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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: 20.1 x 2.9 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (247 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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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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114 of 127 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Je ne sais quoi made easy 14 Mar 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
OK, this is going to sound like an excuse but for me, French Cuisine has always seemed like fancy food that takes forever to prepare and designed more for a dinner party than everyday use. This stereotype was reinforced when you start looking at the whole Michelin Star system and to be blunt, I've always thought that it wasn't for me. Yes I like my French Bread and my Pain Aux Raisins but for me the stereotype has proven to be one that's hard to do away with, especially when you also watch some of the cheffy things on the TV where they start talking big foreign words that you don't have a clue what they mean and the product that they serve is unrecognisable from what comes out from your own Kitchen. (That said, whenever I've been to France I do like to have a rummage around places like the Patisserie or the Chocolatiere as I do like a lot of their sweeter things, but on the whole I've always been intimidated by the whole thing.)

Luckily for me, this title by Rachel Khoo landed and whilst I'm still scared of it, I've found an absolute ton of recipes that are easy to prepare, taste divine and of course give me that "je ne sais quois" when I bring them out. Like Italian Cuisine (my comfort zone) the recipes depend on quality ingredients prepared quickly and served on completion. It can bring families together and it makes eating an experience to cherish. Back that up with food for all types of celebrations (be it a fancy meal or a picnic) and this title will allow you to really give it your all.

All in, it's a wonderful book and this does for French Cuisine what I want, it makes it accessable for anyone who likes to spend time in the kitchen as well as helping to remove the stuffiness alongside fear that the words French Cuisine normally conjures up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars It is more like a fashion magazine than a serious cookbook
To be honest, if you talk about French cuisine, both classic or modern, we will have (tons of) much better choices than Miss Khoo's book. Read more
Published 23 days ago by ansona
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Paris Kitchen
Was bought as a present and the recipient was thrilled to received it. He has made several dishes using the recipes from the book, and they were all first class. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Andrea P Read
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Loved watching the TV series and now I am going to enjoy creating my own little Paris Kitchen in London. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Helen Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy and delicious french food
I had never really been excited by french food, it always looked fussy and too rich. After watching the delightful Rachel on tv, I went and bought a copy of this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura Walsham
3.0 out of 5 stars Look before you buy
I was caught up in the hype and a couple of episodes of the TV series of this cook and her kitchen and bought the book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Multikulti
4.0 out of 5 stars Tidy compilation of real recipes
Better than some more complicated recipe books, this volume seems to be based on very real experiences. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. C. PETER
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Paris Cook book by Rachel Khoo
I was inspired by Rachel Khoo when watching her cook her lemon lavender chicken on a TV channel hence the reason I purchased the book culinary lavender lavender honey and lemon... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jayne Bhardwaj
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book with aspirational recipes
I bought this for my Francophile mother, who used to live in France. It's a stunning little book, which sells the dream of living in gay Paris. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Seraph
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Having bought 'My Little French Kitchen', I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book.
Beautifully presented, it adds to the BBC series of Rachel's cooking programmes, which... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emmet Q
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Perfect book, really good recipes, fantastic photos and get really fast.

Recommend this book to everyone who loves french cook
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Santos
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