The Sinful Creations That French People Bake
Behind Closed Doors
Dorie Greenspan, tell-all French culinary chronicler
The “New York Times” has referred to her as a “culinary guru. So to call Dorie Greenspan an impressive cookbook author is an understatement. Over a span of 20 years, she’s written 10 cookbooks, received six James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals awards, and worked with culinary giants such as Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and Julia Child. She is a two-time winner of the IACP Cookbook-of-the-Year Award, And there’s more to Dorie-she’s as sweet as the sugar she writes about. That’s why we have asked her back for her third appearance before the Culinary Historians of Chicago. Dorie will dish out a behind-the-scenes look at her newest book, “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.”
In a letter to Scott Warner, President of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, Dorie describes her upcoming talk before our group:Bonjour from Paris, I’m so glad that I’m going to see you and the Culinary Historians again. It wouldn’t be book tour without you. Wouldn’t be much fun either. The theme of my talk is French Comfort Baking–what French people bake at home. So different from what they purchase at the fine French bakeries.Why did I choose to write about this? After being a part-time Parisian for almost two decades, and a regular visitor to the city for as many years before, I understand the ritual of the dinner party. But it took ten years or so to get a glimpse into the family meal and to be served the simple sweets that French people bake only for their families and the friends they hold dearest. And beleive me, these creations are special. I’ll take the group ‘behind the kitchen door’, introducing them to my friends so that they can learn what recipes they treasure; which ones were given to them by mothers and grandmothers; and which ones they’ll give to their children. Some of these recipes were very hard for me to get; some were easy to coax from the bakers; lots of them surprised me – and it’s always great to be surprised when you’ve been on the job for as long as I have.Of course, it’s impossible for me to stay away from my former universe, true professional patisserie, and so there’ll be plenty of talk of legendary pastries and the place they hold in the canon today.It’s the end of a long day here, so I’m counting on you to make this sound sexy enough to sell out the house.
Again, merci -lots.
Soon – Dorie
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We suggest you register early to guarantee your seat for this popular event. And if you’d like to purchase a copy of Dorie’s new book, “Baking Chez Moi,” simply let us know so we can make sure there are enough copies on hand. The book retails for $40, but we are offering a discounted price of $35 total (Check or cash).
Saturday, November 8, 2014
10 a.m. to Noon
Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts
900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago
(Located just north of W. Chicago Ave. at N. Halsted St.)
Free Parking (north parking lot across the street, but not in front, please!)
Cost of the program is $5, $3 for students and no charge for CHC members and Kendall students and faculty.
Thank You to our Volunteers
For making this event so SWEET!
Brad Davidson: Chocolate Truffles, Rum Raisin Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Dessert Roses
Bonny Davidson: Cowgirl cornmeal-pecan Financiers
Ingrid Durham: Viennese Sables (cookies) – 200
Gail Gold: cheesecake, alsace style – 2 cakes
Patty Heinze: Caramel Topped Rice Pudding Cake – 4 cakes
Joan Hersh: Buckwheat sables (cookies) – 200
Stephanie Kowalyk: Nutella Buttons – 40
Emily Paster: Green Tea sables (cookies)
Rachel Rezek: Brown Sugar Tart – 2 tarts
Jenny Ross: Chocolate Loaf – 1 or 2
Katje Sabin: Croquet (gluten free)
Deb Silberstein: Touch of Crunch Chocolate Cake – 3 cakes
Kathy Skutecki: Rugelach – 200
Debs Wallner: Double-Corn Tea Cake, Hazelnut, Ginger, and Olive Oil Cake, White Chocolate Dessert Roses
Kym Wroble: Granola Cake and Hazelnut, Ginger and Olive Oil cake