The Hands On French Cookbook Excerpt

The Hands On French Cookbook

The Hands On French Cookbook:
Connect with French through Simple, Healthy Cooking,
by Elisabeth de Châtillon

(nonfiction: Healthy Bilingual French Cook Book and Language Book – French and English)

 Release date: 6/2/2021
144 pages
Hands on French



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If you think French food is complicated, decadent, and heavy, think again! If you think learning and exploring another language is difficult or boring, think again! And if you think cooking French food and learning French at the same time is impossible, teacher and home cook Elisabeth de Châtillon is here to prove you wrong. It might sound too good to be true, but The Hands On French Cookbook is full of healthy, simple French recipes that you can make for friends and family while you learn not only the French language but also a little bit about French culture in a relaxed, fun, tasty way.

The Hands On French Cookbook: Connect with French through Simple, Healthy Cooking is a unique cookbook that offers healthy and simple French recipes while introducing French language and culture to English-speaking cooks and readers. This cookbook, written in French with English translations (plus digital recordings in French), will be for children aged 9+ and adults with varying levels of cooking and language skills. 

Ten French recipes include five main dishes and five desserts, prepared with seasonal vegetables and fruits plus other simple ingredients. Enjoy a nutritious and savory “Salade niçoise au quinoa” (“Niçoise Salad with Quinoa”) with fresh green beans, juicy grape tomatoes, and dotted with olives, followed by a simple “Clafoutis aux abricots” (“Clafoutis with Apricots”), a delicious flan flavored with moist fruits to tempt a sweet tooth!

Each detailed recipe features variations, including alternative ingredients for special diets, plus the chef’s ideas, twists and tips. For instance, try almond meal or rice flour for gluten-free diets; or almond, rice or soy milk for dairy-free ones. The chef’s chatty commentary entertains readers and reflects fun facts about French culture and history in “D’où vient…?” (“Where does … come from?”) and “Qu’est-ce que c’est ?” (“What is it?”).  

To follow each recipe, readers start with bilingual lists of ingredients, utensils, and command verbs (action words such as “mix”, “pour” and “bake”), then continue with step-by-step instructions. The vocabulary list and command verbs help second language learners absorb new vocabulary and language conventions through TPR (Total Physical Response), a proven language learning tool, which uses commands and specific body movements, the same way that readers learned their native tongue.

Since it is a multifaceted book, The Hands On French Cookbook will benefit a broad audience, including French students and teachers as well as parents of curious children, health-conscious cooks, vegetarians, and anyone interested in learning about French language and culture in a fun and engaging way. It is beaucoup de fun!

Author’s Note:
I chose 10 recipes especially for your cooking as well as language lessons. Cooking the recipes will help you actively learn the language: “What the hand does, the mind remembers…” My favorite quote from Maria Montessori. That is why this book has been inspired by TPR (Total Physical Response), a fun, hands-on teaching tool that allows you to learn a language by incorporating specific physical tasks with commands. It’s the same way you learned your native language through looking, listening, responding and doing. You can make this cookbook your own. Learn actively some French at your own pace while cooking simple and easy recipes to follow. By the way, since it is a bilingual book in French and English, French readers will also learn English words and phrases.

Last but not the least, I wanted readers to hear how to pronounce the French words and phrases, so I recorded myself reading the main recipes in French. To listen to the recordings that go with this book, please visit This will help you practice the French pronunciation as you read this book at your own pace.


★★★★★ The most yummy book I have read this year. Cook and learn French at the same time! — Emma at Words And Peace

“A perfect book for anyone who’d like to recreate the flavors of France in their own kitchen, while improving their language skills.” —Linda Lappin, award-winning writer and writing teacher

★★★★★ “This is such a good idea. Lovely, mouth watering recipes written both in English and French. What an exciting way to learn French! Such a great idea. The verbs, top tips and photos all mix together to make a very novel way to learn how to cook, whilst also learning some French. Fantastic!!!” —Jackie Oldfield, Educator 

★★★★★ “The Hands On French Cookbook is magnifique! Author Elisabeth de Châtillon’s background in education is clear as she takes her readers through the mechanics of how they can learn French while cooking the simple but delicious recipes.” –Hall Ways Blog

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The Hands On French Cookbook_Elisabeth de ChâtillonElisabeth de Châtillon
was born in France, has an MA in Education and Marketing,
and has taught extensively in both the USA and Europe.
She is also an accomplished home cook
who enjoys sharing her love for French cooking
by feeding her family and friends simple, good food.
was born from her combined love of teaching and cooking
—and a desire to share that love and knowledge.
When Elisabeth isn’t working or cooking,
she likes stepping on her yoga mat,
meditating, swimming in the ocean and lakes, walking in the beautiful outdoors, and traveling.
She currently lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband, Ron, and Minou, her bilingual cat.

