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The Little Paris Kitchen: Classic French recipes with a fresh and fun approach [Hardcover]

Rachel Khoo
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15 Mar 2012
Rachel Khoo serves up a modern twist on classic French cooking. Rachel Khoo was determined to get to grips with French cooking, so to learn more she moved to Paris, not speaking a word of French, and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu, the world-famous cookery school. Six years later, she still lives and works in Paris, cooking up a selection of classic French dishes from all over the country and giving them a fresh makeover with her own modern twists. From a Croque Madame muffin and the classic Boeuf bourguignon, to a deliciously fragrant Provencal lavender and lemon roast chicken, Rachel celebrates the culinary landscape of France as it is today and shows how simple these dishes are. The 120 recipes in the book range from easy, everyday dishes like Omelette Piperade, to summer picnics by the Seine and afternoon 'gouter' (snacks), to meals with friends and delicious desserts including classics like Creme brulee and Tarte tatin. It's a book that celebrates the very best of French home-cooking in a modern and accessible way. Real French food is no longer something only served in fancy restaurants; Rachel will show how you can add a little French culinary touch to your everyday life at home, no matter where you are in the world, or how big your kitchen is!

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718158113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718158118
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 19.4 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (256 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 'little kitchen' concept might be a considerable hindrance to most chefs, but Khoo has made the most of it. (New York Times 2011-04-04)

Rachel is an inventive chef ... who runs [supperclubs] to show off her immense culinary skill (Huffington Post 2009-05-25)

The fabulous fairy godmother of French cuisine (Easy Living)

A fresh approach to classic cuisine (Sun)

About the Author

After graduating from Central Saint Martin's College with a degree in Art and Design, British food writer Rachel was lured to Paris to study patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu. From there she worked at La Cocotte, where she concocted delicious sweet treats and hosted cookery classes. Rachel shot to fame when her TV series, The Little Paris Kitchen, was broadcast by BBC and subsequently internationally. Her beautiful tie-in cookbook and the follow-up, My Little French Kitchen, have been published around the globe. Rachel now travels the world working on a variety of projects, including a weekly recipe column for the Evening Standard.

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102 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good food, good fun 30 April 2012
By A. Byrnes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is just my sort of cookery book. I usually avoid celebrity chefs, but I caught one of her shows on BBC1 by accident a couple of weeks ago and I really admired the simple approach, the emphasis on good quality ingredients and the truly celebrationary results. I though that the book would be a risk because so many of these celebrity chef books focus as much on the chef as on the food, but this turned out to be wonderfully food-orientated.

The recipes are excellent. They are all relatively simple, the ingredients are realistic (none of them either ridiculously expensive or too difficult to find), and there is always some edge to them that gives even the most familiar dishes an unusual touch (like the cauliflower bake with hazelnut crunch crust, which is so much more than cauliflower cheese, the three-coloured shepherd's pie, which is topped with pumpkin, mash and parsley mash, and bbq coq au vin on skewers). Some of the recipes come with a tip for varying it (for example, a Japanese twist to steak tartare).

Most importantly for me, all of the main recipes are accompanied by a good photograph so that you can see what the end result is supposed to look like. The photography is good. The "basics" section of sauces, dressings and stocks does not have photographs, but that doesn't much matter.

Each recipe is given its French title, followed by the English translation. There is a paragraph of chat about the recipe, followed by a list of ingredients and directions for making it up.

The recipes offer a great variety of flavours and ingredients. I can see myself living happily out of this book for quite a long time!

There is an introduction by Rachel Khoo, but it only takes up a page and a half.
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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously yummy 11 April 2012
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I received this book only yesterday morning, and I have already made three of the recipes. The oeufs en cocotte, the croque madame muffins and the chicken liver and fig salad. All three were extremely simple to make and tasted delicious.
I love french food, but even though I have a pretty large collection of recipe books, I only have 2 other french ones, and haven't really used them other than for cassoulet and confit duck. The moment I opened this book, I was charmed by the design and layout of the book, especially all the little illustrations. The recipes in the book look, for the most part, fairly simple to make, and i have now got post-it markers on pretty much every other page of the book. Another winner for me is that the ingredients for most of the recipes are inexpensive, a definite bonus in the current economic climate.

