Paris Picnic Club

More Than 100 Recipes to Savor and Share

By Shaheen Peerbhai (Author), Jennie Levitt (Author)


Format Hardcover


Paris Picnic Club

More Than 100 Recipes to Savor and Share

by Shaheen Peerbhai, Jennie Levitt



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“Charming . . . Home cooks will delight in the creative array of meals . . . The recipes here are fun, fresh, and perfect to share with friends.” —Publishers Weekly

Delicious recipes from two chefs who cooked up a community as well as a meal.

Winner of the Pacific Book Award—Best Cookbook!

Every Friday for a year in a small town tucked into the hillsides south of Paris, Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt made a delicious picnic-style meal for their friends, and it grew into a clandestine pop-up restaurant, serving much-anticipated lunches to eighty hungry guests. Soon they moved their picnic club to parks and hidden spots across Paris. In this charmingly illustrated book, Shaheen and Jennie offer a collection of their flavorful recipes, taking inspiration from the diverse cuisines of Paris. You’ll delight in eclectic small plates and sharing platters, abundant tartines, creative drinks, indulgent desserts, and more—to savor and share in your favorite picnic spot or at your dinner table.

“In this charming cookbook, Peerbhai and Levitt share lunch recipes from their pop-up restaurant Paris, offering picnic-friendly fare alongside charming hand-drawnillustrations. Once readers get beyond the term “picnic”—only the most zealous of picnickers will bring to the park raw oysters with pickled rhubarb; aligot, a hot dish of mashed potatoes and stringy cheese; or meatballs in amalfitana sauce—they’ll find more than a few dishes that are sure to impress guests without much fuss. There’s homemade gravlax with a citrus vinaigrette, simple garlicky Escoffier potatoes, and pistachio and cherry financiers. Some dishes, however, require slightly more time and ingredients than would be feasible for a simple picnic lunch: foie gras with arugula, basil, fresh figs, Iberico ham, and butter croutons, for instance, or desserts that call for infusions of geranium leaves and tuberose flowers. Home cooks will delight in the creative array of meals that fall on the lighter side and are appropriate for impromptu as well as formal gatherings year round. The recipes here are fun, fresh, and perfect to share with friends.” —Publishers Weekly

“If only we all had friendships like Shaheen and Jennie’s—ones focused on gathering people and cooking for them. In Paris Picnic Club, they’ve created a joyful reminder that great cooking is nothing without the sense of discovery and pleasure that you share with others. You’ll find yourself hopscotching in a playground of appealing recipes—make sure you don’t miss gems like the Cold-Oven Chicken, which is now a staple in my dinner repertoire.” —AMANDA HESSER, cofounder and CEO of Food52
“ Brimming over with seasonal produce, the recipes of Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt blend classic technique with the diverse flavors of twenty-first-century Paris. A vibrant, eclectic cookbook that radiates modern French charm!” —ANN MAH, author of Mastering the Art of French Eating and The Lost Vintage
“ A heartwarming celebration of friendship and good food, this gorgeously illustrated book is brimming with fresh and approachable recipes.” —CLOTILDE DUSOULIER, author of Tasting Paris: 100 Recipes to
Eat Like a Local and the blog Chocolate & Zucchini
“ A beautifully illustrated celebration of the French table, both old and new, with many delicious recipes to inspire gatherings for years to come.” — JESSIE KANELOS WEINER, illustrator and coauthor of Paris in Stride: An Insider’s Walking Guide and illustrator and author of Edible Paradise

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Shaheen Peerbhai is a chef, teacher, and writer who has worked in Mumbai, Paris, and London at establishments ranging from terroir-driven bistros to Michelin three-star restaurants. She has been awarded prestigious scholarships from The Culinary Trust and The James Beard Foundation that turned her cooking school dreams into a reality, sending her to Le Cordon Bleu Paris and London and to Alain Ducasse Education in France. Shaheen teaches baking classes to thousands of enthusiasts and professionals across India and in London, where she lives. She documents her love for crusty breads and delicate pastries at
Jennie Levitt is a chef, artist, and food entrepreneur who began her culinary career in rural Italy. Applying the foundations of Mediterranean cuisine to local ingredients and food culture, she opened a boutique catering company that has curated events in cities such as Aspen, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, and Bogotá. Her latest endeavor is Corelia, all-natural sparkling fruit juices that capture the lush flavor and freshness of the tropics ( In Paris Picnic Club, Jennie brings food and art together with her watercolor illustrations inspired by the natural beauty of the ingredients themselves. She is a graduate of Williams College and HEC Paris.

Pub Date: 4/3/2018

ISBN: 9781454920366

Price: $27.95 / $37.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 224 pages, all in color

Trim: 8 x 10 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Culinary / Specialty Cookbooks

Publisher: Sterling Epicure