By Stéphane Reynaud
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, $40
This big, beautiful book offers a stunning collection of classic French recipes, inspired by the Sunday dinners of chef Stéphane Reynaud’s childhood. Now the owner of Villa 9 Trois, a highly regarded restaurant near Paris, Reynaud offers profiles of vintners, farmers, cheesemakers, and butchers, and 299 recipes for pâtés, terrines, salads, gratins, tarts, roasts, and braises. The recipes can be involved, but the book’s excellent design, captivating photographs, and whimsical illustrations are so inviting that it’s easy to overlook the food’s complexity and get inspired to run into the kitchen to make something. The perfect book for any cook who loves France, this transporting volume is a feast for the senses and the imagination.