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At first glance, Loomis's eighth cookbook may look like just another collection of French staples explained by a savvy American cook. Upon closer inspection, it's clear the work, while based largely on traditional French fare, reflects the ever evolving nature of Gallic cuisine, with its strong African and Asian influences. The author, who runs On Rue Tatin, a cooking school in Normandy, has met many people during her 15-plus years in France, and she shares their recipes here. The result is a pleasing French cookbook, with recipes for traditional Leek and Bacon Quiche, Savory Beef Stew, and Cherry Clafoutis appearing alongside instructions for Chorba (an Algerian vegetable and lamb soup), Franco-Vietnamese Spring Rolls, and Chicken with Turmeric and Coconut Milk from the island of Réunion. There are some time-consuming dishes, such as A Homemaker's Chicken Liver Terrine, which takes at least 24 hours to make, and the ingredient lists can be intimidating (some recipes require as many as 17 ingredients). Only the most intrepid cooks will attempt Gazpacho with Mustard Ice Cream, or Frosty Lentils (which entails topping barely cooked lentils with shaved frozen cucumbers and cornichons). Those bored with straightforward French cooking (ce n'est pas possible!) and those with more adventurous tastes stand to benefit most from this atypical French cookbook. Illus.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; First Edition edition (May 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060758171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060758172
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a France-based, award-winning author with nine books to my credit, as well as a professionally trained chef and cooking school proprietor. Originally from Seattle, Washington, I moved to France in the early 1980's to study cooking, stayed on to open a restaurant, and then to work with Patricia on her first book, THE FOOD LOVER'S GUIDE TO PAIRS. I returned to live in France again in 1993, and opened my cooking school in 2001.
Included among my books are THE GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOKBOOK, FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, CLAMBAKES AND FISH FRIES, FRENCH FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, ITALIAN FARMHOUSE COOKBOOK, (all Workman Publishing, Inc.) and ON RUE TATIN (Broadway Books. 2001) a narrative about my life in France, with recipes, which won the IACP best literary food book for 2002. It was followed by a sequel, TARTE TATIN (Harper Collins UK, 2003), by COOKING AT HOME ON RUE TATIN, (William Morrow, May 2005)and most recently by NUTS IN THE KITCHEN (William Morrow 2010).
I contribute to many newspapers and magazines including COOKING LIGHT, METROPOLITAN HOME, THE NEW YORK TIMES, GOURMET, and BON APPETIT, and have appeared on Good Morning America (ABC), Home Matters, Epicurious/Discovery, The Splendid Table with Lynn Rosetto Kasper" (MPR); "Food Talk with Arthur Schwartz" (WOR); and "Good Food Hour with Evan Kleinman" (KSRO);
My cooking school in Louviers, Normandy and in Paris is a cultural and hands-on culinary program. Participants spend five delicious days cooking and enjoying the meals we've made together, along with wines from throughout France, visiting local markets and artisan food producers, and getting an in-depth look at and feeling for all that is wonderful about France. My cooking classes in Paris will be similar, with hands-on classes in Patricia's gorgeous kitchen, visits to producers, and an insider's look at Paris and its gastronomy. I am also a founding member of a website devoted to making mealtimes manageable and delicious!

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By B. Marold HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
`Cooking At Home On Rue Tatin' is Susan Hermann Loomis' seventh book, a followup to the memoir, `On Rue Tatin'. Many of Ms. Loomis' books follow the rubric of `Farmhouse' cooking, especially as she and her family live in a French farmhouse in northwestern France.

The first great coincidence I encounter with this book is that it reinforces an observation in the last culinary book I reviewed, `The Perfectionist' about the career and suicide of the major French three star chef, Bernard Loiseau. Loomis' book reflects exactly that trend which helped do in Monsieur Loiseau. That is, French cooking, both `haute cuisine' done by the great restaurants and `cuisine bourgeoisie' is being greatly influenced by food and cooking from France's current and former colonies from around the world, most especially in the North African Madgreb (Morocco, Algeria, and Tunesia) and Indochina (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia). This is almost exactly the same kind of influence which Indian cooking has had on English cuisine. In fact, one wonders why it took so long, as London has been infused with Indian cooking for the last century.

It is important to note that while Ms. Loomis is a very good cookbook writer, she is not quite in the same class as Paula Wolfert for her analysis of national cuisines or of the great Julia Child for doing definitive interpretations of French dishes. But then, who is as good as these two fine culinary writers. Rather, Ms. Loomis is easily on a par with her good friend and `Franco-American' expatriot Patricia Wells. In fact, I would recommend Ms. Loomis' books over Ms. Wells to the less experienced cook who wants some exposure to French dishes but who is not ready to tackle Child's `Mastering the Art of French Cooking'.

This book is most like Ms.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Harnett VINE VOICE on June 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A companion to her memoir-with-recipes, "On Rue Tatin," Loomis' eighth cookbook reflects on the international influences creeping into French cooking. A Cambodian Chicken Soup with Tamarind follows a recipe for traditional Provencal Vegetable Soup with Pistou and Franco-Vietnamese Spring Rolls follows Quiche Lorraine.

While classic French dishes predominate, Loomis collects recipes from Asian and Middle-Eastern immigrants who are equally passionate about their favorite dishes. Thus, the poultry chapter includes Rooster in Red Wine, Roasted Lemon and Orange Guinea Hen and Syrian Chicken with Tahini, Lemon, and Yogurt Sauce and the meat chapter features Rib-eye Steak with Bordelaise Sauce, Aromatic Braised Pork Shoulder and Lamb and Dried Plum Tagine with Toasted Almonds.

Loomis' focus, whatever the dish, is on careful attention to detail in technique and choice of ingredients. Thus a beef braise "needs every single minute" of its three hour cooking time, quinoa requires a gentle hand with herbs and pine nut oil and Leek Potage must be consumed the day it is made.

While the recipes are not difficult, many do require time and attention. This is a beguiling book for cooks who find the acts of cooking pleasurable and don't plan to throw dinner together in 20 minutes or less.

- Portsmouth Herald
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lou Heiss on October 5, 2005
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I am a big fan of everything that Susan writes. I like her style and the well-communicated stories she tells of local vendors, farmers and everyday cooks in France. Her recipes exude French-ness without being stuffy - she understands, loves and captures the essence of French cuisine and the French in a way that few non-French writers can. If you want to understand what it is about the French 'at table' that makes them so passionate and opinionated about food, then read Susan's introduction to this book for a very inciteful and well-told explanation. And, may I add, the Walnut Bread on page 214 and the Braised Guines Hen with Savoy Cabbage on page 133 are a delicious combination for a wonderfully hearty fall meal. Serve with chilled French cider.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Donovan, Editor/Sr. Reviewer on March 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Susan Herrmann Loomis' COOKING AT HOME ON RUE TATIN (0060758171, $24.95) comes from a cookbook author and pro chef who surveys French home cooking. Classic French techniques and dishes meld with international cuisine in a title which also takes the busy cook into account. From a simple Braised Fennel and Chicken with Artichoke to Leek and Bacon Quiche and Mackerel with Dandelion Greens, this is packed with innovations and basics alike.
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