My first impression of this cookbook was "Wow! What a heavy book!". While the index begins on page 300, the book seems so much bigger than that maybe due to the oversize pages. This book is quite the volume of French cooking. When I opened the book, I got my second and most lasting impression ~ how beautiful! You'll be enthralled by the gorgeous photographs of the French countryside, farmhouse, food, and family.
Oh, yes, there is food, too. The cookbook is divided into four section by seasons, spring through winter, which takes advantage of seasonal foods. Each season is set up menu-style with starters, main courses & sides, and desserts. The recipes will take you on a journey to France making this cookbook perfect for anyone who has dreamed of making the trip. For those of us who may never be able to make that trip, we are provided with a beautiful alternative ~ bringing France into our homes through this cookbook.
About the Author (from the Random House web site): MIMI THORISSON is the author of Manger, a blog devoted to French cooking that was named Saveur’s Best Regional Food Blog in April 2013. After a career in television and having lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, London, Reykjavik, and Paris, she settled with her photographer husband, their five young children, her two older stepchildren, and the family’s fourteen dogs in a farmhouse in Médoc. She is the star of the cooking shows La Table de Mimi and the upcoming Les Desserts de Mimi, both on Canal+ in France.
Visit Mimi Thorisson's blog, Manger, to see her work. Also, for more information on the cookbook, visit the Random House web site.
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this cookbook through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.