In a French Kitchen is a delightful celebration of French life and the cooks who turn even the simplest meals into an occasion.
Even before Susan Herrmann Loomis wrote her now-classic memoir, On Rue Tatin, Americans have been compelled by books about the French's ease with cooking. With In a French Kitchen, Loomis - an expat who long ago traded her American grocery store for a bustling French farmer's market - demystifies in lively prose the seemingly effortless je ne sais quoi behind a simple French meal.
One by one listeners are invited to meet the busy people of Louviers and the surrounding villages and towns of Loomis' adopted home, from runway-chic Edith, who has zero passion for cooking - but a love of food that inspires her to whip up an array of mouthwatering dishes - to Nathalie, who becomes misty-eyed as she talks about her mother's Breton cooking and then goes on to reproduce it. Through friends and neighbors like these, Loomis learns that delicious, even decadent meals don't have to be complicated.
Are French cooks better organized when planning and shopping? Do they have a greater ability to improvise with whatever they have on hand when unexpected guests arrive? The answer to both is yes. But they also have an innate understanding of food and cooking, are instinctively knowledgeable about seasonal produce, and understand what combination of simple ingredients will bring out the best of their gardens or local markets.
Thankfully for American listeners, In a French Kitchen shares the everyday French tips, secrets, and 85 recipes that allow them to turn every meal into a sumptuous occasion.
©2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.; 2015 Susan Herrmann
Someone who enjoys listening to several hours of recipes.
Her story was interesting and well written the problem was that about half the book is recipes. It gets very monotonous listening to someone read recipe after recipe. Having said that the recipes all sounded very tasty
It was a nice touch having the author narrate the book. There is a certain intimacy to that.
When the story is about France, her observations about the French, their food, and cooking, it is very enjoyable.
I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read it. (And also I would have had the recipes on hand.) The format of this book does not translate well to audio.
I can't stand the narrator's voice, this would have been one of those where it would have been better to have another reader. The author is too nasal and whiny for me but I did appreciate the recipes and information.
When Susan is telling her tales of the French kitchen, it's a wonderful book. However, there are so many recipes that it doesn't translate to audio well. That is unless you like listening to cookbooks.
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