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04.08.2013 · Cookbook Review of Bruno Loubet’s Mange Tout

Every summer, we spend some time in the south of France. Much of that is dedicated to cooking and eating. As a tradition, we bring a new cookbook along to inspire us. In order to maximize the use of the amazingly fresh and native vegetables and herbs in the region, we avoid the newest bestseller on Szechuan cuisine and go for a Mediterranean cookbook.

This year, our book of choice was Bruno Loubet’s Mange Tout. Mr. Loubet is one of London’s best-known chefs and the owner of a string of successful restaurants since the early 1990s, including Bistrot Bruno and L’Odeon.

The book contains a surprising variety of different dishes, many of them unexpected, such as Indian-flavored “Lime Pickle & Yoghurt Aubergines with Toasted Almonds” or “Ramma’s Spicy Chicken Livers.” You must not forget to add The Love of Chilies to both. Some ingredients may actually be hard to find outside of France or specialist shops in London, such as snails, merguez sausage, pheasant or venison loin. Many dishes contain meat.

Trying out Bruno Loubet’s Petits Farcis de Provence recipe with The Love of Chilies

But then there are many reliable classic bistro dishes, too, such as the stuffed vegetable dish “Petits Farcis de Provence,” which we immediately tried out. The instructions were easy to follow and the dish turned out fantastic. We liberally added chilies to spice up the dish and deepen the taste experience. We recommend the book to anyone who loves to cook and likes French-inspired food.

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