I just had lunch at one of the actual Rose Bakeries in Paris, so I'm excited to write about this book. It is a bright green volume that pops off the shelf endearingly from across the room. And just like its namesake bakery, once you have it in your hands it doesn't disappoint. This is a boldly design volume filled with Rose Bakery faces and favorites. Classics are well-represented - scones, smoothies, multiple granolas, soups, salads, and sandwiches. But one of the things I appreciate about this book is the inclusion of recipes that feature natural sweeteners, and slightly off-beat whole grains and flours (quinoa / millet). It includes many vegetarian recipes, quite a number of vegan recipes, gluten-free recipes, etc. Clearly this is a thoughtful compilation of recipes meant to be crowd-pleasers.
I love this cookbook, only partly because I used to work at Rose Bakery. The book was published just before I started and it sent Rose Bakery into an entirely new realm of popularity in Paris. We would have people lining up down the street for breakfast, just to order soft boiled eggs with marmite fingers!
Part of the appeal of The Rose, I think, was the drama that Jean Charles planned into it's layout. We 'savoury' chefs worked in the back kitchen, and the pastry chefs worked in the front. But we often needed to use the ovens in the pastry kitchen and the pastry chefs vice versa, so we'd end up carrying huge trays full of delicious goodies over the heads of eaters and it would drive people crazy with curiosity and smell.
The cookbook envokes the style that makes Rose Bakery what it is. Recipes are wholesome, paired back, quiet on their platings. The flavours are simple and true. Rose Carrarini is a very clever woman. I'm looking forward to her next book.
Rose Bakery in Paris is a wonderful restaurant / takeaway providing delicious breakfasts, lunches and afternoon tea in a happy, convivial setting. Photos of suppliers emphasise the focus on quality ingredients (which are increasingly organic) and the book is beautifully produced and presented.
And the recipes! Seasonal breakfast compotes, smoothies, pancakes and scones. Interesting, unusual soups (green bean and almond, for example), salads and savoury tarts for lunch. And recipes for afternoon tea goodies which include sweet tarts, cakes, biscuits and cookies and more traditional puddings - crumbles, meringues and sorbets. Combinations are both traditional and unusual, offering (for example) both carrot cake - traditional though with reduced sugar, and broccoli cake - savoury 'cakes' are increasingly fashionable in France (see Sophie Dudemaine's wonderful book on cakes).
Everything is prepared freshly with attention to health - reduced levels of sugar in cakes, substitution of wholemeal flour for white, additions of seeds and wheatgerm to increase nutritional content - but all without any sacrifice of flavour ('less sugar does not mean less of a cake'). Gluten free diets and vegans' needs are also addressed - unusual in a mainstream book. Gorgeous!
I waited for this book for so long, and when I finally got it , it did't disappoint.
Rose Bakery is a Mecca for those who love earthy , wholesome foods.Everything about the book is gorgeously presented; and the book is as authentic as it gets, Rose encourages the reader to change things in the recipes and to experiment with them, and to always try to use organic and locally grown vegetables.The carrot cake is full of flavor, and it's worth to find some Bouchon molds to bake it in.
The vegetable tarts crust is one of the best I've had the chance to make.
Can't wait to try more recipes from this book as what I have cooked from it so far has been extremely good(pizzete dough,carrot and seed salad,spiced chickpea and lemon soup,maple syrup scones,raw muesli,vegan fruit cake,
This is a dream of a cookbook.
I adore this book for many reasons; the bright green cover, the publication design, the photography and most of all; the recipes. The recipes are both comforting (in a familiar kind of way) and refreshing (in a new kind of way) which makes it a pleasure to cook from. I often make their Oatmeal cookies which is inspired by a childhood favourite; ANZAC biscuits. The maple syrup scones are also a winner.
I had the pleasure of eating at the Rose Bakery concession in London a few years ago; lunch turned out to be an ode to the carrot with a hearty salad plate (grated carrot salad!) and their classic carrot cake. And of course there was a cup of tea. It was one of my favourite experiences in a dreary grey city.