Cheap, easy-to-make, delicious food, in a lovingly designed book that's fun to read. I will definitely be recommending this to friends!
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 10 Dec 2012
By red0209 TOP 500 REVIEWER
The first thing that strikes you about this book is that a lot of thought has gone into making it look as good as it possibly can. The food photography is exceptional, the layout of the pages is really good, the typefaces used work really well, the dust jacket (cover) is well designed and there are some neat little drawings of ingredients on the inside covers with their French names attached. I like how every recipe is well laid out, telling you how many people it serves at the top of the page, as well as the preparation and cooking times at the bottom of the page. Having the name of the recipe in French as well as English is a nice touch too. The ingredients are spelled out in a red typeface so that they stand out from the rest of the page. The title on the cover is even a glossy white label that has been attached to the paper dust jacket. There are probably a few too many double page spreads within the book containing photographs of Rachel Khoo, but I suppose it all adds to the overall feel of the book. Clearly the content of a book is much more important than how it looks, but I'm sure that you'll sell more books if they look good.

The content is very good too. There are a wide enough variety of recipes to suit everyone's taste I would think. Not many of them are standard recipes that you'd find in dozens of other books either. When a recipe is a little more complicated, the book does not try to squeeze everything onto one page, and is happy to spill over onto the next one if necessary. There is also an explanation on how to make standard stocks, sauces and pastry cream at the end of the book. I think I've tried about seven sweet recipes and five savoury ones so far and all of them have worked pretty well for me. I think that the desserts are a particular highlight of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air ... 30 Jun 2012
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I was whiling away a boring weekend when I stumbled upon Rachel's tv-show on iPlayer, instant addiction followed. Her genuine enthusiasm for food, her sunny disposition was infectious - this was food I wanted to eat, more than that, this was food that I wanted to try making. And this enthusiasm and infectious disposition comes across on the page of the book, with dozens of recipes to attempt - or even, as Rachel would suggest herself, to build upon in your own experiments. I've made two of the recipes from the book in the first month of having it, and the rest of the book is dotted with post-its indicating the new recipes that I want to try - though I definitely want to repeat the ones I've made too. One of my favourite cookery writers at the moment, genuine and infectious like Rachel Allen and Mary Berry, I hope we see more from her - and soon!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Very nice recipes. I bought this a while ago and ...
Very nice recipes. I bought this a while ago and use it a lot. Offers you a glimpse into how the French live by using good quality but simple ingredients that give little surprises... Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. Lua Leggett
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly and packaged well. Already been making a ...
Arrived quickly and packaged well. Already been making a recipe or two and they're going down a storm! Definitely worth a purchase!
Published 5 days ago by JIMBO!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by Dr James Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
Nice book but some of the recipes are not for my liking. I would view her books (in book shops) before buying them online in future.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. J. H. Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars So good, I bought it twice...
... Once for myself, and a second time for a friend. Lovely layout, interesting recipes that a spin on Classic French cuisine, and a very pretty book to boot.
Published 18 days ago by V. Hayrabedian
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
this book is ok I have only tried a couple of the recipes It doesnt really stand out as being that french to me but maybe we are all getting so familiar with continental foods its... Read more
Published 29 days ago by marilyn hall
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read
Great recipes and lots of information on where to eat and buy produce in Paris. Enjoyed reading about how Rachel started and became a success
Published 1 month ago by John Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Khoo
I bought this book on the strength of the TV show. She is quirky and original and I really like that. Her recipes are great though some I have found are difficult to produce. Read more
Published 1 month ago by philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!
Bought this for my husband after we watched her cooking series, it's great, she's great.
We have used some of the recipes and they work well. Give it a go.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs L Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit fussy
I find some of the recipes a bit fussy and have been disappointed in a couple of the sweet recipes that I have followed to the letter but have not turned out to my satisfaction.
Published 2 months ago by sandra robertson
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