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

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

by Mimi Thorisson


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With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, A Kitchen in France transports you 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804185592
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 197,166
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

MIMI THORISSON is the author of French Country Cooking 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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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.