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, American readers 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, readers are
invited to meet the busy people of Louviers and 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
readers, In a French Kitchen shares
the everyday French tips, secrets, and eighty-five recipes that allow them to
turn every meal into a sumptuous occasion. Download and start listening now!