Friday, October 02, 2015

Review: On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis

Title: On Rue Tatin - Living and Cooking in a French Town
Author: Susan Herrmann Loomis
Genre: Memoir/Non-fiction
Publication Date: 30th April 2002 (1st published 2001)
Pages: 320
Book Source: own purchase

Synopsis: Susan Loomis arrived in Paris twenty years ago with little more than a student loan and the contents of a suitcase to sustain her. But what began then as an apprenticeship at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine evolved into a lifelong immersion in French cuisine and culture, culminating in permanent residency in 1994. 

"On Rue Tatin "chronicles her journey to an ancient little street in Louviers, one of Normandy's most picturesque towns. With lyrical prose and wry candor, Loomis recalls the miraculous restoration that she and her husband performed on the dilapidated convent they chose for their new residence. As its ochre and azure floor tiles emerged, challenges outside the dwelling mounted. From squatters to a surly priest next door, along with a close-knit community wary of outsiders, Loomis tackled the social challenges head-on, through persistent dialogue-and baking. 

"On Rue Tatin "includes delicious recipes that evoke the essence of this region, such as Apple and Thyme Tart, Duck Breast with Cider, and Braised Chicken in White Wine and Mustard. Transporting readers to a world where tradition is cherished, "On Rue Tatin "provides a touching glimpse of the camaraderie, exquisite food, and simple pleasures of daily life in a truly glorious corner of Normandy.

My Thoughts:
If you're a regular on my blog you know I'm drawn to anything France & vaguely foodie related. On Rue Tatin may not be for everyone, some may even find the everyday minutia tedious but for someone dreaming of living in France it's a vicariously fascinating read. 

Seriously by the last page I was wondering who I'd have to kill bribe to make my dream a reality ;)

After doing a chef's apprenticeship in France, Susan returns to America but later moves to France with husband and son in tow to live the dream, while writing a book to celebrate French farmhouse cooking. 

Not just food related chatter, recipe testing (yes there are yummy/doable recipes included and I can't wait to try the famous Tarte Tatin) but all the details on their purchase and renovation of a dilapidated old convent in Louviers, Normandy, her son starting school, interactions with neighbours, friends and townsfolk, the cultural differences, surrounding countryside and life in general. 

Susan has written a number of cookbooks and her renovated convent home is also home to a successful cooking school. If I had a spare $3500 I'd do a 5 day class at On Rue Tatin. HA

A journal-style memoir highlighting Loomis' food passion, cooking locally and seasonally.

A book to be enjoyed with crusty bread and soft cheese *nom nom*




I'm also looking forward to reading Susan's new book In A French Kitchen, published May 2015



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19 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful, while I can not be included in the 'foodie' group, when it comes to cooking, I'd still enjoy her journey. So you never know a lotto ticked might make your dream come true - hope it does.

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    1. maybe I should increase my chances and actually buy a lotto ticket Kathryn lol

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  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhh food and France!! I would be in love!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I hear ya Julie ... until it happens it doesn't cost anything to dream :))

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  3. I love books like this. And I loved your review :)

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    1. thanks Mary ... any excuse to eat cheese haha

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  4. I really love Loomis and have several of her books. I read this one but still haven't reviewed it. May this month. :) Now where is my spare $4000 so I can take the class with you?

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    1. How cool that would be, hmm I'd better start watering the money tree in the back yard haha. looking forward to your review Beth, no pressure :)

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  5. Definitley going to hit up thelibrary for this one. Cheers from Carole's Chatter!

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    1. you're welcome, hope you enjoy it too Carole.

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  6. so adding this one to my TBR, kinda would love to read a book set in France <3

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    1. I'm kind of addicted to them Lily lol

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  7. Teddyree, I enjoyed this book too. We share the same dream of moving to France. Thanks so much for playing along with Dreaming of France today. Here’s my Dreaming of France meme

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    1. I love reading your posts Paulita, can't wait for you to make the move :)

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  8. I would enjoy reading both of these.

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