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Colette Rossant


Food Memoirs:
The World in My Kitchen
Return to Paris
Apricots on the Nile

The World in My Kitchen

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2007.01.21 - Sunday Express

2007.01.13 - The Guardian

2007.01.12 - The Austin Chronicle:

These inextricable links between aroma, flavor, and memory gracefully weave together Colette Rossant's memoir The World in My Kitchen. Rossant, arguably the godmother of fusion cuisine, ascended to fame, both as a chef and a writer, due to her high-spirited genius for combining flavors from all reaches of the globe...

Each chapter describes an era of her life, and at each chapter's conclusion, she gives the recipes for the dishes that figure prominently in her narrative. The result is a doubly engrossing book that gives us a window into the birth of modern American cookery.

2007.01.11 -

2006.11.07 - Village Voice:

If you wish you were a food writer or world traveler, or generally fulfilled, successful, happily married, attractive person, she might make you angry. But Rossant's tale of her life in America is an extremely engaging one, especially for food-loving New Yorkers.

2006.11.03 - Entertainment Weekly

2006.10.30 - Becca & Bella

2006.10.06 - BookPage

2006.10.01 - Newsday

2006.09.17 - Los Angeles Times (Calendar)

2006.09.15 -

Summer 2006 - Kitchen, Arts & Letters

2006.04.29 - Library of Congress

Publishers Weekly

[Rossant] has had a genuinely adventurous life, with a lot to tell, both about her New York neighborhood and the larger world ....

Rossant's writing is vivid and opinionated, which makes her good company, and the recipes that folow each chapter are as eclectic as one would wish from a well-traveled writer ....

Kirkus Review

(A star is assigned to books of unusual merit, determined by the editors of Kirkus Reviews.)

Rossant (Return to Paris, 2003, etc.) concludes her trilogy of memoirs with this mouthwatering reminiscence of marriage and her stellar epicurean career.

In 1955, the author and her husband left France for New York. For Rossant, moving to America meant, foremost, the discovery of new food, starting with an ice-cream sundae. She'd read about this "mountain of ice cream" in French reporters' accounts of America, but had never tasted one. Baked potatoes and bagels quickly became favorites as well. She missed lunching on a baguette stuffed with ham, but made do with cream cheese on walnut bread from Chock Full 'o Nuts. Broccoli took some getting used to: "It looked like a small tree, and tasted somewhat like cabbage . . . too bland." Indeed, American vegetables were generally a problem. String beans seemed a wholly different species than the haricots verts Rossant had enjoyed in France. Iceberg lettuce was . . . well, barely lettuce. She also found American packaged food tricky; making her first attempt with a cake mix, she baked the icing and used the cake powder as glaze. While navigating American cuisine, Rossant had children and a series of jobs, including writing for a French-language newspaper and teaching French at Hofstra Univ., where she met Alice Trillin. After Trillin's husband Calvin praised Rossant's cooking in his book Alice, Let's Eat, she was invited to write for Vogue and other magazines. Around the same time, she presided over a cooking club formed by her daughter Juliette, then in fifth grade. The club quickly grew into a series of children's cooking classes, the classes spawned a TV show, and the TV show led to a book contract for a children's cookbook. Rossant's breathless yet humble descriptions of her cooking and her vocational success are great fun to read. Scrumptious-sounding recipes (goose neck pâte, poached pears with caramel, apple mousse) conclude each chapter.

Delectable: Bon appetit!

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Return to Paris

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First Chapter in the New York Times

2006.10.30 - Becca & Bella

2006.10.30 - Judge a Book by Its Cover

2006.09.27 - Kitchenography

2006.05.09 - 50BookChallenge

2006.04.26 - The Baltimore Sun

2004.03.27 - The Guardian (UK)

2003.07.07 - USA Today

2003.06.20 - The Guardian (UK)

2003.06.06 - The Austin Chronicle

2003.05.28 - Epicurious

2003.05.04 - The New York Times (alternate URL)

2003.04.27 - The Washington Times

2004.04.13 - Large Print Reviews

2003.03.30 - San Francisco Chronicle

undated - BookLoons Reviews

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Apricots on the Nile
Memories of a Lost Egypt

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First Chapter in the New York Times

"Grandmaman's Poker Day" excerpted in first issue of Tin House

2006.10.30 - Becca & Bella

2006.10.30 - Judge a Book by Its Cover

2006.08.30 - ElselisaLeest

2006.07.27 - The Indextrious Reader

2006.04.26 - The Baltimore Sun

2005.06.15 - KQED Bay Area Bites

2005.04.24 - The Washington Post

2004.06.27 - Asian Review of Books (Hong Kong)

2003.10.30 - Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt)

2003.08.01 - Tayf (Turkey)

2003.07.28 - Radikal Internet Baskisi

2002.09.00 - Stanford's Review of Thomas Cook Travel Book Award 2002 Nominees

2002.07.22 - Hürriyet (Turkey)

2001.03.17 - The Guardian (UK)

2001.03.07 - Waitrose Food Illustrated (UK)

2001.01.24 - Milliyet Internet Magazine (Turkey)

2000.07.01 - Tour Egypt Monthly (Egypt)

2000.03.00 - 2000 IACP Cookbook Award: Literary Food Writing Nominee

1999.06.25 - Epicurious

1999.05.30 - The New York Times

1999.05.19 - Chowhound

1999.03.00 - Publishers Weekly (Bella Stander)

undated - iVillage (Nigella Lawson)

undated - Books for Cooks

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