French Country Cooking
A captivating journey to off-the-beaten-path French wine country with 100 simple yet exquisite recipes, 150 sumptuous photographs, and stories inspired by life in a small village
Readers everywhere fell in love with Mimi Thorisson, her family, and their band of smooth fox terriers through her blog, Manger, and debut cookbook, A Kitchen in France. In French Country Cooking, the family moves to an abandoned old château in Médoc. While shopping for local ingredients, cooking, and renovating the house, Mimi meets the farmers and artisans who populate the village and learns about the former owner of the house, an accomplished local cook. Here are recipes inspired by this eccentric cast of characters, including White Asparagus Soufflé, Wine Harvest Pot au Feu, Endives with Ham, and Salted Butter Chocolate Cake. Featuring evocative photographs taken by Mimi’s husband, Oddur Thorisson, this cookbook is a charming jaunt to an untouched corner of France that has thus far eluded the spotlight.
It's been a little while since I've gotten a cookbook for review, and I'm really glad I chose this one! I had not heard of Mimi Thorisson or her blog before, but I was definitely pleased with this cookbook, and I'd love to check out her previous one, A Kitchen in France.
There are so many good recipes in here- I was especially enticed by the soups, and anything with lots of onions. Somehow, even the dishes that I know I wouldn't like looked appetizing...I think I might even be willing to try the asparagus dishes, honestly (and I hate asparagus).
It also was memoir-like, as the author described how her large family came to own their current home and started their restaurant, which I liked. Some of it was a little...iffy, since the history of the house involved a man and his mistress. (And while all of her neighbors and friends sound interesting, there was a tiny bit of language). But the feel of the book was charming, and pleasantly French.
But overall, this is one of my favorite cookbooks. Not only do the recipes look delicious, but they are also inspiring--making me want to get out my pots and pans and cook something new.
I received this book for free from bloggingforbooks.com in exchange for my honest review.