My cookbook

A KITCHEN IN FRANCE, A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse
Published by Clarkson Potter / Random House October 28, 2014

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I love books. And as the years go by the better I realize how much they mean to me, they are the one thing I will never stop buying, no matter my age. Well, books and shoes. I have books next to my bed to get me through the night, all sorts of books spread across the house, books that remind me of my childhood, my school days, books that inspire me, lift my spirit, quench my curiosity. Books are an experience and an object put in one, and to put it simply, a good book is a treasure.

Of all my books the ones I love best are poetry books and cookbooks. I love a well travelled book of poems, one that’s had previous owners and has the scars to prove it. Words that are ever appropriate or relevant or uplifting printed on the paper of yesteryear. Or a beloved cookbook, one that takes me somewhere, to someone else’s kitchen, and shares what they love to make. One that gets a little splattered from use and has lots of notes stuck into it on little slips of paper, sometimes even notes scribbled into it.

So when I got the opportunity to write my own cookbook, it felt a bit like destiny. It has been a dream to write and work on this book. I have put my heart into it and many of my favorite recipes (which are the same thing). It tells the story of the food I can’t live without, the country I love and the people I share my life with. It is my life in food.

Love Mimi x

A few kind words about A Kitchen in France

“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

“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

“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

“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