French Desserts – Hillary Davis Orange Madeleines and #giveaway

French Desserts Cover

Photograph by Steven Rothfeld from French Desserts by Hillary Davis, reprinted by permission of Gibbs Smith


Hillary Davis has done it again – another gorgeous cookbook spilling over with delectable recipes in her new title, French Desserts. This may be my new favorite from her collection. It’s dessert, people!

Gorgeous photographs, wonderful instructions and unique and exciting recipes that will make any level of baker content are contained within the pages of French Desserts. The book itself is striking from its eye-catching cover of the Giant Break-and-Share Cookie, to the photographs of the vibrant French country side and city markets; it will make you long for a trip across the ocean.

Hélène’s Grandmother’s Rice Pudding Cake Bathed in Caramel, Pumpkin Seed Tuiles, Grand Marnier Mousse, and a stunning Fresh and Dried Fruit Salad in Sweet Basil Syrup are examples of a few of innovative recipes from this title. There are some classics shared as well such as Breton Butter Cookies and Chocolate Sables.

Last Saturday, I made the Orange Madeleines with Orange Glaze. They truly are magical because they disappeared. My husband ate half of them, my son at least four and I had two of the delicious little cakes on Saturday (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it). I wanted to behave and have one – but it’s like that cake on the counter – every time you walk by you cut off a sliver. Every time I walked by I snuck a nibble (I walked by a great deal that day). There were a few left when I went up to bed and the next morning – the goblins had eaten them. The madeleines were easy to make and foolproof with Hillary’s great instructions. I’ll be making them again this weekend – they were that good.

Special thanks to Gibbs Smith for allowing me to share this recipe with you. The file can be downloaded here.


Photo by Jenny Hartin

These madeleines are just beautiful if I do say so myself — I was quite proud of how they came out – and Hillary’s great instructions are to thank for that.


Photo by Jenny Hartin

GIVEAWAY:  Gibbs Smith would like one of you to have a copy of French Desserts. The giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling me if you have ever made madeleines before. If you share this post on Facebook or Twitter, leave a second comment telling me you did so. You may return daily to leave one additional comment for more entries. A random winner will be chosen on September 18th.

Thank you to Gibbs Smith and Hillary for providing me a copy of this wonderful book, and to Hillary for kindly mentioning me in the acknowledgements.

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Jacques Pepin Poulets & Legumes Giveaway



If there is someone on par with the greatness of Julia Child, it would be Jacques Pepin. I’m in the process of writing about his book, Heart and Soul in the Kitchen, a fabulous title that I have been cooking from since it came out last year.

Recently, I purchased his exclusive title for Sur la Table, Poulets & Legumes for myself and have another one to offer to one of you. This book is a collection of Pepin’s favorite chicken and vegetable recipes and was issued in correlation with his gorgeous line of products at Sur la Table. I want them all but settled for the book and the Staub pot topper. Who says I don’t have restraint?

GIVEAWAY: This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. To enter please leave a comment telling me your favorite Pepin recipe. (You may return daily to enter by leaving another comment.) A random winner will be chosen on September 10th. Good luck!



Mockmill – Special Discount for The Cookbook Junkies

After reviewing books like Savor and Oh She Glows Every Day, I have decided that I want to try to incorporate more whole grains in our meals. I have serious auto immune illnesses, Andrew has his diagnoses and I can’t help but think that milling our own grains, beans and spices would be better for our whole family.

I’ve heard incredible things about the Mockmill, a mill that attaches to your Kitchen Aid (and other mixer brands) that isn’t overly expensive and takes minimal space in your kitchen. I have researched various mills and they can range from $500 to $2000.

The benefits of milling your own grains, beans and spices are many — some of which is cost savings, convenience and the product you mill in your own home is fresher than anything you can order.

A Mockmill has been ordered and is on its way but after talking to one of the partners of this great company – I wanted to offer you a chance to save $80.00 off an exclusive package — the mill, grains and a cookbook (details in the flyer) and link to promotion here. (The shop link in the flyer below doesn’t work). Total cost being $179 including shipping. I will be posting a great deal more about this product as I use it and experiment with different grains but as this offer expires soon – August 31st, 2016 – I wanted to get a quick post off about it.

I am incredibly excited about this product and I hope you will take advantage of this great savings. Follow the information below to the site and use the code “CookbookJunkies” at the end of the checkout process.




Using this link only shows Mockmill how many Cookbook Junkie members order the mill. It does not benefit me in the least – I am just really excited about this product and hope you will be too.