Monday, January 13, 2014

Rachel Khoo's Little Paris Kitchen

Whenever I need some inspiration or courage to explain yet again why I’m a South-American, now American who chose to base her studies on European Affairs while living in a city predominantly latin-based (you’re lucky if anyone speaks to you in English), I look to those who have packed their bags, moved cities, and done incredible things with themselves.

In this case, I look to Rachel Khoo.

After working for a fashion brand doing PR and marketing, Rachel left her home in London to study pâtisserie in Paris at none other than Le Cordon Bleu. I discovered her when channel zapping led me past TLC reality shows and landed me on her BBC cooking show, The Little Paris Kitchen. I was marveled and hypnotized by her adorable, microscopic, Parisian kitchen and completely charmed by her exchanges with market vendors and street-side crêpe makers. And out of her kitchen in Belleville she ran La petite cuisine à Paris, serving lunch for two on Wednesdays and Saturdays in order to research her recipes for her cookbook bearing the same name.

Her approach is simple: turn heavy, notoriously complicated French cuisine, into easy, classic recipes with a twist you can do in a tiny oven if you had to. In this cookbook, you can find French classics from ratatouille to cassoulet and coq au vin, picnic and snacking recipes, and a wide array of daring desserts. As a big fan of adding pepper to sweets and mixing sweet and savory into one dish as much as I can, this book has tons of recipes that cater to my weirdness: grapefruit and pepper meringue tartlets, rosemary and rhubarb, lemon and lavender chicken, cake au fromage et pruneaux.


You can catch Rachel’s cooking series on the Cooking Channel every Tuesday and immerse yourself in Parisian picnic fantasies on Pont Saint-Louis, get her book, or test out a few recipes first.

Happy cooking!