“From the woman who authored French Comfort Food, a favorite in all things classic and traditional French food, comes the new Le French Oven. Hillary Davis’s latest is dedicated to the authentic recipes that can be made in a cocotte (think Dutch oven, but Parisian-style). Coupled with mouth-watering photography by Steven Rothfeld, this spin-on-a-classic cookbook belongs in every food-lover’s kitchen.” —Gayot.com
“Le French Oven is an original approach to a flavorful French-inspired cuisine that can easily be made in any American kitchen. Hillary Davis’ recipes ring of hearth, home and nurturing in style and with elegance. Le French Oven will become an essential part of your home, and if it doesn’t fall apart from loving use, you’ll gladly pass it down to your children.”—The Rambling Epicure
“Hillary’s new book “Le French Oven” has now joined the ranks of “French Comfort Food” as one of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE cookbooks! (I’m actually buying this cookbook for a lot of my fellow “foodie friends”…) Once you pick this book up, you’ll understand why I’m going so crazy over it!” —BlaiseTheBaker.com
“Le French Oven by Hillary Davis is the new staple to my cookbook collection. It showcases authentic, tantalizing French recipes that can be created in the cocotte―the French version of a Dutch oven―in all of its sizes and shapes, from mini to large.” —Pamela Morgan, FlirtingWithFlavors.com
“This is a wonderful book that I enjoyed from the minute I opened it up and started reading the introduction.”—Carolina Cookbook Connoisseur
French Comfort Food by Hillary Davis (Aug. 1, 2014)
Publishers Weekly Review of French Comfort Food:
“Some of the best comfort food is French,” food journalist, cooking instructor, and blogger Davis (Cuisine Niçoise) writes in her introduction to this savory valentine to French cooking, “and it is not that hard to make at home.” She proves her point again and again, showing readers how they can transform their home into a private French bistro with dishes such as a rustic caramelized onion and Roquefort clafouti, classic French onion soup gratinée, and duck breasts with black cherry sauce. Simple pleasures like a crusty baguette with melted chocolate or a perfect croque madame dominate the offerings, though Davis doesn’t shy away from more formidable fare, such as a pork and vegetable stew with dumplings that requires a whopping 33 ingredients or a visually impressive layered vegetable omelet cake that calls for three omelets stacked upon one another. Davis does what she can to ease prep and cook times (slow cookers are employed for traditional cassoulet) without sacrificing the all-important flavor. Even though some dishes require more time and preparation than others, readers will find their patience rewarded with memorable results. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/16/2014
“This book is so up my alley. I am so excited….it is one of the most delicious books I have looked through in quite a long time.”
—- Cathy Erway, Host of Eat Your Words on Heritage Radio
“Hillary Davis, you did it again. Another gorgeous book! Your recipes are not the same-old same-old that you get in most French cookbooks. This is an important cookbook, one that is a gold mine of grand-mère recipes.”
— Ann Haigh, Host of On The Menu Radio
“Davis emphasizes that as life grows faster and faster-paced, the love of cooking at home returns to the slower, cherished way — a little while in the kitchen and around the family table means a lot more of the good life.”
— Steve Sherman, The Keene Sentinel
“Her love of all things French jumps from every page and the photos make you want to immediately book a flight.”
— Lisa Dinsmore, OneForTheTable.com
“As we head into fall and cooler days, this cookbook with its new-but-familiar comfort food dishes is not likely to leave the kitchen very often.”
Home Cooking Au Francaise
The French have a way with food, and Monadnock area resident Hillary Davis has savored and selected the best versions of home-style cooking across France. She lived in Paris for two years and for 11 in the south of France, all the while learning and experimenting with the cuisine.
This book is a beautiful compilation of 80 recipes Davis has adapted for ease and flavor. Find an inspiring gamut of comfort foods from the French version of mac and cheese to a hearty French onion soup to a oven-fresh banana tarte tatin. Each recipe has personal notes and preparation tips. This book will make you want to don an apron and turn up the flame. Bon appétit.
