Thank you Dorie Greenspan - her cookbook Around My French Table has given me a new lease on cooking! My sister knew it would when she gave it to me for my birthday in November - thanks Heather.
AMFT is a cookbook to read and is perfect for the cook who doesn't have to follow the recipe exactly. Greenspan expects her readers to cook intuitively. She writes her recipes assuming you have good taste and that we all don't have the exact ingredients or tools called for in the recipe, but that we may have a "bonne idea." She is a curious partner in cooking, offering me confidence and the permission to not play by the book.
So far my favorites include Cream Puff Dough filled with Vanilla Pastry Cream, Salted Butter Break-ups and Hachis Parmentier (a well-seasoned meat and potato pie) and Stuffed Pork Loin Roast.
I look forward to making many family favorites in the future!