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A captivating journey through 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.
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About 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 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.