Reviewed September 2014, New Hampshire Magazine
Cookbook celebrates French comfort foods
Food journalist, cooking instructor and food blogger Hillary Davis of Hancock has written a new cookbook, “French Comfort Food,” to be released Aug. 1 by Gibbs Smith Publishers. She is also the author of “Cuisine Nicoise: Sun-Kissed Cooking From the French Riviera.”
Living in Paris for two years and more than 11 years in the south of France, Davis developed a passion for home-style French cooking. Her first cookbook, “Cuisine Nicoise,” celebrated the healthy style of cooking prepared in the countryside around her home near Nice. In “French Comfort Food” she takes us further afield on a delicious journey throughout the many regions of France to rediscover the most loved meals that French families prepare every day.
Davis, in addition to being a food journalist, cooking instructor and writer, she is also the creator of the popular food blog, “MarcheDimanche,” and a longtime food columnist and restaurant critic for New Hampshire Magazine. Her work has been featured in the Boston Globe, Connecticut Home Living, Hartford Magazine, Tastes of New England, CelebrationNH, ParisLuxe.com, eGuideTravel.com, Bonjour Paris and other regional, national and international publications. She has been a food and travel lecturer on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines. As a food authority, she is a frequent judge of cooking competitions and a speaker at food and blogging events.
Reviewed by Monadnock Ledger
Letter to the Editor of New Hampshire Magazine:
French Comfort Food’ captures generations of rich cooking traditions: Cookbook review
“This beautiful new cookbook from food writer and cooking instructor Hillary Davis captures the hearty and heart-warming side of French cooking with a collection of classic recipes and regional favorites, many given modern updates to put them in sync with the way people eat today.”
—- Grant Butler, The Oregonian, September 2014
Press Release for: Cuisine Nicoise: Sun-Kissed Cooking from the French Riviera by Hillary Davis (Aug. 1, 2013)
“Bright colors, sun-splashed days, fun, sybaritic pleasures–Hillary Davis captures on the plate everything delightful we associate with Nice. This food is extraordinarily fresh, delicious, and a feast for the eye as well.
What a joy to be able to bring the good life into your own kitchen.”
— Frances Mayes, best-selling author, Under The Tuscan Sun, The Tuscan Sun Cookbook
“I am impressed! Hillary Davis has a unique perspective on cooking for which she makes a persuasive case in her new book. She believes that we learn how to cook not just from books but also from family, friends, restaurants, markets, and even from the dishes our food is served upon and the pots in which it’s cooked. ”
—Paula Wolfert, best-selling author, The Cooking of Southwest France, The Food of Morocco
“With this ode to Niçoise cooking, put together lovingly by Hillary Davis, you will bathe in the aromas of the Niçoise countryside, from the warm pungency of wild herbs, to the sweet, fresh melons and peaches at farmers’ markets dotted throughout the countryside. Ms. Davis fell in love with the hilltop village of Bar-Sur-Loup,where she lived, cooked, ate and absorbed all that was around her. In Cuisine Niçoise she has made liberal use of everything she experienced and tasted; she has filled the book with tips and traditions; she has opened up a sun-kissed world for all to share. All of it will make you want to hop on an airplane and land in the center of the Niçoise countryside, at a table set for lunch! Photos by Steven Rothfeld make the book come alive with color. Bravo!”
