Podcast: Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan | author | Around My French Table

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The hardest part of interviewing the always-charming Dorie Greenspan is, well, connecting with her when we’re both on the same continent. Dorie, as most of you know, is one of those infernally blessed people who get to split her time between Paris and New York (with frequent sojourns to Connecticut). And it’s this bifurcated life that gave rise to her latest book, Around My French Table. It’s a personal chronicle of the recipes, foods, and dishes she cooks and serves chez Dorie.

What’s so refreshing about Around My French Table is that it slips out of the handcuffs of tradition and often gives needed CPR to staid dishes. Dorie’s not afraid to wrestle French classics to the ground, pin them, and have her way. But never in a bullying manner–that’s so un-Dorie. Instead, she enhances them, often lightening them, but always interpreting them with just the slightest American accent. Case in point: Almond Flounder Meunière. It reminds me of that old Osmond ditty, “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock and Roll.” The dish is the love child of sole amandine and sole meunière. Flounder (in place of the classic but shamefully expensive sole) is coated with almonds like the former and then cooked in brown butter, like the latter. Simple, easy, and accessible.

Dorie also enjoys taking supermarket ingredients and making them devilishly “stylish and haute.” Take her Cinnamon-Crunch Chicken. It’s little more than a chic version of the American standard of chicken breasts in a cream sauce. Her twist is to use crème frâiche and to stir in crushed speculoos (AKA cinnamon spice biscuits). It’s one of those I-wish-I-had-thought-of-it-first recipes.

During our conversation, we cover a lot of ground–everything from my confession of my long-held feelings (Dorie is my culinary crush), to life as a true jet setter, to what prompted her to write such a personal book, and how Around My French Table nicely bookends her previous work, Baking: From My Home to YoursTake a listen.

Around My French Table Recipes

Almond Flounder Meunière
Cauliflower-Bacon Gratin
Cinnamon Crunch Chicken

Have a question for Dorie about Around My French Table? Or want to leave her a message? You know what to do below.

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  1. Mary says:

    I really enjoyed listening to this interview–I had never heard Dorie’s voice before, but am so familiar with her writing. I have 3 of her cookbooks: Baking with Julia, Baking from my Home to Yours, and Around my French Table. I use all 3 often, and am a member of Tuesdays with Dorie and of French Fridays with Dorie. Now to decide what to make next…

  2. Lan says:

    Thanks for sharing this interview! I enjoyed listening to it and learned a lot from it.

  3. SMITH BITES says:

    Two of my favorite people in one place and we get to hear you both–this has been a real treat! I already have Dorie’s book, and I cannot wait to begin cooking from it. David, you really do need your own TV show but in the meantime, I’m happy to come here!

    • David Leite says:

      Smith Bites, thank you for the kind words. If only the Food Network or PBS were listening?!

  4. Joyce Hanson says:

    What a cozy conversation to listen in on as I drink my Sunday morning coffee. I enjoyed the little story about Daniel Boulud looking forward to his dinner of hachis Parmentier–which led me to the website French Fridays with Dorie. David, I can see why she’s your culinary crush!

  5. Bijouxs says:

    Thank you for your wonderful interview with Dorie. I feel such an affinity for Dorie–we both began our journey with food as young brides loving all things French. She inspires me as I begin telling my own story at Bijouxs–little jewels from the kitchen. Thank you again.

    • David Leite says:

      Bijouxs, thanks for the kind words. Dorie is a very special person to me, too. She was the very first person I spoke to when I became a food writer. She was lovely then, is lovely now.

  6. colleen guidone says:

    Hearing this interview was like getting to know you both, Dorrie is the neighbor of a coworker of mine here in CT,and I have through him recieved many Dorrie stories. My Daughter is a French lecturer at the University of IL@Chicago and has inspired my French cooking talents-your interview makes me remember we are all just people who love to cook without the snobbery.Thank you for a wonderful site!

  7. Bunny Terry says:

    Ah. . . Dorie Greenspan. Love her new book, love her recipes, love her. Found your blog googling her, so now will have to get better acquainted with you. Can’t wait!

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