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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Emphasizing simplicity, compatible flavors, and seasonal ingredients, the author provides an insider’s view of what really happens in a French home kitchen…For armchair travelers who long for experiences of life in the French countryside and those looking to expand their repertoires of (fairly) easygoing country cooking.”

    Library Journal

  • “A warm invitation to the French table…Loomis also shares scores of recipes from her own repertoire and those of her friends, including a twelve-month meal plan based on fresh, seasonal ingredients. A tempting and helpful guide to delectable food.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • In a French Kitchen is an enticing mix of recipes, stories, and astuces (tips) Susan shares from her sun-filled kitchen in France. Few people understand French cuisine as deeply as Susan, and if you want to experience honest, French cooking—without a lot of fuss but with great results—you’ll be as happy as I am to have In a French Kitchen as a companion in your kitchen.”

    David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen

  • “With a clear, distinctive, emphatic, and personal style, Susan captures the essence of the French home cook: the search for the finest ingredients, one’s personal connections to purveyors, superior organization, the creation of a comfortable repertoire of dishes, the joy as well as the triumph of putting a meal on the table.”

    Patricia Wells, author of 365 Days in France

  • In A French Kitchen makes me want to move right back to France, where people expect to eat well, love to eat well, and know how to do it. Susan has always been one of my favorite food writers; sharing her wisdom comes naturally to her, and I love being drawn into her life. This book will inspire us to adapt at least a little bit of the lifestyle she describes with such heartfelt eloquence.”

    Martha Rose Shulman, author of The Simple Art of Vegetarian Cooking

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