—–Susan Herrmann Loomis, author of On Rue Tatin and owner of On Rue Tatin Cooking School
In CUISINE NIÇOISE: Sun-Kissed Cooking From The French Riviera (Gibbs Smith; August 5, 2013), Hillary Davis, who lived in on the French Riviera for over 11 years, offers an insider’s look at this unsung cuisine and how it fits perfectly into a healthy lifestyle. Drawing on her years of living there, learning how to cook cuisine Niçoise from neighbors in her village, friends, chefs, and a host of characters she met and tells us about in the book, Davis brings the Niçoise culture and style of cooking healthy, fresh and always local to vivid life with her stories in each headnote above each recipe: learning how to forage, harvest olives from the trees in her backyard, till a garden, buy fresh every day from local farmers and open-air markets, and spending Sundays cooking and eating with friends. Her cast of characters are out of a movie: Madame up the hill, her cooking mentor and opera lover; Dave, the wild Australian superyacht captain with a penchant for cooking; the village priest; Lady Sarah and her hens; Pamela’s ruby-studded stone house; meeting Simca Beck when a newlywed; as well as avoiding the wild boar that occasionally were herded down the hill past her front gate.
More than a cookbook, CUISINE NIÇOISE is a tale, a story, a dream. It is a delight for armchair travelers and cooks, as Davis engagingly describes the villages around her, her favorite markets, where to find locally made pottery, village festivals, museums, and a way of life that many would love to experience.
In CUISINE NIÇOISE, Davis also includes:
- Recipes from cutting-edge Niçoise chefs: Michelin-star Nicolas Rondelli of Le Bigaradier; Pascal Bardet, a chef with Alain Ducasse for 17 years and now head of his own restaurant, La Passagère; and Michelin-star chef Sébastian Broda of LePark45 Restaurant.
- Informative sidebars about ingredients, culture and shopping.
- A section on typical Nicoise ingredients.
- Contact information on the restaurants she favors and the hours of open-air markets.
Illustrated with exquisite photography from world-class photographer Steven Rothfeld, whose credits include the cookbooks of Frances Mayes (The Tuscan Sun Cookbook and Bringing Tuscany Home) and Patricia Wells (Simply French), the lush design of the book and Rothfeld’s sensuous photography evoke the colors and aromas found in this sunny corner of France.
More Praise for Cuisine Niçoise:
“I think this book might just be the next best thing to living on the French Riviera! It is more than just a beautiful book filled with glorious tales and remarkable recipes.
It is a love story of food, tradition and culture.”
—Monica Bhide, author Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen;
One of the Top 10 Food Writers to Watch in the Country, 2012—the Chicago Tribune
“From her kitchen in a sunny French village, Hillary Davis has crafted a beautiful collection of classics from the lighter side of French cuisine. Even if you can’t afford a trip there, you can still taste life in the Riviera.”
—–Kathleen Flinn, author, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry and The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
“With evocative photos, tantalizing recipes and charming stories, Cuisine Nicoise captures the warmth and beauty of one of France’s most iconic regions. As I read the book, I felt as if Hillary Davis was taking me on a grand tour, introducing me to the home cooks and restaurant chefs, food artisans and merchants she knew while living in a small town near Nice. Her recipes are simple and appealing, evidence of her love for the food and customs of this very special place.”
—Michele Scicolone, author The Mediterranean Slow Cooker, The French Slow Cooker,
The Italian Slow Cooker, 1000 Italian Recipes
“Davis’ engaging antecdotes of her decade-long adventures including kindly neighbors proferring a simple plum tart made from the freshest of seasonal fruit to a handsome server bearing “naked meatballs”, play on the nuance, humor, and kindness of this magnificent French/Italian influenced region. Gorgeous photography by Steven Rothfeld coax even more beauty and magic out of Davis’ musical, heart-felt words and luscious recipes. This is a book filled with palpable love for the region and the art of French cooking. Bravo!”
—Holly Herrick, author Tart Love and The French Cook: Sauces
“From appetizers to soups to Sunday suppers, Davis offers an interesting take on healthy French cooking without the gobs of butter or heavy sauces. It’s a joy to peruse, with lovely photography of the region included. She adds her own personal reflections on each dish and offers tips for readers to make preparation easier. Consider it required reading before a trip to the region.”
