‘A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse’ by Mimi Thorisson

'A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse' by Mimi ThorissonTwo days before Christmas, I received a rather large package from Random House. Since so much of my holiday shopping is completed online, I assumed the package must contain a gift for one of my nearest and dearest. Upon opening the box, I yelled out, ‘Oh, it’s a gift for me!’ and pulled out Mimi Thorisson’s rather large/heavy and beautifully printed cookbook, ‘A Kitchen in France.’

My step one after receiving any cookbook – read through the recipes and mark those I will be making (orange tabs) and those I will be begging my husband to make for me (blue tabs). As the picture demonstrates, most of the heavy lifting will be completed by my husband.

My top five recipes for my husband to surprise me with one fine dinner or late lunch are:

  • Onion Tart (page 30/Spring)
  • Butternut Gratin (page 195/Autumn)
  • Potatoe Pie with Comté Cheese (page 231/Winter)
  • Garlic Soup (page 242/Winter)
  • Happy Valley Wonton Soup (page 291/Winter)

'A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse' by Mimi ThorissonMy one lone orange tab is marking the recipe on page 139/Summer – Strawberries in Wine with Mascarpone Cream. Everything about this recipe sounds perfectly wonderful. I love wine, I love cheese, I love strawberries, and I love dessert. Plus, the recipe sounds incredibly oops-proof and I was sold after reading Thorisson’s testimonial, ‘Truthfully, this is really just an upgraded version of the unbeatable combination of strawberries and whipped cream, but adding wine and mascarpone gives the traditional duo zing and a touch of grown-up elegance.’

I needed to do a little googling for certain recipes to figure out what some ingredients were – i.e. Fleur de sel is more commonly known as sea salt, and Crème fraîche is a soured cream – but overall the directions seem complete and thorough.

This is a beautiful, unique and inviting cookbook. I am very excited to dig in and see what delicious messes can be made.

Salon Summary

RECOMMENDABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
REPETITIVE READABILITY: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆
RATING: 4 {out of 5} stars | ★★★★☆

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