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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (17 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500514453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500514450
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a brilliant book packed with ideas for all types of typical French kitchens. We are restoring a house in France and wanted inspiration to fit a proper French kitchen and this book has bucket loads of ideas from the units to the details that really give an authentic finish. From modern to traditional, every taste is catered for.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Kitchens to Cherish 27 Dec 2008
By Chandler Place - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kitchens To Cherish

I bought this book after reading a New York Times review that mentioned that the book featured kitchens in the French countryside that were "cherished." Now I cherish this book! It presents a very interesting selection of kitchens from Paris to the Berry to Provence, and they're not all fancy, designer-created affairs seen in high-end catalogues and glossy interior magazines. Each one seems to have its own personality and style, and an interesting story to go with it. I especially liked the quirky kitchen in Clermont-Ferrand where everything, even the appliances, is on wheels, and the chapter featuring three tiny, charming kitchens, because it gives me lots of ideas about how to upgrade my own small space. I also found the chapters that define various elements of French country style - the tiles, the colors, the furniture - helpful and fun to leaf through.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An Evocative, Beautiful Book 3 Feb 2009
By Aperture Alchemy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I truly wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I've been visiting France since I was a child and love the country, so I was thrilled to receive this book. It reminds me of so many places where I was welcomed and had great meals. The photographs are very evocative and beautifully detailed, and the text eloquently and artfully explains the thought processes behind each kitchen design, which I found interesting. In the back of the book is an informative source listing for fabrics, tiles, furniture, and even rentals in France. I recommend this book to both armchair travelers and designers as a source of inspiration and a buying guide.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful 26 Feb 2009
By A. Kunz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have never written a review on Amazon before even though I have spent many hundreds of dollars buying books from them. But this book has inspired me to do so. I quite simply adore this book. I read it cover to cover, poring over each picture on every page. Now I browse through it on a regular basis.

The kitchens are all authentic French kitchens, most quite rustic. The author spends several pages highlighting each of 20 kitchens showcased. They are separated into five sections: A Taste for Tradition, Stylish Simplicity, Rustic Country, Small but Full of Soul, and Contemporary Country. There was not one kitchen I disliked, and several I can't stop thinking about. I loved the fact that the last page of every kitchen was a recipe from the owner.

I'm not a Francophile. I went to France once and can't say I was overwhelmed. But obviously I was visiting the wrong places.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not a Rooster in Sight! 4 Feb 2011
By GWTW46 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a book about country kitchens in France, not about kitchens in the US that wish they were in France. It's filled with great photos and very good explanations about how the French work in their kitchens. The photos and writing reveal the differences in how the French shop for food, how they eat, and how they live in their kitchens. Very little granite, often not too pretty in the USA sense, the book picture charming collections and methods of organizing.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Charming Book for Francophiles among us+ 10 Feb 2010
By Magickal Merlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I found this book quite adorable.People that want to enjoy the art of cooking,should read this book.It has so many great ideas for enhancing the average kitchen.If you're not into quality chef cooking,you're really missing out on the good life.You don't have to go into the busy city or town square to enjoy a quality dining experience.For many years French cooking was pushed off to the back burner,in favour of frozen dinners or fast food.This book is for anyone who wants to bring the charming ornamental decor of the French country-styled kitchens into their our kitchen design.And authentic gastronomic French recipes included,for breakfast and lunch,and of course dinner.With the reprint of Julie Child's ,'Art of French Cooking',I think many are discovering the pleasure of good dining once again.This kitchen design cookbook is the perfect plus for anyone's culinary pursuit of the finest gourmet experience.
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