Classic French Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker
Author: Ann Mah
Pubpsher: St. Martin's Griffin
The first electric pressure cooker book devoted specifically to French food, Instantly French! brings the scrumptious flavors of traditional French cuisine to your table—without the hours of slow cooking French food normally requires. Author of Mastering the Art of French Eating, Ann Mah is undoubtedly an expert on all things relating to French food. But when she discovered the electric pressure cooker, she realized that it was the secret weapon the French have used for years to speedily prepare the complex dishes of la cuisine de grandmère. In her first cookbook, Ann celebrates everything gastronomically French that an electric pressure cooker can do with over seventy different recipes that cut cooking times in more than half. The delights of Instantly French! range from appetizers like eggplant caviar, pâté de campagne, and savory mini blue cheese cakes to soups like traditional French onion or an autumnal purée of butternut squash and chestnut. For main courses, there are classics like boeuf bourguignon, cassoulet, chicken tagine with preserved lemons, and blanquette de veau. Desserts feature poached pears, flourless chocolate cake, and crème brulée. And, all of these dishes can be made in a fraction of the time they usually take. Illustrated throughout with full color photos, Instantly French! is the essential guide to fast, delicious French cooking with your electric pressure cooker.
In the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, an assassin's bullet strikes James Styles just two weeks before the Democratic Party names his spouse Vice President Harriet Styles its candidate for the Presidency. The task of apprehending the shooter falls to Richard Thatcher, the Director of the FBI, and Thatcher dispatches his protégé Barbara Collins to Paris to lead the investigation. Barbara's quest takes her to the edge of the Arabian Peninsula then back to Paris where she uncovers evidence that suggests a domestic American plot. Candidate Harriet Styles mounts a bitter campaign that condemns the FBI for its failure to apprehend the terrorist assassin. Thatcher, determined to protect his embattled agency, mounts a parallel investigation. A sympathetic American public elects the grieving widow to the highest office in the land. Before the inauguration, Thatcher identifies the shooter and in doing so shakes the very foundations of the American political system.
In this bitingly funny and insightful polemic, Boyles, using his knowledge of history and his shrewd eye for current events, examines the internal crises -- a falling birth rate, an expanding Muslim minority, economic stagnation, a lessening of international prestige -- that have changed the personality of what was once 'La Belle France', transforming it into a nation afflicted with status anxiety. He explains how a country that endlessly repeats its credentials as America's oldest ally became one of our most resolute enemies, wielding the biggest weapon in its arsenal -- the European Union -- against the interests of an America that it fears and envies. While making clear his affection for the "France" of the French people, he targets the "France" of the ruling elite -- from de Gaulle to Chirac -- who have always run the country as a private club, often to the angry dismay of its citizens.