Saturday, July 28, 2012

Weekend Cooking: Manu's French Bistro by Manu Feildel

A couple of years ago I did a Weekend Cooking post about going to the Good Food and Wine Show and getting the chance to watch a demonstration by celebrity chef Manu Feildel. Since that time, Manu has become even more well known with more series of his TV show, winning the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars, celebrity endorsements of soup, and more. At the demonstration, he talked about the fact that he was starting to work on a cookbook, and today I am going to talk about  that book  his second book.

Manu started out helping out in his dad's restaurant but then he ran away to join the circus. Having realised that the circus was not his long term future, he returned to the kitchen and spent many years working in the bistros of France.

There were plenty of recipes that included traditional French ingredients that I just can't imagine using in my home kitchen like a recipe for Garlic Snail Pies and a gorgeous looking Hare Pie, which is like a posh version of cottage pie but I just can't imagine actually ever cooking with hare. There are plenty of recipes though that I could at the very least try. In some of the interviews that I read though, Feildel makes no secret of the fact that this book was designed to be more challenging without being too inaccessible. Having now looked at this book, I am interested to see if I can get hold of the first book and see how it compares in terms of accessibility to someone like me who is a functional cook at best.

As an object, this is a very well presented package. The photography is both practical and gorgeous when it comes to the recipes, but also there is a bit of fun in some of the other photos that are included. In addition, there is a menu which gives suggested entrees, mains and desserts that are fitting for each season. I think that one of my favourite things stylistically is the word cloud type page which features the name of the recipes that are included in each of the section; entrees, mains, desserts and basics. You can catch a brief glimpse of an example of this at about the 30 second mark of the video below.

Instead of typing up a recipe, I thought I would share a video that was created to help promote the book. This has a couple of bonus points in that you can hear his delicious French accent, and you also can see a quick glimpse of the styling that I talked about before.






In addition, below are some links to recipes that are from the book

Onion and Bacon tartlets (from the publisher's website)
Beef Cheeks/Chewy Walnut and Caramel Tart (from the Courier Mail)


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31 comments:

  1. He should write his biography; what an interesting life- circus, chef, Dancing with the Stars- he's done it all!

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    1. He definitely has led an interesting life.

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  2. I LOVE that he ran away to join the circus! I also love that you are introducing is to Australian chefs we might not otherwise know about!

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    1. You have me contemplating a post about globally famous chefs after that comment.

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  3. you have to love that accent...lol
    the raw beets in the salad,as well as the cooked, are interesting.

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    1. It is interesting to see both together like that isn't it.

      I don't think I have ever had raw beetroot.

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  5. Cool--I haven't heard of him before, but the recipes sounds pretty classically French. I love the way he says "salad". :)

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    1. You would think that you get enough French accents every day!

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  6. He's French and he won the Australian version of DWTS? He sounds pretty neat!

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    1. Melanie, he has lived here for many years now.

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  7. Wow!!! I love beets and I love him! :) So cool that he ran away to the circus. I need to see if I can get his books here.

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  8. A new-to-me chef! Of course I love all-things-French, so I'm glad he is now in my radar.

    Here's my Weekend Cooking.Please stop by and share your thoughts.

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    1. I am partial to all things French too!

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    1. They do look really delicious!

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  10. These sound like dishes I would love to order in a bistro. I don't know about making them myself, though...

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    1. I am not sure that I would make to many out of this book, but I am hopeful of finding some things in his earlier book.

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  11. French bistro food ... eyes glazing over, mouth watering..

    Hope you are having a nice week. My Weekend Cooking contribution was a salmon pizza.

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    1. I really need to go and eat at a French bistro some time soon.

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  12. For me, this would be more a coffee table book. I don't know that I would cook much from it. I would find the techniques interesting. Thanks for including the video, it was good to see him cooking.

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    1. A good sign for me is if I find myself thinking I need to buy a book that I originally got from the library. This is one that I don't feel the need to buy.

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  13. What an interesting life he's led. I love his accent and would love to sample some of these recipes. Thanks for sharing such a cool chef!

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  14. He's done some exciting things! Looks like a delicious cookbook, I love Bistro food. And his accent :)

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    1. His accent is delicious isn't it!

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  15. This definitely makes me want to visit a French bistro. Yum!

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  16. French bistro cooking made accessible, yay :) Sounds like a cookbook that is just waiting to be used!

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    1. It was more one to look at for me!

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