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A Kitchen In France

A Kitchen In France

Many an American, myself included fantasizes about packing up and moving to France. Sometimes I envision a chic cosmopolitan life in the heart of Paris. Enjoying the art, the architecture, the history, shopping, dinning out in fine restaurants, sipping a glass of wine in a cafe. Sometimes I picture life in a charming little town. Soaking up the culture, the traditions, getting to know my neighbors, shopping at the market, enjoying the local foods grown or produced right down the road from my home, cooking a perfect French dinner in my own kitchen. Most of us probably aren’t going to leave our current lives and start over in France, and that’s ok. Yet, we might be able to live this fantasy life, a little bit, if vicariously with the help of Mimi Thornson’s new cookbook A Kitchen In France. At least most certainly, we will be able to cook a perfect French dinner in our own kitchens, by the time we’re done reading. This much anticipated cookbook was released quite a number of months ago, so this review might seem a little bit late. I’ve been intending to write for a while now, but have found myself entirely too busy actually cooking from A Kitchen In France to write about it. Let’s be honest, that isn’t always the case with a much hyped product or book. Publicity does not necessarily equal quality; but this is one of the cases where what’s promised gets delivered. A Kitchen In France is full of first and foremost, delightful recipes. They are well written, easy to follow, and most importantly delicious. Roast Chicken with Crème Fraîche and Herbs has already become a new and often requested favorite of my oldest son. And the Cannelés de Bordeaux, irresistible. In case you were wondering Cannelés de Bordeaux are a lovely little confection with a caramelized exterior and a softer almost custardy interior. (Where have we seen the caramelized exterior, soft interior combo before? Oh yes, Kouign-Amann. You really can’t deny the French have a way with sweets.) They sort of resemble a mini bundt cake, but there the resemblance ends. I must admit you feel très French when eating them. In addition to the wonderful recipes, A Kitchen In France, is filled with short, but fun little stories of the Thorisson’s life, and stunning photos taken by Mimi’s husband Oddur. The photos really capture the magic of life in Médoc France, and of course the magic in Mimi’s kitchen. Between the recipes, the stories, and the photos, you might just feel you really have been whisked away to France. By the way if you check out the cookbook and want more Mimi be sure to check out her equally lovely blog Manger. Though I love and highly recommend this cookbook, I would be amiss if I didn’t mention two things. The first, is that Thorisson is clearly an accomplished cook, those newer to cooking might find themselves a somewhat intimidated by some of the recipes in A Kitchen In France. I would argue that overall the recipes are written for someone who is already fairly comfortable in the kitchen and has mastered basic cooking techniques. On the other hand some of the recipes, such as the Roast Chicken with Crème Fraîche and Herbs I mentioned before are not too difficult, so don’t be scared away to easily! The second thing, is that some of the recipes call for ingredients that may be difficult to find depending on where you live. I live in the Denver area, and I can find most of the ingredients called for, or a reasonable substitute, but they can be expensive. There is the occasional ingredient called for I’m pretty sure I’m not going to find out here, such as black locust flowers. Though they sound fairly rare in France too. Again I don’t think you should let that scare you away from the cookbook, but it does seem important to mention. So, if you too have every fantasized about living in France, or maybe just mastering a few perfect French dishes in your own kitchen I can’t recommend A Kitchen In France enough. I received a free review copy of A Kitchen In France, from Blogging For Books in exchange for a fair and honest review of the book. All opinions expressed here are my own. The link included for A Kitchen In France is an affiliate link. I will receive a small percentage of the sale should you choose to purchase after following the link. I appreciate your monetary support of Feed Me I’m Hungry. Related
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A Kitchen In France

