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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 (273 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,363 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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105 of 108 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
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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After cooking off about 40 recipes from the book, here are some of my thoughts:

+ It's a great book for home cooking. DO NOT EXPECT FRENCH CLASSICS. Go get a Julia Child book if you'd like to spend 5 hours to make Coq au vin or things like that. This book is all about everyday (read: simpler, less flamboyant) dishes inspired by French cuisine. And it's for people who don't have or simply don't want to spend hours in the kitchen to cook. Simple, quick and reasonably delicious are the selling point of this book.

+ Most recipes are good. Some are great. I think my favourites are the Lamb stew, eggs in pots and chicken & mushrooms in white wine sauce. The Mac & Cheese is great too (yes, it hardly has anything to do with French cuisine. It's a dish Rachel claimed to have cooked for kids when she was working as a nanny)

- As in every other cookbook, it does have a few disappointing recipes. But I'd say only about 5 out of 40 recipes I've attempted fall into this "I regret making it" category. I think the disappointment was sometimes due to the lack of stock or seasoning (e.g. The Pistou soup and the Quiche Lorraine were quite tasteless...)

- Another problem is, I found that quite a few (about 10) recipes in fact took longer than the suggested baking time. I suspect it might be due to the fact that Rachel's using an oven smaller than most standard ovens here in the UK. I found that a few bloggers using RK's recipes experienced the same issue.

- I think this is a good collection of quick recipes. You're not going to learn a lot about food chemistry as in Heston Blumenthal's books. You won't know whats the best temperature to mix butter into cake batter.
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95 of 100 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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6 of 6 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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