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Monday, November 24, 2014

Cooking in a French Farmhouse with Mimi Thorisson

A Kitchen in France:  A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse



A Kitchen In France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse is an adorable peek into French farmhouse life and homemade meals a la francaise.


I'll be completely honest...after reading this book I wish that its author, Mimi Thorisson, lived next door!  I wish that we could just pop into her busy kitchen unannounced and marvel at the amazing French country meals on the stove, play hopscotch with her charming kids, and talk fashion and food over a hot cup of coffee.  She seems absolutely lovely, the kind of person you'd love to have in your circle of friends, and her recipes are divine!  

As a fellow outsider-insider to France, I have a great appreciation for her insight and ability to bring French living into English with elegance.  "In France, when it comes to food, there is a right way to do everything - but everyone's right way is not the same.  Everyone has an an opinion, and that is, as Inspecteor Clouseau might might say, why France is France." (Page 14) - so true!

A Kitchen In France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse is a compilation of recipes and French lifestyle images for the seasons.  The book is sectioned into meal suggestions by season and the corresponding farm-fresh produce - I love the seasonality and Mimi's passion for enjoying foods straight from the orchard and garden.  

Duck Confit Parmentier, Canele de Bordeaux, Slow-Cooked Lamb with Croquant Ratatouille...The recipes are all absolutely drool-worthy and the photos are stunning.  It helps to have a husband who is a professional photographer like Mimi's!  I'll be reviewing her Canele de Bordeaux on the blog soon!




Disclaimer:  I received the book A Kitchen In France: A Year of Cooking in my Farmhouse for free from Blogging for Books for this review.

24 comments:

  1. I'd love to learn to make Croquant Ratatouille! This books sounds like it has some amazing recipes <3

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  2. I don't cook a lot but I want to try cooking foie grass. Does that count? French dishes are sexy in my honest opinion like their language.

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    1. If you make it from scratch it definitely counts! And sure... we'll count it even if its just spreading it onto toast with a little salt! :) Yum

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  3. I've been to Paris, I love checking out new recipes!

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  4. I look forward to your review of the Canele de Bordeaux! I've always wanted to try French cooking, but I'm a little intimidated by it.

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    1. Its actually not as intimidating as it looks! A lot of it is just in letting it cook slowly for a long time...which is actually not any harder than a crockpot is :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing! I loved my trip to France- just about this time last year- all the food was so delicious!

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    1. Autumn is my favorite time there too! Great choice :)

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  6. ohh i just adored my time in France, but I'm quite sure I will never be able to cook like them...but I love how they only use fresh ingredients!!

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  7. I really need this book in my life, my french colleague at work always says the same thing 'there is a french way of doing things but its different for every french person'

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    1. That little phrase has given me so much clarity! I'm glad your colleague confirms it!

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  8. I look forward to reading the review, I have not tried French food but it is on my to do list :)

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  9. Omg love France Amy beyond love French food!!! Look forward to the review :):)

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  10. I have to admit I'm a little intimidated by french cooking and how they require such precision! :) i would definitely love to check out this book once I'm more experienced in the kitchen. also i just found out about blogging for books through you! i'll have to sign up!

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    1. Its a fun little site, I enjoy it and hope you like it if you decide to try too. French cooking can be really easy - it all depends on what you're making. Things like French Madeleine cookies are easier than regular chocolate chip cookies if you ask me!

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  11. Anything french always seems so perfect and almost mystical! I would love to be such an amazing chef, sounds like a good book to check out!

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  12. I love French cuisine, it's so beautiful and delicious!

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  13. I would love to go to France. I need to buy this book and pretend that I am there are eating delicious French food.

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    1. This made me giggle...and is a great idea! I love being carried away by books too :)

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  14. I've always wanted to go to France! It sounds like there are some great recipes in this book!

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  15. French cuisine is largely unfamiliar to me for some reason. This sounds like a great way to learn more about it though.

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    1. Its definitely worth a try, there are so many great dishes! Good luck in your culinary adventures!

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  16. This looks like an amazing time. I would love this! And French! Yes please!

    -Erin Kennedy

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  17. This looks so cool! I love how it is a full immersion!

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