The book begins with an introduction about the author, Mimi Thorisson. How she cam to be where she is today and a little about her food blog, Manger. The recipe section of the book is divided by seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each season is further divided into Starters, Main Courses, and Desserts.
I marked a few to try from each section:
Spring: Roast Asparagus with Chervil; Roast Chickens with Creme Fraiche and Herbs.
Summer: Soup au Pistou; Garlic Mashed Potatoes; Cherry Clafoutis.
Autumn: Pumpkin Soup; Potatoes a La Lyonnaise.
Winter: Eggs in Cocotte with Mushrooms; Roasted Sausages with Red Wine and Fennel.
As you can see I gravitated towards the simpler recipes. I admit I can be a lazy, unadventurous cook and there are quite a few recipes in this book that I probably won’t be trying. But for you more adventuresome types, she offers lots of options: Pork Cheek Ravioli with Cepes, Seared Foe Gras with Grapes and Figs, Escargots a La Bordelaise, Calves Liver a La Bordelaise, and Aniseseed Sweetbreads with Glazed Turnips – all might make it on your list.
Even though there are some recipes in this book that I probably won’t be trying, I still find plenty to love about this book. It will rest on the antique trunk next to me sofa, ready to be glanced through whenever I need a moment to recharge and dream of living in France.