A kitchen in France A year of cooking in my farmhouse

Mimi Thorisson

Book - 2014

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Published
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers [2014]
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
304 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9780804185592
080418559X
Main Author
Mimi Thorisson (-)
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Lauded food blogger Thorisso having lived in Hong Kong and Paris, moved with her family to a farm in France's Médoc, where she began to explore the region's culinary traditions. No slave to received wisdom, Thorisson has tinkered with the area's outstanding seasonal meats, vegetables, and fruits to generate a very personal sort of cuisine, which she now shares with her devotees. As spring turns into summer, Thorisson exchanges fresh fava-bean soup for a broth of macaroni, green beans, basil, and garlic. Autumn squab pie gives way to winter's hearty roasted sausages. A unique method of preparing snails with ham and sausage transforms snails' usual presentation. Some recipes demand considerable kitchen skill, but her desserts in particular will intrigue many. Thorisson's photographer husband has contributed a wealth of color photos that display not only his wife's cooking talent but also celebrate the family's daily life amid Médoc's bounty. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A French-cooking blogger describes and photographs her family's meals in their country farmhouse in Médoc, made using local ingredients, including Roast Chicken With Herbs and Crème Fraîche, Cèpe and Parsley Tartlets and Apple Tart With Orange Flower Water. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A French-cooking blogger describes and photographs her family's meals--made using local ingredients--at their farmhouse in Mâedoc, including almond gazpacho, quail grilled over grapevines, and apple tart with orange flower water.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 WatersWhen 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.