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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Love all things French when it comes to cooking! Loved hearing about starting a home in Normandy.Published 1 month ago by melissa k ridley
The first of two good books by Loomis. In the tradition of Frances Mayes, Peter Mayle, and Carol Drinkwater, Loomis and her husband find an old house in France, rehabilitate it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by owen
I love this book! Am going to France this spring, in part because of the delight I felt while reading this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan Michel
I enjoyed this book on my Kindle-it was an easy read to carry from appointment to home. I especially appreciate the simplicity of her recipes and will be attempting them.Published 6 months ago by Cindy M Deister
Nice read about cooking and refurbishing a house in France.Published 8 months ago by Maureen Feeley
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 9 months ago by Tina Culbertson