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Duchess at Home

A cookbook by pastry chef Giselle Courteau.

Giselle Courteau

In Duchess at Home — a beautiful new cookbook from the founder of Duchess Bake Shop — Giselle Courteau draws on her French and French Canadian heritage to share the food she loves to make most for her family at home. Warming soups and stews, hearty breads, and flavourful preserves fill the pages of this beautiful volume — plus, of course, plenty of recipes for her delicious sweets and desserts — from tourtière to tarte au fraises, and everything in between. With chapters for breakfast and lunch, French favourites and Quebecois cuisine, dishes for Christmas and special occasions, and even recipes inspired by the produce in Giselle's own garden, this is a cookbook that you'll turn to for inspiration all year long.

Every recipe is quadruple tested, and completely achievable for home cooks. Even crafting a croquembouche becomes attainable with Giselle's careful step-by-step instructions, process photos and templates! Cooks and bakers everywhere will enjoy cooking their way through every one of these 75 mouthwatering French-inspired recipes. With its thoughtful writing, stunning photography and design, and classic, fail-proof recipes, Duchess at Home welcomes you home to Giselle's kitchen — and is sure to become a mainstay in yours for many years to come. (From Appetite by Random House)

From the book

If somebody had told me 25 years ago that my life would be what it is now, I wouldn't have believed them. Baking has always been with me, but never would I have imagined that it would become my career and life's work.

As a teenager, I didn't excel at anything specific and my grades at school weren't great, but I did know what made me happy — it was the time I spent at home, baking. I cherished my mother's copy of Company's Coming Desserts and looked forward to the holidays when I would be helping her make treats. I thought of becoming a pastry chef, but was encouraged to go to university instead. Yet even after several years of study, I was still really only thinking about pastries — and slowly but surely, my skills and confidence in the kitchen were improving.


From Duchess at Home by Giselle Courteau ©2019. Published by Appetite by Random House.

Interviews with Giselle Courteau

How to make Spanish-style baked eggs

CBC News Edmonton

2 years agoVideo
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Founder of Duchess Bake Shop, Giselle Courteau took inspiration from a salad for her Spanish style baked eggs. 3:56

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