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With beguiling recipes and sumptuous photography, A Kitchen in France transports you to the French countryside and marks the debut of a captivating new voice in cooking.

"This is real food: delicious, honest recipes that celebrate the beauty of picking what is ripe and in season, and capture the essence of life in rural France."
—Alice Waters

When Mimi Thorisson and her family moved from Paris to a small town in out-of-the-way Médoc, she did not quite know what was in store for them. She found wonderful ingredients—from local farmers and the neighboring woods—and, most important, time to cook. Her cookbook chronicles the family’s seasonal meals and life in an old farmhouse, all photographed by her husband, Oddur. Mimi’s convivial recipes—such as Roast Chicken with Herbs and Crème Fraîche, Cèpe and Parsley Tartlets, Winter Vegetable Cocotte, Apple Tart with Orange Flower Water, and Salted Butter Crème Caramel—will bring the warmth of rural France into your home.

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“A Kitchen in France…encourages us to cook together and share good food and wine with people we love.”
--The Wall Street Journal
 
“This highly personal and friendly book encourages readers to really appreciate ingredients, and time spent in the kitchen and at the table.”
--Cherry Bombe

“Equally enthralling as her recipes is Thorisson’s seemingly effortless conjuring of a rustic dream life, often exquisitely illustrated by her husband’s photography…”
—Vogue

“If you’ve ever read Mimi Thorisson’s blog, Manger, you know what it is to envy her life, full of long walks through the French countryside with her children and seeming endless brigade of dogs, which end at home with bushels full of produce that she effortlessly turns into feasts, all cassoulets and tarts and roasts and good wine to wash it all down. But if you’re going to buy one aspirational cookbook this fall, it’s Mimi’s—because you’ll actually take on many of her recipes, and absorb a bit of her style of entertaining in the process.”
—Food52.com

“Mimi Thorisson’s picture-perfect life would almost be too idyllic to bear if she weren’t so generous: This lovely home cook willingly shares culinary secrets in her popular blog of two and a half years, Manger, along with a host of classic French recipes in a brand-new cookbook, A Kitchen in France. She leads her life with enviable style, from mothering seven children and wrangling the family’s 14 dogs to elegantly serving up a cognac-infused coq au vin.”
—InStyle

"You''ll want to live in Mimi Thorisson''s A Kitchen In France. The beautifully shot book includes decadent dishes such as butternut squash gratin and crepes with salted-butter caramel."
—Self
 
“In this warm and inviting collection, Thorisson…brings readers into her farmhouse in Médoc… [W]hile the appeal of this collection rests firmly on its recipes, the incredible photographs capture life in the French countryside. Sidebars on everything from dried grapevines and wine to garlic and visits to the butcher add little details that transport the reader to this bucolic, idyllic world where Thorisson is the perfect host.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
“No slave to received wisdom, Thorisson has tinkered with [Médoc’s] outstanding seasonal meats, vegetables, and fruits to generate a very personal sort of cuisine, which she now shares with her devotees.”
—Booklist

“Mimi Thorisson’s gorgeous new book, A Kitchen in France, is a charming window into an idyllic life in Médoc. While we can’t all live in a beautiful farmhouse surrounded by lush woods, handsome children, and inquisitive terriers, at least we can now re-create at home our own slice of heaven with Mimi’s delectable cherry clafoutis.”
—April Bloomfield, author of A Girl and Her Pig
 
“Mimi’s book is an enchanting look at French-style country cooking, and it will make you run to the stove to re-create the delicious traditions it celebrates.”
—Clotilde Dusoulier, author of The French Market Cookbook

About the Author

MIMI THORISSON is the author of  French Country Cooking and  Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking and her life in the French countryside. She is the host of the French cooking shows  La Table de Mimi and  Les Desserts de Mimi. She lives with her husband, their children, and their smooth fox terriers in an old château in St Yzans, in the Médoc region of France.

