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French Cooking Books, Kitchen Cookware and Ideas as Best Gifts for the Home Cook

Updated on March 14, 2016

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Do you love all things French? Do you need gift ideas for some Francophiles in your life? Take a peek at this hub that illustrates French cooking books, French cookware, French chocolate truffles, French pastry and more as best gift suggestions.

An absolute staple cookbook in many kitchens, including ours, is the book by Julia Child titled The Art of French Cooking.

My husband brought that cookbook into our marriage many years ago and as our cookbook collection has grown and has also been culled through the years, this is an absolute classic that will remain a part of our cherished cookbooks.

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We have some good friends whose sweet daughter married a wonderful man from France.

She and her growing family live here in the United States but they go back often to visit his family that lives in his homeland of France.

He loves to cook and thus, his American family gets the benefit of tasting many of the foods of which he is familiar.

Even though Iain is not a French Culinary Institute trained chef, we have heard rave reviews about his cooking from his American family members.

My husband and I have been offered a free meal at their home in reciprocation for hosting them to a dinner at our house some time ago.

Only problem...we would have to cross the country to collect on that generous offer.

Since we live in Texas and they live in California...we may collect someday, but probably not in the near future.

Are you listening Iain?

We have not forgotten!!!

In the meantime we enjoy French foods eaten out in restaurants or cooked here at home by following recipes in our French cookbook.

There are some wonderful French cookbooks that can be purchased online as well as in bookstores. It is fun to experiment with new recipes on occasion.

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If one is going to satisfy that Francophile why not consider giving him or her some French cookware?

Do French foods taste better if cooked in pots and pans that are also French in nature?

Probably not...

But if your French pastry chef is following French recipes and is making French pastry or French desserts using his new cookbook, why not make it a complete gift by also giving him some new French cookware?

The thought process that went into giving a complete package like that as a gift for that home cook will certainly be appreciated.

My husband and I have some Le Creuset cookware and we can personally attest to it being a wonderful addition to what we have on hand by way of casseroles and other items that are helpful to have available for our savory creations.

If your budding French chef or home cook is anyone like my husband who loves cooking and trying new recipes, your gift recipient probably also likes the latest in kitchen gadgets.

Once a kitchen is properly set up with the basic cookware and utensils it is nice to be able to add ancillary items to that home cook's kitchen...perhaps items of cookware that they might not splurge and buy for themselves.

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Imagine this scenario...

We are sitting at an outdoor table on a little side street just outside of a French patisserie after having selected a delectable French dessert to share with a friend. This sweet confection is accompanied by a couple of cups of steaming and fragrant espresso. The sun is shining and the birds are singing. The air is sweet with the smell of blooming flowers that are in jardinieres just outside the shop's doors.

What could be better?

If this little trip into fantasy is not possible that does not preclude the idea of being able to give a gift of French pastries either in book form or some other gift that might enable your home cook to be able to create a French pastry right in his home kitchen.

The flavors of France can be ours no matter where we live!

Do you like eating French truffles or giving them as gifts?

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French chocolate truffles

Not long ago a good friend and I went to a little town by the name of Calvert, Texas for a fun daytrip outside of Houston.

One of the prime reasons for going was to visit a restaurant and also a truffle factory called Cocoamoda.

They are across the street from one another in old historic buildings.

My friend and I not only sampled some delicious truffles that day after dining in the good restaurant but we also each purchased a little box that was beautifully gift wrapped to bring back home for our husband's enjoyment.

That was one delightful day!

One need not go to a truffle factory as my friend and I were able to do to be able to acquire some delectable truffle treats for someone on your gift list. They are widely available in many places...even online!

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Does this give you any ideas of what you might like to buy as a best gift for your favorite home cook? Between the French Cooking Books, cookware and other tempting goodies found here, you should have no problem satisfying that Francophile or "wannabe" Francophile this year. Hope you enjoyed this look at what is available. À la votre!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Glad that you liked this Rajan. Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting read and a lot of gift ideas here.

      Voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      We also loved the movie Julie and Julia. I did not read the book. Julia Child certainly led an interesting life! She still occasionally shows up on television reruns. Thanks for the votes.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      I remember watching Julia Child on PBS when I was a teenager. She was so funny and interesting. I'm sure I absorbed quite a bit of technique from her; although, I have never really pursued French cooking. Loved the movie about her life with Meryl Streep but hated the book it was based on! (Julie and Julia) Interesting information on France and French cooking! Voted up and interesting! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Indian Chef,

      That is nice that you have access to all kinds of cookbooks where you live. The bookstores are full of them for every type of cuisine over here and we certainly have our fair share of them in our home. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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