If you’re anywhere but the City of Lights, bring Paris to you with our latest Book of the Month, The Little Paris Kitchen from Best Job Ever feature and food creative extraordinaire, Rachel Khoo. The peppy chef, food writer, consultant, and instructor took her love for French cuisine and serves it up in a beautiful, easy-to-follow volume. You don’t need to put on a white toque and learn a whole new language to enjoy this book. All you really need is a love for trying new things, for pretty photos, and for cheese.
Complete with an appendix of French basics such as stocks and sauces, and an address listing of Rachel’s favorite food finds in Paris, this book is fantastic for any level of chef. Many of the recipes only require the omnivore’s kitchen basics like butter, flour, eggs, and milk or cream. And, you definitely don’t need to be a professional chef to produce the delicious, hearty, and indulgent dishes.
The recipes elegantly highlight the often overlooked accessibility of classic French food. While many of the techniques are traditional (don’t worry, they’re definitely not as difficult as you might think), some recipes go outside the box. The French favorite Coq au Vin is made by taking the chicken out of the pot and putting it on skewers. A lot of the recipes are versatile, too, including Potato Nests and Quiche Lorraine that can be altered to your whims.
Lastly, Rachel’s prose throughout the book is as delightful as her sunlit full-color photographs. As mentioned above, many of Rachel’s recipes are updates on seasoned French favorites. She talks about the fact that she, a young Brit, was often given grief for not doing French “right.” However, she often won over skeptics. The personal connection she has with the food makes it more than just a cookbook, almost like a personal essay on the world’s most renowned cuisine.
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