Tuesday, March 22, 2011


This is not simply a pretty coffee-table gift book, it's also a great compilation of classic French recipes, copied from the Claude Monet family's carnet de recettes. Lavish food and table setting photos, as well as those of Alice and Claude Monet's Giverny interieur, easy enough to follow instructions and delicious historical anecdotes make this a must for the collector's cookbook shelf. Claire Joyes and Jean-Bernard Naudin. Preface, Joël Robuchon. Editions Chêne.
Beautiful book jacket, beautiful cover board. Mine is the 1989 French edition.
Sample an easy Monet family recipe
Bananes au gratin 
6 bananas
1/3 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Cut the bananas in quarters, lengthwise. Arrange them in an oven dish.
Mix the powdered sugar with the lemon juice and butter. 
Pour half of the sauce on the bananas.
Bake in a hot oven 20 minutes, basting often with the rest of the sauce.
Serve hot or cold. Serves 6.

un carnet:  a note book
une recette:  a recipe
un livre:  a book
une banane:  a banana
sucre:  sugar
sucre en poudre:  powdered sugar
beurre:  butter
jus de citron:  lemon juice

The book is also available in English: Monet's Table:

For more recipe books no collector should do without, see Taste and Imagination,  Try It, You'll Like It, and Life's Little Luxuries: Ladurée Sucrée.

Text & photo ©2011 P.B. Lecron 

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