Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The Hands On French Cookbook

Elisabeth de Châtillon

on Tour September 20-October 1st with

The Hands On French Cookbook

The Hands On French Cookbook: 

Connect With French Through Simple, Healthy Cooking

(nonfiction: Healthy Bilingual French Cook Book and Language Book – French and English) 
Release date: 6/2/2021 

144 pages 

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If you think French food is complicated, decadent, and heavy, think again! If you think learning and exploring another language is difficult or boring, think again! And if you think cooking French food and learning French at the same time is impossible, teacher and home cook Elisabeth de Châtillon is here to prove you wrong. It might sound too good to be true, but THE HANDS ON FRENCH COOKBOOK is full of healthy, simple French recipes that you can make for friends and family while you learn not only the French language but also a little bit about French culture in a relaxed, fun, tasty way.


France is my happy place, so when I heard about a French cookbook, and I learned it's a French cookbook that helps you learn French...

Well, yes, please.

As an educator, I immediately saw the value of using cooking as a venue to learn a language. As Maria Montessori said, "What the hand does, the mind remembers."


The author notes, "This book is not about becoming a chef or a fluent French speaker." Instead, she invites us to simply "cook and explore French." 

Doesn't that sound delightful?

And that's exactly what I did.

So how does the cookbook/language lesson work?

The cookbook contains ten recipes, and the instructions are given in French, with translations for the uncommon words and phrases. As you work your way through the book, trying the recipes, more and more words become familiar to you in French, and the English translation of these disappears. 

You can't really judge the effectiveness (and, remember, we are simply cooking and exploring French, not becoming a chef or a fluent speaker of French) of this cookbook without trying a recipe. So I did.

(Crustless Quiche with Spinach and Ricotta)

It's crustless. Instead of a flour crust, you use spinach.

Mix the eggs with the cheeses and the milk.
Pour atop the spinach.
Bake for 40 minutes at 350 degrees.


Overall assessment: The Hands On Cookbook is a fun way of learning French and trying out some classic French recipes.


The Hands On French Cookbook_Elisabeth de Châtillon Elisabeth de Châtillon was born in France, has an MA in Education and Marketing, and has taught extensively in both the USA and Europe. She is also an accomplished home cook who enjoys sharing her love for French cooking by feeding her family and friends simple, good food. Her book, THE HANDS ON FRENCH COOKBOOK, was born from her combined love of teaching and cooking —and a desire to share that love and knowledge. When Elisabeth isn’t working or cooking, she likes stepping on her yoga mat, meditating, swimming in the ocean and lakes, walking in the beautiful outdoors, and traveling. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband, Ron, and Minou, her bilingual cat. To find our more, please visit her website. Follow her on Facebook, on Instagramor on LinkedIn  


You can enter the global giveaway here or on any other book blog participating in this tour. Visit/Follow the participating blogs on Facebook/Twitter, as listed in the entry form below, and win more entry points!


Tweeting about the giveaway everyday of the Tour will give you 5 extra entries each time! [just follow the directions on the entry-form] Global giveaway open to US residents 2 winners will receive a print copy of this book



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  2. Crust less quiche does not sound right but it does look good

  3. I have a feeling I'd love that cookbook -- the language idea is a terrific one.

  4. Thanks for your awesome review. It's really cool you added pictures from your try on one of her recipes. So glad the book fed your love of France!

  5. That looked so delicious! So glad you found such a great cookbook.

  6. What intrigues me about this? The recipe, which is simple, and also imaginative (I never would have thought of using spinach as a "crust", perfect for someone like me who is on Weight Watchers. Learning a language through repetitive reading is a bit intriguing, too.

  7. i guess the impossible pie which is a crustless quiche that i make is pretty much the same thing. Delicious! the book looks interesting too.

  8. I've always thought of frittata as a crustless quiche.

    That looks like a nice recipe. I wonder if actual French cooks make that dish. The approach to learning language and cooking at once sounds interesting, though I would think it would be ideal for an e-book or online tutorial where you could look up the words and expressions that you needed. Sometimes printed books just seem out-of-date.

    best... mae at

  9. I thought I saw this book somewhere when I started reading your post. Now I know! Emma!!! Yes, this will be the perfect book for you. I think I need to enter that giveaway as well. Seems like the kind of cookbook everyone would want to have.

    Hope your week has been good so far!

    Elza Reads

  10. Hubby is the chef in our home. I just clean up. I don't think we've ever done any French cooking.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  11. As an ex-chef and and avid cookery book collector, I found your piece really interesting. Amazon here I come!

  12. Sounds like a good cook book.

    My latest post:

  13. Just coming our of a restaurant lol ! There is no real French kitchen it depends where you live while in the North they use a log of creme and fat and it's a very rich kitchen, in the middle it's again different famous for their galettes a kind of pancake and the south is like the Italian kitchen, olive old, lot's of vegetables and salads. Indeed there is a lot of choice ! In Belgium its a bit the same.

  14. Thank you for your great review and support of my book! And as Emma from France Book Tours already quoted, adding some nice pictures of your cooking and language practice was a great and generous idea. Merci beaucoup à tous ! Have fun while cooking and exploring French!

  15. I like her approach to cooking.

  16. I´m not familiar with French cooking, maybe I should try.


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