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French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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“Amid Mrs. Thorisson’s recipes are stories of the home’s past, as told to her by previous owners and village old-timers. Readers will learn tales of multiple generations of cooks together in the French country kitchen.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Food blogger Mimi Thorisson’s life in Médoc is basically a real-life fairytale. If you’re tempted to buy a one-way ticket to the south of France after reading her sophomore cookbook, which features 100 delicious recipes peppered with details about how she transformed an old chateau into a homey restaurant, we wouldn’t blame you.”
“Francophiles and armchair travelers who loved Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table and David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen will gladly add this classic title to their collections.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“If you’re the sort of person whose idea of fun is watching Chocolat for the hundredth time and fantasizing about renting Julia Child’s Provençal farmhouse to cook madelines and cassoulet for your family, then Mimi Thorisson’s cookbook, French Country Cooking, is perfect for you. This is the cookbook as daydream, with terribly pretty pictures of women fluttering tablecloths in rustic kitchens, of little girls lugging baskets of produce, of baguettes and Citroëns and vineyards and pans of broiled oysters.”
—Los Angeles Times
“Blogger and author Mimi Thorisson has a new cookbook out that will kindle a delicious love affair with the cuisine of the French countryside. Starring the best-quality ingredients sourced from small outdoor markets, family-owned purveyors and home gardens, this collection of recipes elevates a simple, humble cuisine to the highest level.”
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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However, Mimi's books need to be approached as "coffee table cookbooks" rather than everyday cooking books. What I mean is that while they are perfect to look at, not all recipes on her blog or in her books are flawless.
Some of the recipes become inaccessible because of the ingredients required (I don't live in a place where I can get dried vines for using as grilling wood, or have foie gras handy in my fridge, or have a butcher who can get me some black-footed pig chops), some of the recipes fall flat because the ingredients in France are often of a higher quality than elsewhere (I tried some of her recipes when I lived in France and they turned out delicious & tried them again back in the US and something just didn't work), and lastly because some of them are just too complicated for an average home cook.
Having said that, if you approach this book as a beautiful food journal with some recipes to try and most others to dream of, then you will find yourself super happy!
Okay, we can all take a minute and dislike her because she is also beautiful and lives in a fairy tale chateau but I have a feeling if we were at her table, we would be won over by her kindness as well as her good food.
First, what this book is not. It isn't a step by step instructional book for French cooking. Leave that to Julia Child and others. It also is not a cookbook for beginners although there are easy recipes in it. I'd say one should have at least a couple of years of cooking under their belt to feel comfortable with most of the recipes.
This is a cookbook for those who love to read as well as cook from a book. Having said that, it is full of recipes for various tastes and skill levels (past beginner). It contains recipes from their pop up restaurant, recipes made for family, plenty of recipes for side dishes for which I have a few bookmarks already, desserts, classic French dishes, and what the author refers to off and on as "Grandmother recipes" passed down by friends and family.
This book would make a lovely gift for someone who loves to cook or a splurge for yourself. You will be happy you purchased it when on a Winter's evening with a candle burning and perhaps a glass of wine (or in my case, a cup of tea) you have this beautiful book to peruse and then to cook from. Highly recommended!
French Country Cooking was provided by Blogging For Books but the opinions are my own.
It's a beautiful book both in writing and in photography. And if you're adventurous, in cooking or in eating, I think you'll enjoy the recipes as well.
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