Quaint photographs are the perfect backdrop to Rachel Khoo’s second cookbook, My Little French Cookbook. After finding success, and a television series, with The Little Paris Kitchen, Rachel packed her bags and ventured on a road trip to pay homage to the classic French regions (think Bordeaux, Provence, Lyon and Alsace, just to name a few). Brief introductions are given for each locality, showcasing not only the regions source of gastronomic pride, but small snippets of general history too.
The best news for those with small kitchens is that once her journey had finished, she returned home to her tiny Paris apartment with its “two gas rings and a mini oven, still no dishwasher in sight,” to develop the recipes for the book.
While her kitchen is small, Rachel’s enthusiasm is big, and so must yours be too. Many of the recipes require hours of cooking (Canneles, Sticky Cassis Pork Ribs and Nougat Mousse are tasty examples), or, in the case of her Xipister sauce, days. It isn’t all high maintenance though and time-poor cooks will find temporary relief in the Tomato Slices with Sardine Paste or Preserved Lemon Blinis, all ready in under 20 minutes.
My Little French Kitchen reminds the home cook of how varied French food can be depending on where in France it comes from. The book is an ode to the country Rachel loves and makes for a worthy addition to the collection of anyone who not only appreciates French food, but the country it hails from.