Pressestimmen “A Kitchen in France…encourages us to cook together and share good food and wine with people we love.” –The Wall Street Journal “This highly personal and friendly book encourages readers to really appreciate ingredients, and time spent in the kitchen and at the table.” –Cherry Bombe“Equally enthralling as her recipes is Thorisson’s seemingly effortless conjuring of a rustic dream life, often exquisitely illustrated by her husband’s photography…”—Vogue“If you’ve ever read Mimi Thorisson’s blog, Manger, you know what it is to envy her life, full of long walks through the French countryside with her children and seeming endless brigade of dogs, which end at home with bushels full of produce that she effortlessly turns into feasts, all cassoulets and tarts and roasts and good wine to wash it all down. But if you’re going to buy one aspirational cookbook this fall, it’s Mimi’s—because you’ll actually take on many of her recipes, and absorb a bit of her style of entertaining in the process.” —Food52.com“Mimi Thorisson’s picture-perfect life would almost be too idyllic to bear if she weren’t so generous: This lovely home cook willingly shares culinary secrets in her popular blog of two and a half years, Manger, along with a host of classic French recipes in a brand-new cookbook, A Kitchen in France. She leads her life with enviable style, from mothering seven children and wrangling the family’s 14 dogs to elegantly serving up a cognac-infused coq au vin.”—InStyle”You’ll want to live in Mimi Thorisson’s A Kitchen In France. The beautifully shot book includes decadent dishes such as butternut squash gratin and crepes with salted-butter caramel.”—Self “In this warm and inviting collection, Thorisson…brings readers into her farmhouse in Médoc… hile the appeal of this collection rests firmly on its recipes, the incredible photographs capture life in the French countryside. Sidebars on everything from dried grapevines and wine to garlic and visits to the butcher add little details that transport the reader to this bucolic, idyllic world where Thorisson is the perfect host.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review “No slave to received wisdom, Thorisson has tinkered with outstanding seasonal meats, vegetables, and fruits to generate a very personal sort of cuisine, which she now shares with her devotees.”—Booklist“Mimi Thorisson’s gorgeous new book, A Kitchen in France, is a charming window into an idyllic life in Médoc. While we can’t all live in a beautiful farmhouse surrounded by lush woods, handsome children, and inquisitive terriers, at least we can now re-create at home our own slice of heaven with Mimi’s delectable cherry clafoutis.”—April Bloomfield, author of A Girl and Her Pig “Mimi’s book is an enchanting look at French-style country cooking, and it will make you run to the stove to re-create the delicious traditions it celebrates.” —Clotilde Dusoulier, author of The French Market Cookbook Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende MIMI THORISSON is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking that was named Saveur’s Best Regional Food Blog in April 2013. After a career in television and having lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik, and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, their five young children, her two older stepchildren, and the family’s fourteen dogs in a farmhouse in Médoc. She is the star of the cooking shows La Table de Mimi and the upcoming Les Desserts de Mimi, both on Canal+ in France.
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A Kitchen In France

“A Kitchen in France…encourages us to cook together and share good food and wine with people we love.” –The Wall Street Journal “This highly personal and friendly book encourages readers to really appreciate ingredients, and time spent in the kitchen and at the table.” –Cherry Bombe“Equally enthralling as her recipes is Thorisson’s seemingly effortless conjuring of a rustic dream life, often exquisitely illustrated by her husband’s photography…”—Vogue“If you’ve ever read Mimi Thorisson’s blog, Manger, you know what it is to envy her life, full of long walks through the French countryside with her children and seeming endless brigade of dogs, which end at home with bushels full of produce that she effortlessly turns into feasts, all cassoulets and tarts and roasts and good wine to wash it all down. But if you’re going to buy one aspirational cookbook this fall, it’s Mimi’s—because you’ll actually take on many of her recipes, and absorb a bit of her style of entertaining in the process.” —Food52.com“Mimi Thorisson’s picture-perfect life would almost be too idyllic to bear if she weren’t so generous: This lovely home cook willingly shares culinary secrets in her popular blog of two and a half years, Manger, along with a host of classic French recipes in a brand-new cookbook, A Kitchen in France. She leads her life with enviable style, from mothering seven children and wrangling the family’s 14 dogs to elegantly serving up a cognac-infused coq au vin.”—InStyle“You’ll want to live in Mimi Thorisson’s A Kitchen In France. The beautifully shot book includes decadent dishes such as butternut squash gratin and crepes with salted-butter caramel.”—Self “In this warm and inviting collection, Thorisson…brings readers into her farmhouse in Médoc… hile the appeal of this collection rests firmly on its recipes, the incredible photographs capture life in the French countryside. Sidebars on everything from dried grapevines and wine to garlic and visits to the butcher add little details that transport the reader to this bucolic, idyllic world where Thorisson is the perfect host.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review “No slave to received wisdom, Thorisson has tinkered with outstanding seasonal meats, vegetables, and fruits to generate a very personal sort of cuisine, which she now shares with her devotees.”—Booklist“Mimi Thorisson’s gorgeous new book, A Kitchen in France, is a charming window into an idyllic life in Médoc. While we can’t all live in a beautiful farmhouse surrounded by lush woods, handsome children, and inquisitive terriers, at least we can now re-create at home our own slice of heaven with Mimi’s delectable cherry clafoutis.”—April Bloomfield, author of A Girl and Her Pig “Mimi’s book is an enchanting look at French-style country cooking, and it will make you run to the stove to re-create the delicious traditions it celebrates.” —Clotilde Dusoulier, author of The French Market Cookbook

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