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.
My Thoughts: French cooking is one of those things that everyone raves about and so many people wish they were as good as a “french cook”, so between those two things and hearing about how great Mimi Thorisson’s first book was I of course wanted to review French Country Cooking when it was offered to me by the publisher. Going through it all the photos are absolutely gorgeous, and it’s a cookbook you’d want to read not just flip through for recipes. I think it would make a great gift however, a lot of the recipes have ingredients that are near impossible to find in many areas (especially fresh) and the instructions aren’t always easy to follow. It isn’t your typical country cooking (for example Victuals Cookbook would be) and many of the recipes are highbrow things that seem like they’d be more likely to be found in a high end restaurant than your average French kitchen. However for a more seasoned cook or one obsessed with French life it’d make a great cookbook.
French Country Cooking
Meals and Moments from a village in the Vineyards
By Mimi Thorisson