Elisabeth de Châtillon
on Tour September 20-October 1st with
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
Buy It Here: Our Bookshop
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.
QUICHE SANS PÂTE AUX ÉPINARDS ET À LA RICOTTA
(Crustless Quiche with Spinach and Ricotta)
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.
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