A rectangular metal cake pan with a large amount of pistachio buttercream frosting, swirled with a knife laying across it.

Pistachio Buttercream Frosting

An exquisitely flavored and heavenly textured frosting–light, silky, buttery, and full of pistachio nuttiness. Perfection on a cake. Or a spoon.

A spoon lifting a scoop of dessert from a double chocolate pots de creme.

Double Chocolate Pots de Creme

Luxury is two kinds of chocolate. One is a soft, cool custard; the other is dark, warm, and smooth. Rich and creamy, they’re exquisite.

An apricot tart with high sides and a crumble topping, sitting on a metal cookie sheet.

Apricot Tart

Sweet but not too sweet, this simple summer dessert is essentially the French take on fruit crumble. Mon Dieu, we love the French.

Various filled puff pastry twists lying on a sheet of parchment paper.

Comté and Sesame Twists

The utterly French taste and sumptuousness of these fancy bébés will make every day feel like you’re walking along the Seine wearing a beret.

A cherry clafouti in a red dish with cherry dish towels

Cherry Clafouti

A simple, old-style French dessert that’s as easy to toss together as it is to tie a scarf.

A person drizzling sauce over a steak au poivre on a white plate with sweet potato fries.

Steak au Poivre

Julia Child updated the French classic with mixed peppercorns and allspice to lend a little intrigue. A surprisingly quick yet altogether swoon-worthy weeknight dinner.

A torn croissant on a plate with more croissants on a rimmed baking sheet in the background.

Flaky Croissants

When you open the oven to these obscenely buttery, flaky croissants, you’ll be relieved you didn’t settle for what’s in the grocery-store freezer case. Trust us.

A dish of classic Hollandaise sauce on a white plate with a whisk resting on the dish.

Classic Hollandaise Sauce

Some things are so simple as to seem almost plain—until you taste them. Hollandaise is one such perfectly simple staple.

A square cast iron skillet filled with sliced fried skillet potatoes for 2 on a grey oval metal platter.

Skillet Potatoes for Two

A swift stovetop version of classic pommes Anna, these sliced spuds are swaddled in butter, garlic, and Julia Child’s enthusiastic approval.

Two white plates of frisée with bacon and egg, croutons, and a dressing, glasses and fork and knife nearby

Frisée with Bacon and Egg

Take a cue from Paris bistros and make this a menu staple. Bitter greens. Classic vinaigrette. Homemade croutons. Crisped bacon. Hard-boiled eggs. Simple yet superbly satiating.