I’ve had The Bonne Femme Cookbook checked out from the library for a few weeks, and my own copy arrived from the bookstore just this morning 🙂 🙂 🙂 It’s a lovely book, and I anticipate using it a lot. I’ve already tried out her Silky and Light Potato Soup recipe, and although I’ve made many similar recipes over the years, I think that her version is one of the very best. And now that I’m not worried about getting a bit of “cooking wear” on the book, I’ll be trying out many more. Not that there’s a dearth of French cookbooks in this house LOL – but her recipes look to be well written and clearly defined.
And yes, I share your reluctance to take the word of anyone who hasn’t actually used a cookbook that they’re recommending, although I do welcome comments about the lay-out and the types of topics covered in the book, of course. And there’s always the proviso that while I have a lot of cookbooks, many of them are more for inspiration than for exact recipes – often I’ll see a recipe, think about it, and keep some of its elements in mind while I “do my own thing” at the stove 😉
I’m still waiting for Sally Asher’s book to be available in North America, but in the meantime I’ve read considerably at her blog and printed off a few of the articles. I’ll look forward to hearing more from you about the book itself.