Plats du Jour
the girl & the fig's Journey Through
the Seasons in Wine Country
Recipe Development by John Toulze
Photography by Steven Krause
Brooklyn Studio West
Styling & Production by Lauren Benward Krause
Brooklyn Studio West
Laura Holmes Haddad
Plats du Jour really is a journey through the seasons with over 125 full color photographs and over 100 wine country recipes. These are restaurant recipes that have been tailored for the home cook with easy ingredient substitutions, wine pairings and cheese platter suggestions and more.
Since the publication of the first book in 2004, different aspects in the girl & the fig world have evolved. One of the changes we’ve introduced is the concept of Plats du Jour, a set weekly menu that includes a starter, main course, and dessert or cheese course. We began the “Plats du Jour” concept as an innovative way to offer our guests a great value utilizing the best of the season. Plats du jour is a very traditional concept in France dating back to the 1800’s when restaurants served only one meal each day. (It literally means “plate of the day.”) Each year we work to create 52 new, three-course seasonal menus to show off the best of what’s available in Sonoma County at that time. In the girl & the fig Plats du Jour we’ve distilled those down into a more manageable 28 menus for the home cook.
As I often say, the Plats du Jour menus are an ingredient tour through the year. The 28 three-course menus are arranged by season, and include a cheese pairing for each menu. While we’ve created set menus, there is plenty of opportunity for creativity. You can mix and match the recipes from various menus according to your taste. The menus simply give you a chance to plan ahead for a dinner party or family gathering. All of the recipes serve six people, allowing for a weekend dinner party or a weekday dinner with a day or two of delicious leftovers. This stays true to my philosophy that friends and family should gather over a great meal!
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: the girl & the fig, LLC (Dec, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
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