— Susan Laughlin, Food Editor, New Hampshire Magazine
“It’s a lovely book full of vivid details about daily life in that beautiful corner of the world. And the recipes are calling me to the kitchen with their fresh, vibrant style: Polenta and Tomato Salad (Niçoise cooking is heavily influenced by its proximity to Italy), Late-August Double Fig Salad, Swiss Chard Gnocchi, Caramelized Pork Roast with Olive Jam.”
— Amy Traverso, Senior Lifestyle Editor, Yankee Magazine
“In honor of Prosper Montagne, the culinary giant who wrote “Larousse Gastronomique” in 1938, I began searching specifically for French recipes for peaches. These came from a delightful new book, “Cuisine Nicoise: Sun-Kissed Cooking From the French Riviera,” by Hillary Davis, an American living in France. This book will have you searching your farmers market for the freshest, best quality produce and meats, and find you preparing them carefully, maybe with Edith Piaf playing in the background.”
—Marialisa Calta, Pocono Record
“Good to talk to you on our program yesterday. Cuisine Niçoise is a beautiful, inspiring book!”
— Ann Haigh, co-host, On The Menu Radio
“Davis fuses these authentic recipes with simple methods, simple but superb ingredients, and a nod to contemporary tastes (and techniques) that translate beautifully to the North American kitchen. Recipes are approachable and offer a clarity that invites you to savor each recipe, page by page.”
—Marcy Goldman, BetterBaking.com, author A Passion For Baking, The Baker’s Four Seasons
“Cuisine Niçoise is incredible, and Hillary is amazing.”
— Luca Paris, Host, What’s Cooking With Luca, WKBK
Events and Press:
- April 20, 2016: Hillary Davis appearance on WMUR-TV “Cook’s Corner preparing a recipe from her cookbook, Le French Oven.
- April 2016: Featured in Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, “Hamptons Epicure: Working Le French Oven in La La La Hamptons”
- March 2016: Featured in Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons, “Hamptons Epicure: Cooking with Israel Eats and Hillary Davis”
- February 2016: Featured in Dan’s Papers in the Hamptons for photoshoot for Hillary Davis’ new cookbook, Les Desserts
- February 3, 2016: Feature coverage “Just Desserts” in The East Hampton Press & Southampton Press
- October 4, 2015: Le French Oven featured on Gayot.com
- September 2015: Feature in New Hampshire Magazine promoting Le French Oven
- July 2015: Hillary Davis appearance on “Cook’s Corner” WMUR-TV.
- May 8, 2015: Hillary Davis appearance on “Food For Thought”, WTPL FM Radio
- April 22, 2015: Hillary Davis appearance on “Cook’s Corner”, WMUR-TV, an ABC affiliate
- January 5, 2015: Review of Cuisine Niçoise by MediterraneanLiving.com
- December 8, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by The Culinary Cellar
- December 6, 2014: Book signing at Patisserie on Newbury, Boston, 2-3:30
- December 6, 2014: Book signing EatBoutique PopUp Boston, 12-2
- December 2, 2014: Hillary Davis appearance on Connecticut Style, WTNH-TV, cooking segment.
- November 29, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by Bay State Advisory
- November 29, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by gherkins tomatoes.com
- November 15, 2014: Guest Chef Hillary Davis to teach cooking class at Stonewall Kitchen, York Maine from recipes from her new cookbook, French Comfort Food.
- November 14, 2014: Hillary Davis appearance on “Cook’s Corner”, WMUR-TV, an ABC affiliate.
- November 6, 2014: Chicago Tribune, Review of French Comfort Food
- November 4, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by Katie At The Kitchen Door
- October 13, 2014: Hillary Davis appearance on “Cook’s Corner”, WMUR-TV, an ABC affiliate.
- News: French Comfort Food is now in Anthropologie stores.
- September 28, 2014: Hillary Davis guest on Eat Your Words with Cathy Erway on Heritage Radio
- September 22, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by OneForTheTable.com
- September 19, 2014: Hillary Davis co-hosts cooking show, “What’s Cooking At Quill”
- September 18, 2014: Feature Review of French Comfort Food by Keene Sentinal.
