When I was last picking a book from *Blogging for Books to review I came across A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson. I just couldn’t pass this book by. Not only was the cover gorgeous, but I loved the thought of seasonal recipes from a true French country kitchen.
This book did not disappoint. I have many cookbooks, and there are many more that I want, yet I must say that this is my favorite. I love reading the stories throughout, about her childhood in Hong Kong, years in Paris, and life in Médoc with her family and fourteen dogs. The photos by her and her husband are gorgeous, and I love the respect she has for each ingredient. This book inspires me.
Not only am I highly anticipating trying out all of her recipes, but it also inspires ideas for my own recipes. While reading through all the stories and notes that fill A Kitchen in France I kept daydreaming of garden parties with loved ones. Maybe one in late spring with her recipes for artichoke tartlets, tomato salad with parsley and shallots, and almond gazpacho, along with a glass of **champagne. Later on after lunch has been over for a while I could bring out a plate of colorful macarons (recipe not in the book) and trays of lattes made from freshly roasted coffee. If it was autumn I could serve her pork cheek ravioli with cèpes, butternut gratin, and chocolate meringue swirls with chocolate sauce and crème chantilly, along with **red wine.
Of course I had to test out one of her recipes. Not only for this review, but because I’ve been dreaming of the many flavors. I was originally going to make her delicious looking onion tart, but rolling out puff pastry crust sounded difficult to do with the sole use of one arm. However, the other night I was in need for a little baking therapy, so I decided to splurge and try out the meringue swirls.
Simply put, they were amazing. Mine didn’t turn out as gorgeous as her’s, but I gave myself a little grace since I only had one arm. While eating mine I couldn’t stop imagining the many different flavor combination. I loved the outer crunch of the meringue with the denser, almost candy bar nougat-like interior. It paired perfectly with the chocolate sauce and whipped cream. I shall be using this recipe many times in the future.
Do you have a favorite cookbook or food blogger? Do you find baking or cooking therapeutic?
*This book was provided to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are, and forever will be, my own.