Drinking French is Out!

I’m excited to announce that Drinking French: The iconic cocktails, apéritifs, and café traditions in France, with 160 recipes is out! My latest book features recipes for the iconic beverages of France, from café specialties hot chocolate, tisanes and infusions, and chilled chocolate frappés, to classic French apéritifs, recipes to make liqueurs, crèmes, wines, punches and cordials at home, as well as French-themed cocktails from…

Drinking French

I’m excited to announce that Drinking French: The iconic cocktails, apéritifs, and café traditions in France, with 160 recipes is out!

My latest book features recipes for the iconic beverages of France, from café specialties hot chocolate, tisanes and infusions, and chilled chocolate frappés, to classic French apéritifs, recipes to make liqueurs, crèmes, wines, punches and cordials at home, as well as French-themed cocktails from my favorite bars in Paris. To make sure you and your guests are properly fed, there’s a whole chapter of Snacks for apéro hour, such as a Terrine facile (an easy-to-make, meaty terrine), savory Cornmeal-Bacon Madeleines, bite-size Mushroom-Roquefort Tartlets, a recipe for Duck Rillettes as well as another for Chicken Rillettes (spread), one being quite rich, and the other for those who want to eat a little lighter. Or those who can’t get duck. (Writing the book, I thought of everything…and everyone.) And there’s a Kale Crespèu, a specialty of Provence which is perfect for summer with glasses of chilled rosé.

Drinking French starts out as a typical French morning does; at a café with a small shot of coffee or a more leisurely wake-up at home with a steaming bowl of Café au lait. Later in the day, people enjoy other café favorites, such as Citron pressé, Lemonade, Fresh Mint Tea, and if it’s the summer, to beat the heat, nothing beats a chilled Chocolate Frappé. For those needing a little more of a boost, there’s a Coffee Frappé, as well as one that uses one of the most popular liqueurs in France (which, interestingly, isn’t French), in case you want something cool and spirited. But there are dozens of recipes that don’t have any alcohol, making Drinking French enjoyable to all.

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Crepes Dentelle cookies (Gavottes)

These may be the best cookies in the world. Okay, they’re not really cookies, per se. At least not in the French sense. Les cookies refers to chocolate chip cookies and these ultra-thin, ultra-crisp, and ultra-buttery tasting crêpes dentelles are so different, yet so good, you’ll find yourself eating your way through several of them in no time. To prove that point, as a courtesy, the…

These may be the best cookies in the world. Okay, they’re not really cookies, per se. At least not in the French sense. Les cookies refers to chocolate chip cookies and these ultra-thin, ultra-crisp, and ultra-buttery tasting crêpes dentelles are so different, yet so good, you’ll find yourself eating your way through several of them in no time. To prove that point, as a courtesy, the company that makes them places two crêpe dentelles in each shimmering foil packet because they know that it’s impossible to eat just one.

The other great thing about these cookies (let’s just go with that, in English), is that you can pick up a box in any French supermarket, yet the cookies are grand and elegant enough so that restaurants in France have no problem serving store-bought cookies to customers. At least I’ve never heard any complaints. French grandparents and others are known to crumble cookies over a dish or bowl of ice cream to dress it up at home. (For the record, I like to think that I still fall into the “others” category – even though a young man offered me his seat on the métro the other day.)

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The Making of Drinking French

A few years ago, after My Paris Kitchen came out, I began thinking about what I’d write about next. Whenever you have a book come out, the most common question is, “What’s your next book?” Sometimes you already have an idea, but other times, it’s nice to sit back and enjoy what you’ve written. I was happy that people took to that book so much,…

A few years ago, after My Paris Kitchen came out, I began thinking about what I’d write about next. Whenever you have a book come out, the most common question is, “What’s your next book?” Sometimes you already have an idea, but other times, it’s nice to sit back and enjoy what you’ve written. I was happy that people took to that book so much, and after a respite, I started thinking about what to write about next.

Because I was asked about it so much, I decided that telling the story of my apartment renovation would make an interesting book, which turned out to be true, knowing that people would be surprised at what a comedy of errors it turned out to be.

But another subject I found myself becoming more and more interested in was the culture and traditions of French drinkings, and the drinks themselves. I submitted both proposals at once, nearly six years ago, in a two-book arrangement with my publisher, deciding to tackle the renovation story first while it was still fresh in my mind and take on French drinks when I was done. That ended up being a good thing…because I needed a drink after reliving L’Appart…and from what many of you have told me after reading it, so did you!

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Things to do in Paris at Christmas

Hello all, Emily here. There seems to be more and more Christmas activities that are planned in Paris each year, so David asked me to put together a selection of my family’s favorites.  Our tree is already up and wherever you are in the world – we’re wishing you a happy holiday season! Things to do in Paris at Christmas Without the celebration (and decorations)…

Hello all, Emily here. There seems to be more and more Christmas activities that are planned in Paris each year, so David asked me to put together a selection of my family’s favorites.  Our tree is already up and wherever you are in the world – we’re wishing you a happy holiday season!

