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French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards
     

French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards

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by Mimi Thorisson
 

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A captivating journey to off-the-beaten-path French wine country with 100 simple yet exquisite recipes, 150 sumptuous photographs, and stories inspired by life in a small village

“Francophiles, this book is pure Gallic food porn.”
—The Wall Street Journal 
 

Readers everywhere fell in love with Mimi Thorisson, her family

Overview

A captivating journey to off-the-beaten-path French wine country with 100 simple yet exquisite recipes, 150 sumptuous photographs, and stories inspired by life in a small village

“Francophiles, this book is pure Gallic food porn.”
—The Wall Street Journal 
 

Readers everywhere fell in love with Mimi Thorisson, her family, and their band of smooth fox terriers through her blog, Manger, and debut cookbook, A Kitchen in France. In French Country Cooking, the family moves to an abandoned old château in Médoc. While shopping for local ingredients, cooking, and renovating the house, Mimi meets the farmers and artisans who populate the village and learns about the former owner of the house, an accomplished local cook. Here are recipes inspired by this eccentric cast of characters, including White Asparagus Soufflé, Wine Harvest Pot au Feu, Endives with Ham, and Salted Butter Chocolate Cake. Featuring evocative photographs taken by Mimi’s husband, Oddur Thorisson, and illustrated endpapers, this cookbook is a charming jaunt to an untouched corner of France that has thus far eluded the spotlight.

— Los Angeles Times: Best Cookbooks of Fall 2016

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Amid Mrs. Thorisson’s recipes are stories of the home’s past, as told to her by previous owners and village old-timers. Readers will learn tales of multiple generations of cooks together in the French country kitchen.”
The Wall Street Journal

“Food blogger Mimi Thorisson’s life in Médoc is basically a real-life fairytale. If you’re tempted to buy a one-way ticket to the south of France after reading her sophomore cookbook, which features 100 delicious recipes peppered with details about how she transformed an old chateau into a homey restaurant, we wouldn’t blame you.”
InStyle
 
“Francophiles and armchair travelers who loved Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table and David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen will gladly add this classic title to their collections.”
Library Journal
, starred review

“If you’re the sort of person whose idea of fun is watching Chocolat for the hundredth time and fantasizing about renting Julia Child’s Provençal farmhouse to cook madelines and cassoulet for your family, then Mimi Thorisson’s cookbook, French Country Cooking, is perfect for you. This is the cookbook as daydream, with terribly pretty pictures of women fluttering tablecloths in rustic kitchens, of little girls lugging baskets of produce, of baguettes and Citroëns and vineyards and pans of broiled oysters.”
Los Angeles Times

“Blogger and author Mimi Thorisson has a new cookbook out that will kindle a delicious love affair with the cuisine of the French countryside. Starring the best-quality ingredients sourced from small outdoor markets, family-owned purveyors and home gardens, this collection of recipes elevates a simple, humble cuisine to the highest level.”
FoodRepublic.com

Library Journal
★ 09/15/2016
Be prepared for some serious lifestyle envy as Thorisson (A Kitchen in France) transports you to her country home in this visually sumptuous cookbook that chronicles how the author and her family bought and revived a French chateau, eventually turning it into a pop-up restaurant. In ten mostly course-based chapters, readers will find classic comforts such as roast chicken with chestnuts and cabbage, cassoulet, pumpkin quiche with bacon, and baked pears with chocolate, along with stunning photographs and unfussy wine advice from Thorisson's husband, Oddur. VERDICT Francophiles and armchair travelers who loved Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table and David Lebovitz's My Paris Kitchen will gladly add this classic title to their collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553459586
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
10/25/2016
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
18,680
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

MIMI THORISSON is the author of A Kitchen in France and Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking and her life in the French countryside. She is the host of the French cooking shows La Table de Mimi and Les Desserts de Mimi. She lives with her husband, their children, and their smooth fox terriers in an old château in St Yzans, in the Médoc region of France.

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French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SandrasBookNook 6 months ago
French Country Cooking is a gorgeous cookbook. It is beautiful inside and out and makes you want to curl up and read by a nice fire, and then afterwards head to the kitchen to start cooking. However, there are a couple of issues. This is French country cooking for people who live in France. There are many ingredients that will range anywhere from difficult to practically impossible to find here in the States. While the recipes for the most part look simply delicious, I will say that this is not the book for a beginner cook. Some recipes are quite complicated and therefore I would have to say intermediate cooks and up might enjoy cooking from this book, but I believe it would just frustrate beginners. I struggled with how to rate this book waffling between 3 and 4 stars. With the combination of over elaborate recipes at times and hard to source ingredients I was leaning towards a three, but the overall beauty of the book and the lovely writing bumped it up to a 4. As far as the recipes go, you can find about any kind of French recipe you’d like. There is a very thorough selection from Chanterelle and Garlic Tartlets to Cassoulet, Spring Flan with Zucchini and Mint, Poule-Au-Pot, Dauphine Potatoes, Salted Butter Chocolate Cake, Crepes Suzette and so much more. This is a beautiful book. If you’re looking for more of a coffee-table type book, or a book that’s great to read, this is for you. If you’re looking for a good, French cookbook and are not already a fairly experienced cook, you might want to look elsewhere. I received a copy of this book from Clarkson Potter through the Blogging for Books program for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.