- September 10, 2014 at Noon: Hillary Davis appearance on “Cooks Corner”, WMUR-TV, an ABC affiliate
- September 5, 2014: Recipe for Rochers aux Amandes from Cuisine Niçoise on French Entree.
- September 4, 2014: Feature Interview with Hillary Davis on French Comfort Food and Cuisine Niçoise by the Hippo Press
- September 2, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by The Oregonian.
- Fall 2014: Sweet Paul Magazine highlights French Comfort Food
- September 2014: French Entree Magazine highlights Cuisine Niçoise Cookbook
- August 23, 2014: 9-10 am, Hillary Davis guest on Eat This Drink That Radio
- August 20, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by TheKitchn.com
- August 15, 2014: Hillary Davis guest on On The Menu Radio Show
- August 5, 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by Cookbooks365.com
- August 2014: Review of French Comfort Food by New Hampshire Magazine
- July 11, 2014: Review of French Comfort food by The Monadnock Ledger
- June 2014: Tour de France and a Zucchini Pie Recipe by Hillary Davis in BonjourParis.com
- July 8, 2014: Boston Globe features recipe from Cuisine Niçoise
- June 20, 2014: Celebrating Peach Season with a Peaches and Cream Tart by Hillary Davis in BonjourParis.com
- June 2014: Publishers’ Weekly Book Review of French Comfort Food
- April 30, 2014: Cuisine Nicoise Book Dinner at Luca’s Mediterranean Cafe, Keene, NH.
- December 7, 2013: Book Signing at EatBoutique Holiday Market, at Cruiseport Boston’s Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, 3rd Floor (1 Black Falcon Avenue, Boston MA.) 3-4 pm
- November 19, 2013: TV cooking demonstration on NBC affiliate WCSH TV/”207″, Portland, Maine
- November 16, 2013: Meet The Author, Private Event, Bath, Maine
- November 16, 2013: Book Signing at None Such Books, South Portland, Maine 11 am
- November 15, 2013: Cooking Demo and Book Signing at “Now You’re Cooking”, Bath, Maine from 4:30-6:00 pm
- November 10, 2013: Review of Cuisine Nicoise by Baystate Readers Advisory
- October 5: Front Page Review Cuisine Nicoise: Keene Sentinel
- September 25: Foodhuntersguide.com reviews Cuisine Niçoise and tests recipe.
- September 20: Theresa Greco of Foodhuntersguide.com reviews Cuisine Niçoise
- September 17: Cuisine Nicoise Review: Ledger Transcript
- September 14, 2013 at 11 am: Reading and Book Signing Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH
- September 12: Cuisine Niçoise Review: Palm Beach Daily News
- September 10: Cookistry.com reviews Cuisine Niçoise.
- September 8: Christian Science Monitor reviews Cuisine Niçoise.
- August 2013: Book Signing and Food Demo, Hancock Town Library
- August 2013: Peaches and Cream Tart Recipe from Cuisine Niçoise featured in Yankee Magazine
- August 2013: Cuisine Nicoise Review: New Hampshire Magazine
- 8/31/2013 Half hour feature interview on Eat This Drink That Radio Show – southern Florida
- 8/15/2013 Half hour feature interview with Luca Paris’ What’s Cooking With Luca on WBK-Keene (listen here)
- August 13: New York Journal of Books review of Cuisine Niçoise.
- 8/12/2013 Feature interview with On The Menu Radio with hosts Ann and Peter Haigh (listen here: cuisinenicoise-hilarydavis-norm )
- August 2013: Review of Cuisine Niçoise by BetterBaking.com
- 8/8/2013 Feature interview with Food and Wine Talk Radio WSFG with hosts Carole Kotkin and Simone Diament (listen here)
- 8/7/2013 Cuisine Niçoise recipe and article in:Peach-Perfect Inspired French Desserts by Marialisa Calta, Pocono Record
- March 2012: Wanderlust Women Feature: Hillary Davis
- June 2011: Moderator at TECHmunch Conference in Boston for food bloggers.
