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A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse
     

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse

4.5 6
by Mimi Thorisson
 

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With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, A Kitchen in France transports readers to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking.

"This is real food: delicious, honest recipes that celebrate the beauty of picking what is ripe and in season, and capture the essence of life in rural France."
—Alice

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With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, A Kitchen in France transports readers to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking.

"This is real food: delicious, honest recipes that celebrate the beauty of picking what is ripe and in season, and capture the essence of life in rural France."
—Alice Waters

When Mimi Thorisson and her family moved from Paris to a small town in out-of-the-way Médoc, she did not quite know what was in store for them. She found wonderful ingredients—from local farmers and the neighboring woods—and, most important, time to cook. Her cookbook chronicles the family’s seasonal meals and life in an old farmhouse, all photographed by her husband, Oddur. Mimi’s convivial recipes—such as Roast Chicken with Herbs and Crème Fraîche, Cèpe and Parsley Tartlets, Winter Vegetable Cocotte, Apple Tart with Orange Flower Water, and Salted Butter Crème Caramel—will bring the warmth of rural France into your home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 09/01/2014
In this warm and inviting collection, Thorisson, a French TV personality and author of Manger, a food blog devoted to French cooking, brings readers into the kitchen of her farmhouse in Médoc, which she shares with her five children, numerous dogs, and her husband, the photographer who provided the stunning photos that comprise nearly half of the book. Thorisson groups her offerings by season, providing starters, main courses, and desserts that utilize the best ingredients for the time of year. From spring’s onion tarts, artichoke soufflés, and Parisian sole to winter’s potato pie, garlic soup, and coq au vin, she provides something for every palate. Tuna rillettes, apricot panna cotta, and pork cheek ravioli with cèpes demonstrate the breadth of her skill. And while 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 the butcher add little details that transport the reader to this bucolic, idyllic world where Thorisson is the perfect host. (Oct.)
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“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… [W]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 [Médoc’s] 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804185592
Publisher:
Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/28/2014
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
42,752
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

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 Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LinnyL More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book ! Exceptional photos and wonderful recipes.  Mimi Thorisson is a fine home cook who happens to be a great story teller as well, and her captivating style for which her blog, Manger, is known translates well to her book. Her food celebrates the seasons and French country cooking in the Medoc region.  Generous photos fill this book, incredibly inspiring, full of saturated color, artful patina, and the romance of family life in a rustic setting.  The book design is handsome and details, such as double spaced text, make it an easy read. The recipes Mimi's posted on her blog have worked really well for me and for her other readers. It's exciting to finally have this collection in one beautiful book.  
Eva_Marie1 More than 1 year ago
This is the kind of book that you want to step into.  The author's warm way of sharing her story and recipes make you feel like you're in the company of a really good friend. Her recipes are uncomplicated instructions to beautiful dishes you will be proud to set on your table.  Couple all of this with photos that make everything look magical and it's one of the best books (never mind a cookbook) I've picked up in a very long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Kitchen in France, may be one of the loveliest cookbooks I have looked at in awhile.  While the book is not substitute for visiting Medoc and savoring the taste of foie gras it can invoke many a epicurean fantasy.  Mimi Thorisson gave up her life in Paris to adopt the county life in Medoc.  The inspiration for the book comes from living in the countryside and enjoying the fruits that the earth has to offer.   I must confess I have not tried any of the recipes.  Laziness is my excuse.  I have quite enjoyed reading them and trying to decide what I will try.  Every recipe has a photo and the photos are truly beautiful.  I want to make every recipe the book has to offer.  I want this to be my kitchen.  There are photos of the food and photos of the region along with photos of Mimi and her family.   The recipes mostly appear to be traditionally French, while some have a Chinese influence(the author hails from Hong Kong).  Living in North America some of the recipes will be rather difficult to replicate.  I have never seen chanterelles sold here.  I also do not think that we can get squab.  Some improvisation will be necessary.  The recipes are both in metric and the English system.  What I really like about the book is that the recipes are organized according to season.  I always think this is rather fun.  If you were hosting a dinner there are starters, main courses and desserts so one would be set.   I also found the recipes to be quite varied and unique.  No matter how many cookbooks you may have this book will be adding new recipes to your repertoire.  Each recipe also has a story which is always a nice touch.  I am fortunate to own a copy of this book and anyone who loves cooking or France would probably also enjoy a copy of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all the reviews and bought the book. The recipes are unrealistic. Pictures are beautiful if you want pictures of the French countryside and a beautiful French woman. Sent the book back. My Paris Kitchen is much better. If you want a good French cook book purchase Dorie Greenspan's book or reliable Julia Child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this cookbook. Not only are the photographs attractive but also the recipes are not complicated. Ms. Thorisson invites us to her home like an honored guest. We get to experience village life the way we all imagine living in a French village could ever be.