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French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards: A Cookbook Hardcover – Illustrated, 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.” —InStyle
“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.” —FoodRepublic.com
About the Author
- Item Weight : 3.5 pounds
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553459589
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553459586
- Dimensions : 8.24 x 1.32 x 10.26 inches
- Publisher : Clarkson Potter; Illustrated edition (October 25, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
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.
We may not be able to get some of the ingredients but we can improvise and we can learn to execute our tasks with ease and grace and bask in the happiness we spread to those around us.
Just a warning: you will fall in love with the cookware, the mismatched flatware, all the vintage dishes and especially the black enameled cast iron cookware from STAUB Mimi is so fond off. Amazon has lots of it at great prices and with Prime shipping is fast and free, an important factor with heavy cast iron. Life is good.
Aside from flavorful food & wine pairing suggestions, the author is a talented writer & the photos of the food and region are gorgeous. Recipes are given in U.S. measurement and alternative suggestions for occasionally hard to find ingredients (e.g. Rabelais) are provided. Did I mention desserts? I'll never make Rice Pudding any other way again. After trying several recipes in this book, I also bought her older book and having fun with it too. I really enjoy leafing through the book and fixing post-its to recipe pages I'll make next. Although she has shared many of the recipes on her website, she deserves to be paid for her books and I'm pleased to have them in my kitchen.
Top reviews from other countries
It's possibly my most used book over the last few months. Beautifully written and the photographs add a lovely feel to it.