I have to say that I've heard about this cookbook, and Rose Bakery, for years, but living in Israel without access to actual bookstores with cookbooks in English, I was never inspired to buy it on Amazon. Maybe it would have been different had I seen the actual book, but unfortunately, shopping for it virtually was not very enticing- Amazon doesn't have a "click to look inside" function for this cookbook, and the cover sort of falls flat on the computer screen. When I finally decided to just go ahead with it, in order to join all of you :), I was pleasantly surprised by it! I love the size of the book (which I had imagined to be much smaller, though I could have easily consulted the product dimensions on amazon), and the pages themselves are thick and gorgeously soft. The book is filled with absolutely stunning photos, some of which are just breathtaking! I just didn't want the morning, or the book, to end!
However, I do have a few pet peeves with the book, although I am overall very glad I bought it, and find it very beautiful and inspiring. For starters, I wish it was less obvious that this book was intended for both a British (maybe even European audience, though I doubt the French would actually purchase it in English) and American audience. Although I do like that all ingredients are listed by weight (grams) and by cups, I find some of the other things slightly...
The thing I really like about the Featured Cookbook aspect of this site is that it really gets me to look at the book in a lot more detail than I often do. I delve a few steps further than I might, and for the most part feel rewarded for the effort.
I have had my copy of Rose Bakery for over a year now and have to admit that initially I found it a little cool. I think part of that reason was that a lot of the recipes are simple preparations and are recipes that I already had recipes for or ways of doing already and probably didn't feel the need to pursue other methods. My mistake! I really like the recipes I have tried from the book now and will make them again. Like others have said, there are some nice twists to some classic recipes and it can be nice to find new ways to make an old favourite.
The layout of this book is lovely. There is an element of restraint in the design that makes it quite beautiful to look at and the bright green cover makes it easy to find on the bookshelf. I love the way Phaidon present their cookbooks - their history as publishers of design books allows them a great style to their cookbooks.
i LOVE this book-- whole food philosophy-- with low amounts of sugar + mindful cooking for health. It's a great mix of really good food + a light approach to cooking. I love Rose Bakery-- and pretend I live in Paris when I cook from this book !!
I own several cookbooks, but this was the first cookbook I ever picked up and immediately thought to myself "I must have this." I was totally captivated by the design, size and color. However, while reading through the recipes I was able to determine that, yes, there is a way I want to eat every meal and there is a care I want to have in making those meals. This cookbook inspires and these recipes are special. Some are fairly simple but turn out the best results like the carrot and seed salad. I love baking and have made some great desserts from this book. I can't wait to flag some of my faves.
This book followed hard on the heels of my obssesion with "Good to the Grain" by Kim Boyce. I'd been 'devouring' and adoring Kims book to such an extent I really didn't think there could ever be a new cookery book out there capable of distracting me from it glorious pages...then came "Breakfast Lunch and Tea" and for the first time in ages I actually put "Good to the Grain" down for a while! Stylish yet simple with great photos and recipes that work...so far i've tried Carrot and Seed Salad, Green Bean and Almond Soup, Rolled Fruit Cookies and Fresh Ginger Cake all of which proved successful indeed. This is definately a book that draws you back again and again.
I'm three for three in this cookbook, but I haven't left the cakes section yet. But I can report that the carrot, banana, and lemon cakes are delicious. Very well-written recipes that give measurements in U.S./Brit standards and offer alternate ingredients (so, so helpful) for many items. (My only exception to the well-written recipe: note longer baking time on lemon cake in recipe notes above). I'm looking forward to trying the salads section, as we had a chance to eat at the Paris location a couple years ago and I enjoyed the salads we ate there. I'll update my notes here as I make my way into other sections of this cookbook.
