Rachel Khoo The Little Paris Kitchen cook book

The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo is a wonderfully written cookbook that screams out for us all to slow down in our culinary rush to all that is modern and remember a little about how we got to where we are today.

Years back British food and ingredients would not what be anything like what we have available now. French cooking and cuisine was way ahead of anything we had experienced, only those able to frequent the five star French restaurants or those visiting France could enjoy such high standards. Times have changed and cuisine in the UK is very advanced – from the small to the large restaurants and various food joints, also this trend is reflected in cooking at home.

With TV cooking shows and cook books all advancing the level of our home cooking in Italian food, Curries and baking – what happened to French food?

Rachel provides an answer and calls us to consider 120 French recipes that are real French food and available to us all, not only in the specialist French restaurants of in France itself.

The Little Paris Kitchen cook book has a number of sections:

  • Everyday cooking
  • Snack time
  • Summer Picnics
  • Dinner with friends and family
  • Sweet treats
  • French basics
  • Cook’s notes

Rachel walks us through how she discovered the recipes and introduces the butcher, the baker and wine guide.

For each recipe Rachel discusses the background to the dish, lists the ingredients, gives a clear step by step guide to how to prepare the dish and includes tips for using the ingredients or varying the contents of the dish.

Some of the dishes in the book are:

  • Fig and chicken liver salad
  • Warm potato and apple salad with black-pudding crumbs
  • Pistou soup
  • Smokey fish bake
  • Steak tatare
  • Spring lamb stew
  • Pancakes with a caramel sauce
  • Citrus fruit cake
  • Bacon and egg tart
  • Olive bread
  • Rabbit liver pate
  • Beef bourguignon
  • Coq au vin

Read more about Rachel Khoo’s Littel Paris Kitchen cook book and see comments about the contents of the book.

TV Show: with amazing music.

Visit Rachel Khoo’s web site to read about the six part TV series on BBC2 that aired from the 19 March 2012 and see how to make a Croque Madame muffin, a visit to the top of the Grand Palais, the bread maker Christophe Vasseur, making Boeuf Bourguignon with baguette dumplings, visit Rungis, Europe’s largest wholesale food market, creating a Mousse au Chocolat,  see the art of oyster shucking and make a Soupe au pistou. A listing of the music appearing on the show is included.