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Sunday, 23 March 2014 17:20

I know how to cook!

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This is another foundational French cookbook. Although its first edition was released in 1932, Ginette Mathiot's I know how to cook ('Je sais cuisiner') is still referred to as the bible of French cooking. 5 million copies sit on kitchen shelves in France and across the world. My grand-mother used to have it, my mum has it. For many years, this has been the gift made by mums to their daughters leaving their parents' home to start a life of their own.

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 22:15

Le Ménagier de Paris: The oldest French Cookbook

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One of the oldest French cookbooks is known as Le Ménagier de Paris. It was written in the Middle-Ages, around 1393 by an old Parisian Bourgeois willing to educate his young and inexperienced wife about her home duties. It is a sort of ‘Good Wife’s guide’, where the Bourgeois gives a lot of advice on social behaviour, marriage, religion, and a full section on cooking with no less than 400 recipes.