“Cooking is conversation, as a meal gathers values, tastes, rituals, and words that are passed on for generations and play an extremely important social role not only over holiday seasons.” From the French Woman’s Cooking Manifesto
From French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook:
With French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano wrote the ultimate non–diet book on how to enjoy food and stay slim, sparking a worldwide publishing phenomenon. Now, in her first-ever cookbook, she provides her millions of readers with the recipes that are the cornerstone of her philosophy—mouthwatering, simply prepared dishes that favor fresh, seasonal ingredients and yield high satisfaction.
Filled with stories from Mireille’s childhood in France, her life in Paris, Provence, and New York, and her extensive travels and meals for business and enjoyment, The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook is a beautiful, practical lifestyle guide to living well, eating wonderfully, and getting the most out of life with the least amount of stress.
Poached Eggs with Salmon and Spinach
1 teaspoon peeled and minced shallot
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 cups spinach
½ cup shaved fennel (about ½ small fennel bulb)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
Baguette for serving
In a small bowl, whisk together the shallot, lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil and season to taste. Place the spinach and fennel in a bowl, add the dressing, and toss well to combine. Set aside.
Fill a 10- to 12-inch skillet with 2½ inches water, add the vinegar, and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Break each egg into a small cup and add to the water one at a time. Cook the eggs until the whites are just set, about 1½ minutes. Carefully remove the eggs with a slotted spoon.
To serve, place one slice of salmon on each plate. Top with a portion of spinach salad and a poached egg. Season to taste and serve immediately with slices of a baguette.
• Mireille’s next book, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts: The Secret of Aging with Style and Attitude, will be published on January 7, 2014