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2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
ugh not again
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2021
the book content is superb...photos top notch ..paper printed on perfect. nice glossy as I like it. its a beautiful book to own. however the book I got from amazon was anything but beautiful. It arrived with the sleeve ripped and damaged in the back. I could choose to... See more
the book content is superb...photos top notch ..paper printed on perfect. nice glossy as I like it. its a beautiful book to own. however the book I got from amazon was anything but beautiful. It arrived with the sleeve ripped and damaged in the back. I could choose to take the sleeve off but on the book itself their is a small tear from the shipment. the bubble wrap was popped when it arrived. go figure. Does this shock me, sadly no. I have had to reorder and reorder some books from amazon but it is still disappointing to say the least. I am not ocd I just want a brand new looking book. I order only from amazon because of the great price but it is a headache. If you order heavy books from amazon expect damaged corners and wear and tear because they almost never package it correctly. So I ordered a new book but I don''t know if I really expect it to be better. If the new book isn''t any better than I will just keep the original one I am reviewing and take the sleeve off. But I love the image on the sleeve so that would be just sad.
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Vu Nguyen
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A treat for those who enjoys French home cooking
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2014
I first discovered Mimi''s blog, Manger, about a year ago when I was searching for a cherry clafoutis recipe. Ever since, I have been a faithful follower and couldn''t be more excited when she announced that her book was coming soon. If you''re a follower of the blog, you''ll... See more
I first discovered Mimi''s blog, Manger, about a year ago when I was searching for a cherry clafoutis recipe. Ever since, I have been a faithful follower and couldn''t be more excited when she announced that her book was coming soon. If you''re a follower of the blog, you''ll see her seasonal, unfussy approach to French home cooking reflected in this book.

At first glance, I was afraid most of the recipes were a little more involved since I had limited experience with French cooking. Having made some dishes from her blog before, I decided to peruse the book a few times before marking recipes that I was ready to take on. So far, I have made these dishes:

crepes with salted butter caramel (simple but delicious, you don''t need a crepe pan)
fava bean soup (I''ll skip the mint next time)
roast chicken with creme fraiche (amazing, I found that rubbing salt and pepper on the chicken first before rubbing the creme fraiche gave me better result, pair it with roasted potato for a complete meal)
pan-seared chicken breast with spring onions (I wasn''t too excited about this one, kind of bland compared to her other chicken dishes)
tomato tart (if you''re short on time, use store-bought crust. The crust got a little soggy so make sure to add extra flour at the bottom to absorb liquid from tomato)
mustard roasted poussins (I used chicken thigh. It''s becoming one of my favorite chicken recipes.)
butternut gratin (a new recipe for butternut squash, will definitely make this again for Thanksgiving or Christmas)

All of the recipes that I have tried so far are are well written and not too complicated for a home cook like myself.

I would love to try these recipes in the future: coq au vin, duck confit parmentier, aniseseed sweetbreads with glazed turnips, bouillabaisse, pistacho sabayon with strawberries and meringues, seared foie gras with grapes and figs, pork cheek raviolis with cepes, calvados and creme fraiche apple tart (would make a great dessert for Thanksgiving or Christmas), garden cake (when berries are in season again), coffee cream puffs, chestnut veloute, salted butter creme caramel, and chestnut ice cream.

Other recipes that seem interesting but probably unrealistic for me to hunt down the ingredients would be black locust flower fritters (wouldn''t even know where to get these), calves''s liver a la bordelaise (need a good butcher shop), and escargots a la bordelaise.

This is a wonderful collection of well written recipes from Mimi''s kitchen. I truly enjoyed her stories of food, people, and life in the French countryside. Her husband''s beautiful photography not only augmented her stories but transported me to Medoc. What makes her even more likeable is her embracement of her Chinese heritage and desire to introduce that to her children. The end of the book features a few recipes that she makes annually for Chinese New Year which I will definitely try since I haven''t made anything similar except for wonton soup.

My only gripe is thirty percent of the recipes in the book are found on her blog so this book gets 4 stars instead of 5 for the review--something to consider before buying this book. Overall this is a wonderful book for cooks who love French home cooking. This book is inviting, comforting, and full of soul. I was truly inspired to get into the kitchen and start cooking more French dishes.
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Karin B.
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How to have a beautiful (and photogenic) life....
Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2017
What a beautiful and motivational book.For me it is a trip down memory lane, reminding me of my European upbringing,growing what we could, sharing with neighbors. All our flatware was mismatched, plates and glasses were survivors of years and years of use and thoughtful... See more
What a beautiful and motivational book.For me it is a trip down memory lane, reminding me of my European upbringing,growing what we could, sharing with neighbors. All our flatware was mismatched, plates and glasses were survivors of years and years of use and thoughtful care to extend their life.