- June 2011: Judge at Cadillac Culinary Challenge in Boston between celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman vs. chef Jason Santos
- March – April 2011: Invited by William Morrow Publishers, along with 8 other food bloggers, to enter a one month Food Challenge, cooking and then blogging about recipes in Patricia Wells’ new cookbook, Salad As A Meal.
- 3/2011 Feature article in Union Leader newspaper. Click here to read. Excerpt: “Davis has been a food blogger and journalist in southern New Hampshire for years, talking about restaurants, recipes, and the pleasure of food. Recently, William Morris publishing house found Davis’ blog and invited her to participate in Four Weeks of Salad Challenge.”
- 2/2011 Chocolate Challenge Judge, New Hampshire Magazine
- 12/2010 MarcheDimanche food blog reviewed by Baking Bar
Excerpt: “This is one of the most fabulous websites I have come across in quite some time!
Hillary Davis is simply an exquisite writer when it comes to food. Her language and conversational tone make easy yet informative reading. Hillary is well travelled and an experienced food writer in many countries. She really has made a career out of doing something she loves!
Not only does Hillary write but she also creates many videos which are all on her YouTube channel. I am determined to watch them all as they are so interesting and I recommend you do the same! Hillary has had the pleasure to interview or be taught by many famous cooks such as Patricia Wells. As well as being interviewed herself many many times. Once you start reading or watching Hillary’s many articles you will find yourself completely absorbed in a world of utter food bliss and knowledge. I find many of the videos so interesting as we simply do not have the same food culture in the UK.”
- 2/2010 Chocolate Challenge 2010 Judge, New Hampshire Magazine
- 1/18/2010 O’Dwyers PR Blog Review
- 9/2005 “Girlfriends Escape to NYC this Fall,” Crofton News-Crier
- 12/2004 “Tips From The Divas,” New Hampshire Magazine
- 7/8/2004 “Insider’s Guide To Lower Manhattan”, downtown express
- 5/2004 “Follow Her: A New Guidebook to Lower Manhattan,” Voices of Lower Manhattan
- 3/2004 “Follow Me Guide to Lower Manhattan,” Books in Review
- 1/2004 Chocolate Challenge Judge, New Hampshire Magazine
- 8/2003 “Two Blondes Offer Tips On Restaurants,” The Union Leader
- 5/2003 “Two Blondes Guide Dishes Out Region’s Good Eats,” Nashua Telegraph
- 5/2003 “Blonde Book Signing,” Peterborough Transcript
- 4/2003 “New Blonde Guide for 2003,” Monadnock Ledger
- 11/2002 Tastes of New England Dining Review by Hillary Davis: “Two Blondes Make One Great Restaurant Guide”
- 6/2002 “Chow Down With The Two Blondes,” New Hampshire Magazine
- 3/2002 “A Lot To Digest,” New Hampshire Business Review
- 12/2001 “Guide Features Local Restaurants,” The Keene Sentinel
- 9/2001 “Two Blondes Take On The Food World,” Mondadnock Ledger
Press for: A Million A Minute by Hillary Davis (Harper Collins Business)
“An impressive, accessible, up-to-date and sometimes exhilarating study of the free-market warriors who make up the international trading community…Although the evolution of the markets in recent decades is scrupulously well dealt with, it is when she peers into the future that A Million A Minute becomes most engrossing…This is an excellent book.”
—- Financial Times of London
“A Million A Minute is a fast-moving book that successfully captures the excitement of the trading room as well as a trader’s hectic pace and activities. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants an accurate inside look at this often misunderstood world.”
—- William E. Simon, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
“Hillary Davis captures the essence of the world I represent. Her outstanding insights, coupled with her writing excellence, have produced a powerful and commanding piece of literature.”
—- Leo Melamed, former Chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange
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