Creme Brulee is the ultimate 'guy' dessert. Make it and he'll follow you anywhere.
You don't have to do everything from scratch. Nobody wants to make puff pastry!
The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It's a lot of work!
When I wrote 'Barefoot in Paris,' I wanted to make simple recipes that you could make at home that tasted like French classics.
I learned that the hardest party to pull off successfully is Saturday night dinner. This meal is expected to be elaborate: appetizers, first course, dinner, dessert, and coffee. People arrive at 7:30 or 8 p.m. and stay for hours - definitely past my bedtime - and they all go home exhausted.