Cooking the Books: Fresh Goat Cheese and Basil Clafoutis

Food Lovers Guide to Paris

Gianluca Tamorri/Food Lover’s Guide to Paris

From time to time, Bas Bleu’s editorial staff “samples” recipes from cookbooks and other culinary guides found in our catalog. Our efforts are amateur at best: If you’re looking for advanced epicurean know-how or glossy food photography, you’re about to be disappointed. We’re humble home cooks, you see, like (most of) you—pressed for time, with non-matching cookware and the tendency to scatter flour everywhere. But we know delicious when we taste it, and if you try your hand at these recipes we think you’ll agree!

If you’ve ever dreamed of eating your way across Paris, we’ve got your map right here. The New Food Lover’s Guide to Paris gives travelers a local’s knowledge of more than 450 restaurants, cafés, markets, and specialty food shops hidden throughout the City of Light. It’s a treasure trove of culinary information, made all the richer by the fact that author and veteran food critic Patricia Wells sprinkled fifty mouthwatering recipes throughout the guide. On our menu this week: this delectable clafoutis (pronounced “kla-foo-TEE”). A traditional clafoutis is a baked cherry tart, but Wells’s savory version is made with goat cheese and fresh summer basil instead.  Continue reading

Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret_Wise_BrownOn page nine of our Summer 2014 catalog you’ll find Goodnight Songs, a collection of long-lost lullabies penned by popular children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. Her books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny are classics cherished by millions of readers, but the story behind Goodnight Songs may be the beloved writer’s most extraordinary.

A Literary Pioneer
Born in Brooklyn in 1910, Margaret Wise Brown didn’t set out to become a bestselling children’s author. In fact, she never expressed much affection for children at all, telling Life magazine,“I won’t let anybody get away with anything just because he is little.” Continue reading

June Book a Month: Tigers in Red Weather

Tigers in Red WeatherAs part of our 2014 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions about the featured work—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. You may use the questions to reflect back on each book once you’ve finished it or to guide you as you read. Either way, we hope these features will enrich your reading experience. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint why, exactly, a story hooks a reader and refuses to let her go. That was the case for Bas Bleu reviewer KG when she read our June selection, Tigers in Red Weather. “I read this novel over the course of a single weekend and proceeded to rave about it to anyone who would listen. My mother, my friends at book club, and my editor all responded by excitedly asking ‘What’s it about?’ My response: ‘It’s hard to explain, but it’s amazing!’” Without giving too much away, we can tell you it’s a masterfully written, slow-burning family saga that draws you deeper into its dark heart with every page you turn.  Continue reading