Francois de Melogue grew up in a traditional French household in Chicago, Illinois. He has more than 30 years of culinary experience that combines an in-depth knowledge of culinary history with his own signature French cooking style. He lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife, Lisa, and nine-year-old son, Beaumont, who is the family saucier.
"In his latest cookbook, Chef Francois invites you on a culinary journey well beyond the streets of Paris. Along the way, he demystifies myths about French cooking and eating habits. His humor sparkles throughout the pages as you discover the secrets behind a French pantry and wine pairing." --Carolyne Kauser-Abbott, founder, Perfectly Provence
"Francois is the perfect guide to mastering French cooking with a down-to-earth approach and lifelong passion for food that was nurtured at his mother's knee. Francois brings a modern touch to classic recipes with clear, understandable instructions and descriptions that demystify ingredients. With this book, you too can create delectable French food with a minimum of fuss and bother." --Inga Aksamit, author of The Hungry Spork outdoor cooking books
"Anything that has to do with learning, mastering, and executing classic French cooking is in this book. All the different parts of the kitchen are explained. Pantry, tools, spices, easy-to-understand recipes, and vibrant photos show the reader what success looks like. It's an important cookbook for both the novice and the experienced home chef. This is a cookbook that will be used every week." --Linda Kissam, International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association Freelance Press Trip Coordinator
"Francois de Melogue's joie de vivre beams off these pages to share with you accessible recipes that recreate French homemade staples that span from Paris to Provence. French Cooking for Beginners is perfect for those curious about the French way of life and wanting to travel on a gourmet trip to France via Francois' anecdotes and your kitchen." --Ashley Tinker, photographer and author of the CuriousProvence blog
"Nourished by his French and American origins, Francois issues emblematic recipes with humor and tenderness. He demystifies great French cuisine recipes with his truculent and inimitable style, and makes them accessible to all--distilling his know-how with simple words and practical tips. He teaches us how to cook with the heart." --Marie-Helene BERIOT, Remember Provence