Because I essentially read books for a living, finding time for pleasure reading is challenging. I’m lucky to get in 15 minutes a day. In between projects, I have a bit more time, and light books are best, so I don’t have to think too hard!
The latest book I chose was The Second-Worst Restaurant in France by Alexander McCall Smith. It’s the second in the Paul Stuart Series, the first being My Italian Bulldozer. Needing time to work on his current book on the philosophy of food, and thinking that a stay in a sleepy French village would be perfect, Paul is being constantly pulled into little dramas and adventures. After a bought of food poisoning, he finds himself drawn into the challenge of turning the restaurant into the Second-Best restaurant in France. One new dish that goes on the menu is Griotte Cherry Clafoutis. Griotte cherries are simply canned/jarred sour morello cherries, available at Trader Joe’s.
It doesn’t take much time or effort to create this delicious dessert, and having the jar of cherries in the pantry means it can be put together and baked in no time at all. I searched for different versions among my cookbooks, and they were all very similar, so I ended up using a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.
Simona is hosting this 38th event. Take a look at the other entries at Novel Food, where you will find a wonderful selection of books and recipes.