The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: French Bistro Cookbook Giveaway

Friday, November 28, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA: French Bistro Cookbook Giveaway

I rarely review books because I never have the time to read them and then write up a review. It seems the only time I ever read anymore is when I am traveling! But the other day I was asked if I wanted to review the "French Bistro: Restaurant-Quality Recipes for Appetizers, Entrées, Desserts, and Drinks" by Maria Zihammou. I said yes.


This is a first for me. But I looked at some of the recipes and it took me back to last year when I visited Paris for the first time. I was enthralled with Paris and the food. I have been tying to learn how to cook some French dishes. This book made it easy to do.

The instructions were easy to follow. There are very difficult recipes and easy ones. Highlights include: oysters au gratin with garlic butter; buttery crepes with lemon sugar; chicken with lavender honey and lemon sauce; mango sorbet with pineapple, caramel syrup, and sea salt; sole with butter sauce and butter-fried capers; pain bagna filled with tuna salad, vegetables, olives, and Dijon; and much more.

I tried the French Onion soup and Croque Monsieur because that was the first thing I ate in Paris and I will always remember that. The recipe was was and the meal delicious.



If you have a foodie on your gift list, this book is a must buy. I think anyone who enjoys cooking would enjoy learning how to make French classics.


I am going to be using this book, a lot! I am going to tackle mussels next! Now I have an extra copy of this wonderful book for one lucky reader. If you want to win, please enter below on the Rafflecopter widget below!


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Maria Zihammou is a freelance journalist and food creator. In her inspiring cooking philosophy, the raw ingredients are key, the cooking is simple, and the food is a delight to eat.

Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

41 comments:

  1. Yes, I have been to France. I love French onion soup and baguettes.

    Nancy
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  2. The closest I have been to France is Germany. thank you

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  3. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/538464176784420865

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  4. No, I have never been to France, but in my early twenties I was quite smitten with French food, thanks largely to Julia Child. To this day, I can toss off a Pate Brisee or a Béchamel sauce without giving it a second thought!

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  5. Never been to France - YET. My favorite French dish is a good crepe!

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  6. I have never been to France. I love croissants...especially with chocolate! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

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  7. I tweeted the giveaway at https://twitter.com/sbshortie/status/538752699508875264

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  8. No I have never been anywhere really out of the South much.I did live in Denver for about a year.This looks like a lovely book!

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  10. I have never been to France. I would love to. I am not sure what my favorite French dish would be. Patricia

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  11. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/539582856893181952

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  12. I went to France once with a high school group.

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  17. I've never been to France. I would love to go someday.

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  19. I love the chicken with wine.

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  25. I have never been to France, but I hope to visit one day.

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  26. Thanks. I have read many of your posts, it really good and interesting.

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  27. French Bistro Cookbook Giveaway ,I have been to France and loved it.

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  28. I also want to read the cook book, I always cook, thanks very much

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  30. I think I've found many great information from your artical!Thank you.

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  31. I visited France and I love baguettes. French food is great.

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  32. France is my second favorite city. So far i have visited twice there.

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  33. I love France, thankfully been there three times already. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. french food is very good, one of the reasons why I love french

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  35. French food is very good, one of the reason I love france

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  36. France is my favourite country, amazing food.

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  37. I love french food i was in Paris last year and enjoyed lot of french BBQ and other food.

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