The French tradition – with a twist

“My French Family Table” is an attractive addition to any chef’s library.

The July issue of WAG is devoted to celebrating food – and food for thought.
And that’s exactly what you’ll find in “My French Family Table: Recipes for a Life Filled with Food, Love and Joie de Vivre,” by Béatrice Peltre (Roost Books, $35).

Peltre, a French chef and food stylist, is also the author of the Gourmand Award-winning “La Tartine Gourmande,” the Colorado-based Roost’s very first cookbook.

In this new title, Peltre takes us back into the kitchen, sharing everyday recipes she has created for her own family meals. These simple French-influenced creations, which also happen to be gluten-free, have been developed over the past decade.

Readers will likely relate to the way Peltre incorporates a contemporary perspective on healthy eating into the French tradition of savoring food as one of life’s great pleasures, with each meal a small celebration.

The author’s own photography – of the featured fare, her family and evocative nature scenes – and more than 120 recipes certainly whet the appetite for dishes that range from tomato and watermelon gazpacho with fresh crabmeat and crème fraîche to sole rolls with leek sauce, edamame and romanesco to baked apricots with lemon verbena.

Bon appétit!

For more, visit roostbooks.com. — Mary Shustack

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