Ever since I was a little girl I have been deeply passionate about food. My childhood was largely spent scurrying between the restaurants of Hong Kong, where I grew up, and the bistros of Paris and the south of France where we spent our holidays at my French grandmother’s. Food was constantly on my mind, I’m the girl who was always happiest at the table. After a life full of adventure and travel, a career in fashion, media and television, I settled down in Paris with Oddur, my Icelandic photographer husband, and we have been busy making babies ever since. We were already off to a good start, we each had children from before, I one and he two and now we have three together and one on the way. A big family needs a lot of space, not least when you have 4 terriers in Paris of all places. So we went looking for a bigger place to live, and found one … in Médoc. Moving to the country was not planned at all, but we took the leap and it’s been some sort of fairytale ever since – you should try it! I’ve been doing a lot of cooking in these last four years, to glowing reviews (my family are very kind) and around 2 years ago I felt the need to share my culinary experiences with some friends and perhaps a few others. So Manger was born and while the rest may not be history it’s my story and my family’s. We are as happy as ever, up to no good, living with 14 amazing dogs, Fox Terriers, Jack Russell’s and one chocolate-colored German pointer called Gertrud. She thinks she’s a terrier by the way.
Is has been and continues to be such an amazing ride, I was fortunate enough to be asked to host a cooking show here in France on Cuisine+ based on the blog and one of my childhood dreams came true when I wrote cookbook called A kitchen in France. The book is published by Clarkson Potter/ Random House in New York
The book is still in the oven, so to speak, but all the cooking is done and now it just needs to rise. I’m very proud of it and it’s even available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The big day (publication date) is October 28 2014!
Note: All the photos are taken by my husband Oddur Thorisson.
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