I have to say that - My Little French Kitchen - is one of the most beautiful books on French cooking I have ever seen. There is a lovely mix of stunning colour and black and white photography, hand drawn maps, over a 100 recipes from all regions in France and with a two page introduction on each region covered you really get an idea about what attracted Rachel to re-discovering various dishes.
In the book Rachel Khoo
writes charmingly about her latest project and that she was a woman
on a mission as she travelled around France on trains, by bus, by
cycle on foot and by minibus! He mission was to discover long
forgotten French recipes, made by regional grandmas. Rachel's travels
take her to Brittany, Bordeaux, Basque, Provence, Lyon and Alsace.
She also met food producers and artisans along her travels and
credits their knowledge and enthusiasms for and about regional food
in France for much of the inspiration in this book. She wasn't just
interested in the old recipes though she was also interested in what
foods and drinks the younger generations enjoy.
Every seductive page in this book
has your mouth watering and wishing you were in France enjoying the
dishes that Rachel has lovingly made. I really must try those sticky
cassis pork ribs with mint and broad bean couscous but then the Porc
et palourdes en cocotte looks darn good too and then again the
praline brioche may be just what I need for breakfast. And after
reading all about Christmas in Alsace I desperately feel the need to
head off to the mountains and jostle amongst the happy traditional
Christmas throngs in the Alsace city of Strasbourg whilst enjoying a
le knack sausage in a bun. Ooh la la!
Rachel Khoo's first
book – The Little Paris Kitchen – was a number one best seller
and after fervently browsing through the sumptuous pages of - My
Little French Kitchen – I could well see this one zooming to the
top of the booksellers charts and into the hearts of all things
French and of the lovely Rachel Khoo. The retail price is £20
and Amazon are offering it at around £12 at this time of writing.