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On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,689 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
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 École 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
ebook, 320 pages
Published June 18th 2002 by Broadway (first published 2001)
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Nov 12, 2008 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went through a phase where all I read were books about ex-pats. I guess I spent alot of the Bush years fantasizing about living in other countries...but I digress. This is a fun read in that vein.
Sep 30, 2011 minervasowl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book while sitting outside on a temperate spring or summer day with a tree or umbrella nearby for shade and while enjoying fresh crusty bread, soft, flavorful cheese, and a chilled glass of wine (perhaps sparkling, perhaps a lighter sauvignon blanc, or whatever your palette fancies).

The day will fly by as you relax into the stories and recipes. The subtitle really should be "Living, cooking and restoring an historic home in a French Town" as the story of the acquisition and renovation
I really want to move. Would never, ever work but this book totally made me dream.
Oct 13, 2015 Sheree rated it really liked it
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
Kathleen Valentine
This started out really good but bogged down toward the end -- it seemed she was trying a bit too hard to find things to write about by the last few chapters. But most of the book is very entertaining. I found her chapters about the discovery of the old convent, the process of purchasing it, and the restoration quite wonderful. And I very much enjoyed her descriptions of village life and learning to get along with the quirky, eccentric neighbors. I had just read I'll Never Be French which is als ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Marg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It won't be that much of a surprise to any frequent visitors to my blog to find out that I was instantly attracted to a book that is set in France and features lots of food related stories. This isn't the first time that combination catches my attention, and I expect it won't be the last time either.

This book is a foodie memoir by Susan Loomis who has lived in France for many years now and who has written numerous cookbooks as well as running a cooking school in the small town of Louviers in Nor
Mar 11, 2010 Di rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yes
This book is written very simply and almost journal like at times, and sometimes rambles on a bit too much about daily routine, but I admit to being easily persuaded to delve into the simple pleasures of French country living and ignore what scholars may deem bad writing. I’m a pushover when it comes to market shopping, pasties and coffee in quaint cafes, and the remodel of an ancient monastery. There are also recipes included which I am anxious to try. If you can stand an entire chapter on buyi ...more
Jennifer Forest
Apr 12, 2012 Jennifer Forest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A delightful read, the perfect book to wind down with at the end of a busy day. I loved her story of buying a house in France (an American with a husband and child) and uncovering friends and life with family there. There are a lot of books in this genre, my local library seems to be bursting at the seams with them. But this one was refreshing in her focus on people, her own family and the friends she meets and the everyday things they do, like her son starting school. I actually found her story ...more
Leigh  Kramer
Mar 31, 2015 Leigh Kramer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How is it possible to paint a dreamy yet realistic vision of life in France? Loomis drew me in from the start and while I'm not going to pack my bags for Paris quite yet, she did have me considering the possibilities of life abroad. Oh, to have a life revolving around food and restored convents like them!
Oct 22, 2012 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of ex pat literature and France
Shelves: memoirs, france
On Rue Tatin by Susan Herrmann Loomis is another French ex-pat type memoir that combined cooking and recipes. Win-win for me!

Most times I travel through the written word, through books instead of airline terminals…….so many reasons.

Much of what I enjoy is the detailed descriptions of the sites and history, paired with the local food. From afar I have fallen in love with France, as did Susan Herrmann Loomis. I visited France about 100 years ago when I was a young pup of 21. Culture shock aside, I
Jan 06, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
I don't know if this author was trying to paint a picture of her life as perfect, or if she's just looking back on her life with rose-colored glasses.