Things to do in Paris at Christmas

Without the celebration (and decorations) of Halloween or Thanksgiving in Paris, it is easy to forget the rapid approach of Christmas in France. Decorations don’t tend to go up as in Paris, as they do elsewhere, but when they do arrive, it’s often overnight, and with style. By December 1st, you’ll never be far away from a vendor selling fresh, pine-scented Christmas trees. Wine shops, épicieries (specialty food stores), butchers, and pâtisseries are filled with champagne, gibiers (game), foie gras, macarons, chocolates, and marron glacés (candied chestnuts), as locals stock up for the feasts ahead.

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Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate.

True story: I will never turn down a mug of peanut butter hot chocolate. Especially with peanut butter whipped cream! It’s only the best combination in the world, you know? Sure there are others that I frequently mention, like bread and butter, or cheese and olives, almond butter and strawberry jam. But I don’t think […]

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True story: I will never turn down a mug of peanut butter hot chocolate.

This salted peanut butter hot chocolate is a hug in a mug! It's super decadent, indulgent and cozy. Everyone's favorite flavors in one drink!

Especially with peanut butter whipped cream!

It’s only the best combination in the world, you know?

Sure there are others that I frequently mention, like bread and butter, or cheese and olives, almond butter and strawberry jam.

But I don’t think many people will argue that peanut butter + chocolate is THEEEE flavor combo. 

hot chocolate ready to make

Last week I was devastated to learn that City Bakery in NYC closed. They have the most indulgent, rich hot chocolate – one that you have maybe once a year because it’s so decadent. It’s a hot chocolate that I think about all the time.

This isn’t exactly that, but it’s definitely hot CHOCOLATE. High-quality chocolate swirled into hot milk until melted and thick. OMG. I want a mug of it right now.

hot chocolate with marshmallows

I obviously didn’t know the difference between hot cocoa and hot chocolate when I was a kid. (Or, frankly, in 2009 when I made a recipe called salted hot chocolate and used cocoa powder! Whomp whomp. I hate myself.)

At our house, we were a hot cocoa family – my mom would buy the boxes with single serving packets and we loved them. 

But I distinctly remember sled riding with a friend at her grandma’s house, and her grandma making us hot chocolate on the stovetop. !!!!!

It.was.insane.

So chocolatey! So delicious! It was like dessert in a glass. 

peanut butter whipped cream

That’s what we have here. Chocolate melted into milk with creamy peanut butter and flaked sea salt. This recipe has both chocolate AND cocoa powder, so it’s doing double duty and it makes a mug extra flavorful. 

This salted peanut butter hot chocolate is a hug in a mug! It's super decadent, indulgent and cozy. Everyone's favorite flavors in one drink!

And it’s topped with a peanut butter whipped cream, which is unsweetened so it cuts the richness of the hot chocolate perfectly.

Oh and a shower of flaked sea salt rains down on top too!

This salted peanut butter hot chocolate is a hug in a mug! It's super decadent, indulgent and cozy. Everyone's favorite flavors in one drink!

This kind of reminds me of my favorite slow cooker coconut hot chocolate, which is so decadent that you can freeze it and make a pudding-like dessert out of the leftovers. It’s like bonus hot chocolate.

And everything I want to drink on a chilly night!

This salted peanut butter hot chocolate is a hug in a mug! It's super decadent, indulgent and cozy. Everyone's favorite flavors in one drink!

Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

This salted peanut butter hot chocolate is a hug in a mug! It’s super decadent, indulgent and cozy. Everyone’s favorite flavors in one drink!

  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups milk ((whole or coconut milk makes it the creamiest!))
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream or coconut milk/cream ((for dairy free))
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 8 ounces high-quality dark chocolate, (chopped)
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ teaspoon flaked sea salt, (plus more for topping)
  • mini marshmallows, (for serving)

peanut butter whipped cream

  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  1. Place the water, milk and cream in a saucepan over low heat. Heat until the mixture is just warm and bubbles appear around the edges. Whisk in the sugar and cocoa until they dissolve. Stir in the chocolate and peanut butter with a wooden spoon, stirring often and cooking until both are fully melted. Stir in the sea salt.
  2. Once melted, divide the hot chocolate between mugs. Top with the whipped cream and mini marshmallows. Sprinkle on more flaked sea salt.

peanut butter whipped cream

  1. Place the cold cream in a bowl of your electric mixer. Add the peanut butter and beat the mixture on medium to high speed, until peaks form. Scoop the whipped cream into the hot chocolate!
  2. Note: I do not add any extra sugar to this whipped cream. The hot chocolate is already very sweet, so this cuts it nicely.

This salted peanut butter hot chocolate is a hug in a mug! It's super decadent, indulgent and cozy. Everyone's favorite flavors in one drink!

Might just curl up and nap on that whipped cream pile.

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