To find our more, please visit her website.
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Book review and giveaway: The Hands On French Cookbook

The Hands On French Cookbook

The Hands On French Cookbook:
Connect With French
Through Simple, Healthy Cooking,
by Elisabeth de Châtillon
Hands on French
Published on 6/2/2021
144 pages
Healthy Bilingual French Cook Book
and Language Book – French and English


Buy the book on Our BookshopAmazon / Barnes & Noble

France Book Tours is very soon shifting to a flexible model of tours:
you request one of the books offered for review, but you don’t need to review it on a specific day. You read it and review it when it is best for you! And you still get perks for posting your review!

The Hands On French Cookbook is actually the very last book I received for the traditional book tour format, and it’s a wonderful conclusion to this phase, as the book is so very good. And as you know, a synonym for good is delicious! Click to continue reading

Spotlight and giveaway: Accessible Fine Dining

Book Details:
Book Title: Accessible Fine Dining – The Art of Creating Exciting Food in Your Everyday Kitchen
by Noam Kostucki, with Chef Quentin Villers
Category: Adult Non-fiction , 128 pages
Genre: Creative Cookbook / Fine Dining
Publisher: Amazon
Release date: Dec 10, 2018
Tour dates: Jan 7 to 31, 2019
Content Rating: G

Book Description: 

Six months after opening my first restaurant, one of my dishes was selected as “25 dishes to travel around the world”, featuring me next to culinary legend Heston Blumenthal.

Exciting and healthy food doesn’t have to be complicated, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Over the years, I have seen some of the most exciting dishes come from the simplest kitchens and the most modest ingredients. The purpose of this book is to focus our attention away from the distractions of fancy kitchen equipment and luxury produce and instead focus our attention towards ingenuity in the kitchen and culinary innovation.

For some strange reason, cooking is taught in books as a series of mechanical steps to follow and repeat with precision. I see cooking as a creative art like painting or playing music: it is the freedom of expression that is most interesting to me. When we create from an artistic perspective, we give birth to something new and potentially magical.

The purpose of this book is not to teach you specific recipes, because the ingredients you will find in your local organic food market will likely not be the same as the ones we see here. Nor is the purpose to show you how to imitate us. The purpose of this book is to guide you into thinking about your dishes in a way that elevates them to a fine dining level, from ingredients which are easily accessible to you. Naturally, you will find a few recipes, but most importantly you will find a new way to look at food.

We will share how we think about food shopping, searching for unusual ingredients, the combinations of flavors, techniques, textures, nutritional value, and of course, plating. The purpose of this book is to guide you to become a more exciting, creative and adventurous version of yourself in the kitchen. What separates a craft from an art form is the story behind it; cooking is a craft, while fine dining is an art form.

If you want to create fine dining dishes, start to focus your attention on the different stories a dish can tell. Some stories can be told through your cooking, and others are told through words. Taking the time to present your dishes before people eat is crucial to creating anticipation for the food they will eat.


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Meet the Authors:
Noam Kostucki
I was an awkward child, so I changed school 5 times. I spent most of my life trying to please others, and be the kind of person I believed everyone else wanted me to be. I wasn’t happy and I struggled to get what I want. Everything changed when I started changing.
I spent the last 12 years creating the life I dream of. I’ve had the privilege to be homeless twice, and to speak at Harvard about entrepreneurship. I have grown to be myself more fearlessly than ever before. I am now surrounded by people I love, and who love me.
I traveled over 40 countries, and I’ve helped over 25,000 people create magic. For example Patryk Wezowski who raised $500,000 in 8 weeks and Esther Perel who gave the 30th most viewed TED talk. Some less public successes include a blind eyed student who experienced his blind eye for the first time and a journalist who left an abusive relationship.
As a university drop out, I was surprised when my first book (personal branding) became required reading at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, as well as receiving the UK Business Speaker of the Year runner up award, and a honorary degree in Business from Hofstra University. As an artist, I was honored to exhibit my photography at the European Union’s Innovation Conference.
My most recent venture is HiR Fine Dining, a jungle culinary adventure. I create a discovery menu of 7 plates per person for groups of up to 12 people. HiR Fine Dining became #1 fine dining on TripAdvisor in Tamarindo within the first month. Within 6 months one of my plates was selected out of 40,000 restaurants by OpenTable as one of “25 dishes to travel around the world for”. I was invited to speak at Chateau 1525, Costa Rica’s most reputable cooking school and our guest chefs include a blind chef who traveled all the way the United Kingdom.
Quentin Villers
Quentin has been cooking in restaurant since the age of 18. He helped his brother build a restaurant for which they received a Michelin Star. Quentin moved to Costa Rica to consult for hotels and restaurants. He managed 3 of the 4 restaurants at Hotel Nayara in La Fortuna, for which he lead a team of over 20 people to be selected to enter Relais & Chateaux, a prestigious network of unique luxury hotels with exquisite cuisine. Quentin is a regular guest chef at HiR Fine Dining and consults for a number of fine dining restaurants in Costa Rica.
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