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As much a book of inspiration as a collection of over 250 uncommonly delicious recipes, French Farmhouse Cookbook captures the rustic and richly flavored farmhouse cooking that is the basis of French cuisine and a perennial inspiration of French chefs. The author visited and lived among farmers, cheesemakers, ranchers, and vintners from the Pyrénnées to Alsace-Lorraine, fr As much a book of inspiration as a collection of over 250 uncommonly delicious recipes, French Farmhouse Cookbook captures the rustic and richly flavored farmhouse cooking that is the basis of French cuisine and a perennial inspiration of French chefs. The author visited and lived among farmers, cheesemakers, ranchers, and vintners from the Pyrénnées to Alsace-Lorraine, from Normandy to Provence. The result is a stunning portrait in recipes, lively essays, and a wealth of astucesótips passed down through generations of cooks. Here are dishes prepared by lifelong cooks--not chefs--intended to satisfy, not impress. "Susan Loomis's new book is that rare thing: a cookbook that expresses accurately the milieu of its recipes. It is a timely and beautiful reminder that we have to connect back to the land in order to recover a sustainable future."--Alice Waters, author of Chez Panisse Vegetables. Main selection of the Book of the Month Club's Good Cook Club. 55,000 copies in print.


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As much a book of inspiration as a collection of over 250 uncommonly delicious recipes, French Farmhouse Cookbook captures the rustic and richly flavored farmhouse cooking that is the basis of French cuisine and a perennial inspiration of French chefs. The author visited and lived among farmers, cheesemakers, ranchers, and vintners from the Pyrénnées to Alsace-Lorraine, fr As much a book of inspiration as a collection of over 250 uncommonly delicious recipes, French Farmhouse Cookbook captures the rustic and richly flavored farmhouse cooking that is the basis of French cuisine and a perennial inspiration of French chefs. The author visited and lived among farmers, cheesemakers, ranchers, and vintners from the Pyrénnées to Alsace-Lorraine, from Normandy to Provence. The result is a stunning portrait in recipes, lively essays, and a wealth of astucesótips passed down through generations of cooks. Here are dishes prepared by lifelong cooks--not chefs--intended to satisfy, not impress. "Susan Loomis's new book is that rare thing: a cookbook that expresses accurately the milieu of its recipes. It is a timely and beautiful reminder that we have to connect back to the land in order to recover a sustainable future."--Alice Waters, author of Chez Panisse Vegetables. Main selection of the Book of the Month Club's Good Cook Club. 55,000 copies in print.

50 review for French Farmhouse Cookbook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terina

    I have a lot of cookbooks and this is one of my favorites! I've used it as a cookbook, but just finished reading it as a book. The anecdotes are so alive. You want to put the book down and either start cooking or plan your vacation (or move) to the French countryside. The author really makes you appreciate the simplicity of good cooking and fresh ingredients. I have a lot of cookbooks and this is one of my favorites! I've used it as a cookbook, but just finished reading it as a book. The anecdotes are so alive. You want to put the book down and either start cooking or plan your vacation (or move) to the French countryside. The author really makes you appreciate the simplicity of good cooking and fresh ingredients.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caity

    This was a really fun cookbook to read. The information about farms, farming techniques, and food were very interesting and I loved the personal touch of the farmer interviews. The recipes were a great mix of classic and unexpected and offered something for every occasion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liquidlasagna

    The Farmhouse Cookbook deals with American Farms The French Farmhouse Cookbook deals with Europe and are two different books And then there is the Italian Farmhouse Cookbook They are to be a trilogy, and we need an editor to separate the books

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A favorite. Great read, whether you cook or not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I met Susan Hermann Loomis when I attended her cooking school, On Rue Tatin, outside of Paris in the spring of 2007, and that's where I purchased her cookbook. And while it is over a decade old, it's still available from some retailers and is astonishingly relevant in 2008. Susan was on a mission to meet local farmers and purchase only the freshest local ingredients from farmers she knew and trusted to create authentic French recipes long before you heard about CSAs or grass fed beef here in Col I met Susan Hermann Loomis when I attended her cooking school, On Rue Tatin, outside of Paris in the spring of 2007, and that's where I purchased her cookbook. And while it is over a decade old, it's still available from some retailers and is astonishingly relevant in 2008. Susan was on a mission to meet local farmers and purchase only the freshest local ingredients from farmers she knew and trusted to create authentic French recipes long before you heard about CSAs or grass fed beef here in Colorado. She spent a good deal of time and energy seeking out these farmers in France and compiling a collection of recipes that reflect the bounty of that France has to offer and the simplicity of many farmhouse recipes. While the recipes I cooked while visiting On Rue Tatin were not exactly the ones contained in the book, they echoed the simplicity and authenticity of Susan's cookbook and I can tell by perusing the book that the recipes will be easy to make and delicious to taste. For an easy start, try the simple aioli with vegetables - we had this for dinner one evening in Louviers and it was suprisingly satisfying. Better yet, be adventurous and try something so very French as rabbit - I did!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    A longtime fan of Susan Herrmann Loomis, I was pleased to search out and finally find French Farmhouse Cookbook. Her cookbooks give you not only a recipe but a story to go with it - what a marvelous introduction to another culture. If you can't be in France this is a good alternative. Actually, Terina's review is much better and mirrors exactly what I would have said if I would have had the wherewithal. A longtime fan of Susan Herrmann Loomis, I was pleased to search out and finally find French Farmhouse Cookbook. Her cookbooks give you not only a recipe but a story to go with it - what a marvelous introduction to another culture. If you can't be in France this is a good alternative. Actually, Terina's review is much better and mirrors exactly what I would have said if I would have had the wherewithal.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    The stories in this alone would be worth reading, and the recipes are excellent too. I did not get to try very many yet, but all worked well and were delicious. So now it has to go back to the library, I guess it will have to go on my wish list!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Gass

    Thanks to Rancho Gordo's newsletter recommendation for this cookbook, I ordered a used copy, and I read every page. Loomis' descriptions of French farmhouse cooking and farming are mesmerizing. Makes me want to cook! Thanks to Rancho Gordo's newsletter recommendation for this cookbook, I ordered a used copy, and I read every page. Loomis' descriptions of French farmhouse cooking and farming are mesmerizing. Makes me want to cook!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Woodman

    I love love love to read this--the range of recipes--making jam with rose petals, making your own liquers, and the array of tarts give a real feel for French food in any town you would travel to

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Its very bad for you, but I've loved this cookbook for years. Its worn and stained with pumpkin pureé Its very bad for you, but I've loved this cookbook for years. Its worn and stained with pumpkin pureé

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janie

    the rhubarb crunch recipe is the bomb

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Schibley

    Now - very difficult cookbook to obtain, since it is out of print. I hope they run a new edition. Susan is great -her writing is witty and thoughtful. Her recipes are flawless.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Dee

    Her memoirs were more interesting than the cookbook

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rose Ann

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Saxton

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    ML

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    Lori

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