Potage Parmentier - Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Leek & Potato Soup - Julia Child


Julie & Julia movie is officially opening today. That will certainly bring renewed interest in the life of Julia Child and in her cookbooks and shows. That does for me. I'm going to see the movie and fI have been reading her books since couple weeks.

I've always liked Julia's cooking style. Her recipes are so well written and mouthwatering. They are detailed in the extreme. I've never cooked from Mastering the Art of French Cooking until a couple weeks ago. I asked on Twitter is anyone was up to the challenge and did get couple replies. We have been cooking recipes from the book and we do blog and tweet about it on Fridays. What I learned from cooking with Julia is that the dishes that you prepare are tasty, they are laborious and I learn something new each experience. If you want to be successful with Julia's recipes read the recipes through from start to finish before beginning.

This week I made Potage Parmentier - (Leek & Potato Potage). Julia did not let me down. The potage was flavorful.

Julia's Quotes:


"Dining with one's friends and beloved family is certainly one of life's primal and most innocent delights, one that is both soul-satisfying and eternal."


"Non-cooks think it's silly to invest two hours' work in two minutes' enjoyment; but if cooking is evanescent, so is the ballet."


See what other bloggers are cooking:


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Cherry Clafoutis at Living in the Kitchen with Puppies


Boeuf Bourguignon (Beef Stew in Red Wine) at Nose to Tail at Home

Blueberry Clafouti at Foodie Tots

Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée & Quiche Lorraine (French Onion Soup & Quiche Lorraine) at Gratinée

Suprêmes de volaille à brun (Chicken Breasts Sautéed in Butter) at Amanda's Cooking

Oeufs en Cocotte aux Fines Herbes (Eggs Baked in Ramekins with Herbs) at Amanda's Cooking

Poulet poêlé à l'estragon (Casserole-Roasted Chicken) at Kitchen Musings

Recipe:
Potage Parmentier

Oeufs à la Bourguignonne at Confessions of a Cardamom Addict


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  1. Looks and sounds delicious. I love your photo as well.

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  2. Sounds wonderful and such a pretty picture too!

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  3. Your soup is gorgeous. Very beautiful presentation.

    You definitely learn something every time you prepare Julia's recipes. Looks like some great recipes others are preparing also.

    I can't wait to see the movie. I read the Julie and Julia book and have also read a lot about Julia Child.
    Sam

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  4. After reading your tweet, I started to reread her books. They really are well written and user friendly. (I had forgotten.) I eyed a few recipes and once we are in a rhythm, the omelette with tomatoes and cheese are mine.

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  5. Simple and delicious! Just realised the movie will only be out in Sept here in the UK! argh!

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  6. Oh la la, everyone seem to post some of julia recipes, is there any event going on?

    Anyway, I agree with you on that reading the recipe before jump in the kitchen. In general, that's what I do to most of my cooking/baking when it is new to me.

    Got 3 of her books, and love them all. She is a legend!

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  7. What a beautiful soup! I've never cooked from Julia Child's cookbook, but very interested now, and definitely looking forward to seeing the movie!

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  8. Very elegant, Helene!!! I am off to the book store to look for her books now!!!

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  9. Now I have to go see that movie since everyone is talking about it! I don't have any Julia Childs cookbooks but I will follow your recipes! Je veux de la soupe!!!

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  10. Your potage looks perfectly pureed! Lovely texture and color. It looks delicious.

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  11. fabulous presentation of a wonderful soup, helene! julia would be proud. :)

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  12. I love her quotes - and they're so true! So many things that we love require a lot of hard work for a little enjoyment but I suppose that's what makes them so special!

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  13. What a delicious potage! So creamy and smooth. I love Julia's second quote you have here. We are always joking in my house about how long it takes to cook things and how quick it is to eat it up.

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  14. Your soup sounds wonderful. I love coming here to see all the Julia recipes everyone is making!!

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  15. it looks delicious! gorgeous yellow bowl..

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  16. Hee, I love the overly detailed, so I'm sure I'll love Julia Child :) Such an elegant and simple, but delicious soup! :)

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  17. Leeks and potatoes are one of the best combinations. Your picture is perfect.

    Too hot for soup here, I'll save it for later.

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  18. A delightful soup! I love the look of your blog!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  19. I have yet to see the movie but I read the book a few years ago. As I recall wasn't this the soup that started her journey? Mastering the Art of French Cooking was the first cookbook I ever bought myself, I think I was 19 or 20. The spine is torn, some pages stuck together, it looks like it's been through a war but this is the book that taught me how to cook.

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  20. I made her Casserole roasted chicken with tarragon. And you are so right, if I have read the recipe properly I would not have had the near breakdown when my chicken overcooked. It was still very tasty though.

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  21. Nice soup, love the simplicity of it. Great picture!

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  22. New look is lovely Helene..:)..n the dish looks so aesthetically gorgeous..:)

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  23. what beautiful potage. i can't wait to catch that film too. :)

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  24. I think you have a lovely blog, and the idea of making a recipe from "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and posting about it every Friday is genius!

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  25. Your soup looks and sounds wonderful! BTW I love the new look for your blog!!

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  26. I saw the movie over the weekend. I definitely loved the Julia Child story line. Great soup!

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  27. It is a little cooler today Helene so soup would hut the spot after the heat wave we both had. Enjoy your camping trip:D

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  28. Mmm this soup looks delicious. I've never made a Julia Child recipe before.

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  29. This is a great soup! And I think Julia is right and to add on to that thought: so many of us simply love those two hours it takes to prepare something. That is a huge part of the enjoyment!

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  30. vat a perfect soup for the summer.. i must try this soup for the weekends. my husband is a soup addict.. hehe. thanx for sharing!
    cheers!!

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  31. Helene, the soup looks so good. I'm curious about what you've used to garnish the soup. A foreign herb (?) to me.

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  32. So delicious. I made this from the LeCordonBleuatHome book we use at Whisk and loved it...I will need to go soon and try Julia's and see how they are similar. You make it all look so yummy!

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  33. Hi Helene, I have finally watched Julie & Julia last friday. I had so much laugh in the cinema. Even my hubby says he has to make the Beef Bourguignon for us as he claimed it's his signature dish.

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  34. This is on my list to make; I hope my version looks as delicious as yours! Julia has such a revolutionary way of preparing food; even though I've eaten onions and mushrooms many times over, they tasted wholly different when I prepared them according to her instructions.

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