Following her formal culinary training, Loomis returned to the U.S. and met the man who would become her husband. After the couple's first son turned 2, they moved to France where Loomis was determined to launch her writing career focusing on unique aspects of French farming cuisine. She and her husband eventually purchased an old monastery in Louviers in the Normandy region of France. One of the more humorous and memorable stories she shares concerns the landlord of the small rental that they occupied for a year while her husband remodeled the monastery to livable conditions. During that year, the wife of the landlord believed them to be CIA agents and chose to keep a cold distance from the family. Meanwhile the French police suspected them of dealing drugs.
Every recipe featured throughout this memoir comes with an interesting, anecdotal story, and is very much representative of traditional French cuisine. Gateau au Chocolat de Mamy (or Mamy Jacqueline's Chocolate Cake) is a dense, almost death-by-chocolate confection, but served alone or with a fresh fruit coulis, it will bring a smile, as will the sweet explanation of its origin.
Loomis describes experiences and people with much detail, sometimes several times over, and her prose allows the reader to imagine the tempting smells and vivid colors of the countryside. You may find yourself wishing to see pictures of Loomis's home and the quaint village where she lived, but perhaps that was Loomis's intent--she wants to tempt and challenge you to experience the beauty and foods of Louviers and the Normandy region for yourself. --Teresa Simanton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis is another French ex-pat type memoir that combined cooking and recipes. Win-win for me! Read morePublished 26 days ago by Tina Culbertson
I always enjoy a good travel or adventure story. This is a low key adventure about making a life in France and reveling in all aspects of the culture.Published 4 months ago by Barbara Frank
I looked forward every night before bed (when I read), to the continuing story of Susan's life in a small town in France. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lindy
It was a joy to read. I felt like i lived in Louviers for a moment. I enjoyed her cookbook with nuts too.Published 6 months ago by Sierra Dante
Susan Herrmann Loomis goes by three names and is smug and self-absorbed. She moves into a small French town, and like an ugly American, immediately begins to pick fights with her... Read morePublished 7 months ago by NewtonsLawPreserved
A very good book for anyone who has ever dreamed of living in France. An interesting read with very good recipes.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Many recipes were good although some were inaccurate. I tried every one as I read the book. The story itself was a pleasant journey of a read.Published 11 months ago by Heidi-rachel Webb