Of course it helps to have a handsome husband and beautiful children to create a little envy in the reader but everything else needed to set the stage for a picture perfect life can be found at estate sales, Ebay and animal shelters.Go adopt a dog, it will improve your life and get your children away from the screens.Start cooking when you have their attention. The dog will gladly eat the not so perfect results.
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Stormdancer
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I love this cookbook
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2016
I love this cookbook. The recipes are grouped seasonally, which is helpful for those who aspire to the Farm to Table lifestyle. The recipes I have tried have been quite good. After making a recipe a few times, I generally tweak it to more closely match my family''s tastes -... See more
I love this cookbook. The recipes are grouped seasonally, which is helpful for those who aspire to the Farm to Table lifestyle. The recipes I have tried have been quite good. After making a recipe a few times, I generally tweak it to more closely match my family''s tastes - for example, I use a little less butter in the Cherry Clafoutis, and add a touch of Nutmeg to the Onion Tart. I don''t think that reflects badly on the recipe, rather the opposite: I''m inspired to try something new and personalize it. The coffee table style of the book, with its stunning photographs and down-to-earth commentary is also a plus. The food is rustically beautiful, equally appropriate for quiet (or robust) family meals or to share with guests. The Roast Chicken with Crème Fraiche and Herbs, Mustard-Roasted Poussins, and Vegetable Tian are favorites.
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Big Sky
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This is after all, foremost a cookbook, right?
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2014
Eagerly anticipating this book, I poured a glass of wine when it arrived and read it cover to cover. The photographs are gorgeous, Miim and her family and home are gorgeous. I do wonder, however, how many of the 5 star reviews have actually cooked from the book. How can you... See more
Eagerly anticipating this book, I poured a glass of wine when it arrived and read it cover to cover. The photographs are gorgeous, Miim and her family and home are gorgeous. I do wonder, however, how many of the 5 star reviews have actually cooked from the book. How can you give a cookbook a 5 star review if you haven''t tried a single recipe,? One reviewer claims she loves every recipe in the book--the book was released just last week. I prepared the Onion Tart, the Butternut Squash Gratin and the Roast Chicken with Crème Fraîche and Herbs. I chose these recipes as they seemed most accessible to the home cook. The onion tart was overly sweet and lacked depth of flavor, the chicken was juicy but bland, and the butternut squash also lacked depth and seemed overly sweet. Mimi says to "slice" the garlic and the shallot for the chicken. Hmmm, look at the picture, the garlic and the shallot are chopped. I followed the recipe to the letter and the shallot was overly cooked while the sliced garlic was distributed unevenly. The food reserves two stars at best, the writing is self-absorbed and repetitive, but the stunning photography prompted me to give three stars. This is after all, foremost a cookbook, right?
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NY reader
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A FUN READ WITHOUT A LOT OF INFORMATION
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2020
THIS IS A PRETTY BOOK AND YET THERE IS SOMETHING LACKING
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marcella salazar
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Love
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2017
I saw this book at Barnes and Noble and it immediately caught my eyes, so when I looked at the price, I was devastated that it was $40. I went home and tried to find it online, and it almost half the original cost. I purchased the book after some good reviews. I can say... See more
I saw this book at Barnes and Noble and it immediately caught my eyes, so when I looked at the price, I was devastated that it was $40. I went home and tried to find it online, and it almost half the original cost. I purchased the book after some good reviews. I can say that the book itself is lovely. The pictures are amazing, and I have tried some of the recipes and learned some new tricks. I even have it on display in my kitchen on a cookbook stand.

I gravitated to the soups she covers. Really really great book!
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DL
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Well written, photography is lovely. clearly a labour of love
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2020
This is book is lovely. the recipes seem a bit intimidating at first but are well described and easier than it may first seem. If given the opportunity to change one thing - it would be to add timing - prep and cook - it helps with planning. however I can''t wait to get... See more
This is book is lovely. the recipes seem a bit intimidating at first but are well described and easier than it may first seem. If given the opportunity to change one thing - it would be to add timing - prep and cook - it helps with planning. however I can''t wait to get cooking..
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Lucia
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Beautiful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2016
As a lover of all things French and a lover of cooking, this book is an absolute gem. Can''t wait to try out these recipes. Everything looks wonderful. The photos are beautiful and is all in all a gorgeously presented cookbook.
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Réka Rattner
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Rural French food in arm''s length
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 27, 2018
I''m so glad to have this unique cookbook in my vast collection. Mimi is a fantastic cook and her husband makes beautiful photos, which transfer immediately to their cosy country life with their lovely family and constantly present dogs. The recipes are well written, the...See more
I''m so glad to have this unique cookbook in my vast collection. Mimi is a fantastic cook and her husband makes beautiful photos, which transfer immediately to their cosy country life with their lovely family and constantly present dogs. The recipes are well written, the canelés turned out great, as they should: crunchy outside and moist inside. This is a must for foodies and the fans of French cuisine.
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The Bont
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Inspirational book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 1, 2015
My wife and I enjoy cooking and this is full of beautiful recipes and inspiration. Well worth the money. Beautiful photography too.
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Adrian Lidington
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Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2017
Beautiful book, and tasty recipes. Love it.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2015
Brilliant cookbook, well written and with reliable recipes
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A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online

A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking new arrival in My Farmhouse: A wholesale Cookbook online