Rose Bakery is one of my favorite places to eat in the entire world! I was in Paris last September, and made it a point to trek to one of there two locations for a meal every single day of my trip. They really know how to combine tastiness and the feel-good of a home-cooked meal. That said, the cookbook lived up to all my expectations. I waited a long time to get it, as it was out of print and hard to find used. When I finally got my hands on a copy, not only was its minimalist aesthetics utterly pleasing to the eye, I also couldn't stop sticking post-its on all of the recipes I wanted to sink my teeth into. One of the recipes I prepare most often at home is the carrot and pumpkin seed salad: simple, tangy, healthy, delicious.
First of all, I really like the lay-out. Very clean and simple, beautiful photo's on the side. Nothing more dissapointing than a cookbook without photo's if you ask me..
My bookcase is packed with cookbooks about dinners and bakes.. Not breakfast and lunch. Breakfast however is one of my favorite parts of the day. You've got lots of time ahead of you, a fresh start, and the smell of coffee to wake you up. I'm a big birchermuesli and Granola fan, so I'm happy with the recipes this book offers.
I'm planning on making the pizzettes, don't they look incredible tasty?
The book is just new in my collection, and am planning to cook with it a lot this month. The rhubarb recipe I tried was very delicious, a really good start of my day.
So the first impression is very positive, now there's only one way to find out if it really is.. Start cooking!
This is not only one of the loveliest cookbooks you'll ever find, but also one of the most useful. If you're on the fence, go ahead - your money will be well spent. It has a distinct Anglo-French style and the recipes work. There are old standards (carrot cake, scones) and some unique recipes, like savory vegetable cakes. Would make a nice gift.
I've always wanted to go eat in Rose Bakery in Paris. One day.
Am kicking myself because I sold my well loved copy a few months ago in a cookbook cleanout before moving house. But my favourite recipes from the book were the brownie cheesecakes and the pistachio cake. And the banana smoothie (which helped me overcome my fear of bananas)!
This is a really useful book which I've turned to for inspiration many times - never yet disappointed! My favourite recipes are the Ricotta Cheesecake, Cheesecake Brownies and the Carrot and Seed salad - Oh, and the chocolate chip cookies are brilliant too! As has been mentioned by others, the bright green cover is fab as it is easy to find in my bookcase. The recipes are straightforward, nicely presented and they work. Hoorah!
Sounds great. I'm going to check it out, pick out some recipes and get back to you!
I have the book! AndI tried the plain scones this morning. They were quite easy to pull together, but I think I would take Heidi's suggestion and weigh the ingredients instead of measuring in cups. But really, the scones were light and tender and were quickly disappearing when I last checked......:-)
I am so excited to start exploring this book, I received it last week and will keep you apprised of my creations...also planning on visiting Rose Bakery in Paris in April.
I just got this book. The photos alone were worth the purchase! My first foray into the book was to make the maple syrup scones. Mine turned out more like biscuits but the flavor was great. I am looking forward to trying other recipes this book has to offer.
some receipes turned out a bit weird - my shortbread melted into one huge mess on the tray, but some of them are delicious and the photos are so good that i do still really love this book and the pancake receipe has become by staple it is so delicious even though i never thought i'd be the kind of person who cooks pancakes from a receipe.
I'm late to this party. I got this book a month ago, and it was bed-time reading for a few nights. Love its sensibility and all the wonderful photos. And, it's making me more excited for my trip to Paris this spring. I have finally gotten around to cooking from it! Hooray! So far, I've tried the chickpea soup (high marks), and plan on trying the carrot salad and cheddar scones this weekend.
I just received my book yesterday! I am so excited, I just stopped in the middle of my workday to check it out and ended up reading for half an hour! I love the images in the book and I really like her approach to baking - not everything is absolute! I think this will be a baking weekend...
I just bought this after seeing people's reviews here. I spent the last few night reading through it, and really enjoyed it, and marked a bunch of recipes I want to try. I am making the celariac porcini soup as we speak...will post a review later. The photography is beautiful in this book as well. I really like the simple, fresh recipes, with much encouragement for the reader to improvise.
this is hands down one of the best! The recipes are sophisticated , easy and delicious! I have never had a complaint about this book , if I had the money and time I would cook from this daily. It is also really well done, looks great!