Im­pec­ca­ble ap­proach­able

Dorie Greenspan cel­e­brates life’s sim­ple plea­sures in Ev­ery­day Dorie

National Post (National Edition) - - THE FEAST - Laura Bre­haut Recipes are ex­cerpted from Ev­ery­day Dorie © 2018 by Dorie Greenspan. Pho­tog­ra­phy © 2018 by Ellen Sil­ver­man. Re­pro­duced by per­mis­sion of Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mif­flin Har­court. All rights re­served.

‘This is my food,” says Dorie Greenspan of her lat­est cook­book, Ev­ery­day Dorie (Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mif­flin Har­court, 2018). The James Beard Award-win­ning au­thor de­scribes the col­lec­tion of en­tic­ing and of­ten un­ex­pect- ed recipes as her “pantry and fridge book.” The ca­sual food she’s ac­cus­tomed to mak­ing for her fam­ily and friends, and a true re­flec­tion of her cook­ing reper­toire.

Renowned for her im­pec­ca­ble and ap­proach­able bak­ing books – and past col­lab­o­ra­tions with Ju­lia Child and French pas­try chef Pierre Hermé – Ev­ery­day Dorie is Greenspan’s se­cond “cook­book cook­book.” In con­trast to her first, Around My French Ta­ble (2010), which fo­cused on her brand of Parisian home cook­ing, she wrote Ev­ery­day Dorie at her home in West­brook, Conn.

While she cre­ated each of her 13 cook­books with the home cook (or baker) in mind, Ev­ery­day Dorie is es­pe­cially prac­ti­cal. Greenspan di­vides her time be­tween New York City, Conn. and Paris, and al­though the book shows traces of all three of her homes, it also re­flects the fact that she wasn’t a block away from the near­est spe­cialty shop but an hour round-trip from a su­per­mar­ket.

“I’ve al­ways loved to play around with recipes to give home cooks and home bak­ers the chance to take a recipe and run with it, and tweak it so that it’s what they want it to be. But I re­al­ized that I was cre­at­ing recipes that way be­cause if I didn’t have an in­gre­di­ent, I had to find some­thing else to give me the flavour that I wanted,” she says.

“I’m not a fancy cook. I’m not even a fancy baker; I don’t decorate things. If I find a new in­gre­di­ent, I love to play with it but at heart I’m pretty down-to-earth. But I think that I’m even more ba­sic and more prac­ti­cal here.”

ELLEN SIL­VER­MAN

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