numbers: hard-to-find spotty sufficient most pages every page
Table of contents: missing frustrating minimal helpful excellent
Index: none confusing adequate nice a treasure
Page flipping: upsetting tedious acceptable rare never
Writing history: beginner writer/journalist food writer writing cook personality
Cooking heritage: unknown self-taught teacher chef celebrity
Fulfills ambitions: falls short satisfactory successful exceeds home run
Flavor delivered: sad inconsistent tasty delicious exceptional
Overall tone: sterile trying too hard straightforward good friend mom
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it good very good excellent Ochef Top 100

Comments: We are totally confused about the title. These appear to be most of the classical French dishes – ranging from appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, eggs and chesses, potatoes, main courses, and desserts – but we can't see any reference to one pot. Most use a number of pots and pans and bowls.

We infer from the text that these are easy-ish recipes, and perhaps that some have been made easier than the traditional methods of making the dishes. From our perspective, this is a really appealing, not-overwhelming, all-around good French cookbook. It would be great for anyone starting out in French cooking and great as a gift. If you already have a number of French cookbooks, you probably already have many of these recipes. If you're a cooking novice, this may be a little over your head.

There are some quite obscure cheeses and hard-to-find cuts of meat that may challenge you. There are some garnishes and sauces that are specified but not included in the book – crème anglaise and caramel sauce, for example. We always thought ravigot sauce included capers. Otherwise, this is one of the best small French cookbooks we've seen in quite a while.


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