I didn't really feel like I got to know any of the characters- most everyone seemed pleasant enough. The few people with whom she had conflicts were quickly won over in a very Anne-of-Green-Gables kind of way. She mentioned being broke a couple of times, yet somehow managed to move abroad, buy a 15-room house, send her son to private school, and b
Nov 13, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why do we read this type of text except for a vicarious thrill and the gleaning of little details of French life? I can't understand the sometimes negative reviews here. This isn't a work of fiction and these people seem to be reading it in the wrong spirit if they expect it to be. For what it is, a chronicle of one woman and her family's life in France. I found it enjoyable and would recommend it. If a few readers are by now jaded thinking it yet ANOTHER Peter Mayle, Ann Barry, et al. tale, wel ...more
Kathleen Kosiec
Jan 23, 2016 Kathleen Kosiec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminds me of Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun. Beautiful food writing and the descriptions of the renovation process on an old house were very interesting.
Feb 03, 2015 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to find out more about France and how living there can be totally inconvenient especially if you're a americaine stupide that buys a wreck of a place...
Oct 29, 2015 Kathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read yet another book about living in France. On Rue Tatin is very similar to Elizabeth Bard's Lunch in Paris and Picnic in Provence...or to be exact it is actually the other way around! I did not fall in love with this book. I guess I have difficulty understanding those who go through life without a plan. Loomis first moved to France for an apprenticeship at a cooking school. She borrowed $2500 and that was the extent of her plan. Of course, everything was perfect. She marries an America ...more
Feb 08, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a Francophile trapped in the Midwest, I enjoyed every minute of the author's transformation to a life in Normandy, France. I now own the book so I can enjoy browsing through it anytime. If you enjoy quaint villages, charming characters, home redos, and also the craziness of family life reconstruction in a new place, WITH recipes, what could stop you from loving On Rue Tatin?
Apr 13, 2010 WR rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another of the France books that I've been reading in quick succession. This one was kinda 'random', it was almost as though the author was literally writing the story of her move to France. Not particularly exciting/eventful (except right at the end), and with no particular theme running through it. Even the recipes were kinda random. Easy reading, but not great.
Becky Hanlin
I found this book by chance while perusing the library shelves and I'm glad I did. It was the perfect, light, enjoyable read that I was looking for. I thoroughly enjoyed getting a first-hand look at the French culture and how Susan Herrmann Loomis adapted to living there. There were so many things that they do and don't do that are totally different from the American culture. For instance, they have no idea what a baby shower is, and when she went to the hospital to give birth to her 2nd child, ...more
Jul 04, 2013 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Building out my goodreads list with my faves...years ago I read an article about this PNW writer who moved to France with her family to realize her dreams. When I finally read this book, I found her description of the process enchanting. And the food...OMG!
Jo Barton
This is a nicely done story of French life which looks at the small quirks that make up the minutiae of day to day living. Interspersed with culinary tit bits this is one of those lovely little stories which you can dip into and out of at whim and still find something interesting to read.

The author, Susan Loomis talks about her decision to move to France in 1980, and of her early start as a student of French cuisine ,through to her subsequent marriage to Micheal Loomis, and of their decision to
Apr 08, 2010 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this as a nice evening read. The author worked with Patricia Wells and had an enchanting live moving to France. Some nice recipes and included.
Sarah Clifton
My rating 3 1/2

A very interesting read that includes recipes which I am willing to try out - writing sounded a bit like a journal or diary as it's a recount of the author's life in France. Exactly what it's labeled on the front cover: living and cooking in a small French town. I took off a star and a half because even though I enjoyed it some parts made me feel sleepy and it took me a while to finish the book. Probably because it was written in a different context than what i'm use to and becaus
Sep 16, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The descriptions of life in a town in Normandy made me want to parachute myself into the author's life. Everything she needed within walking/bicycling distance, and the quality of food available in that town was incredible. This book was published in 2001, and the author had just had a second child, her daughter Fiona, at the age of 43. I'd love to know how the family are doing now and whether they are still living in Louviers, and what their first child Joe is doing. And also h ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On Rue Tatin is a pleasant memoir about an American family’s life in Louviers, France, a small village in the Normandy region of northern France. The author, Susan Loomis, is a cookbook writer and culinary-school instructor, and much of the book charts her discovery and development of recipes. Through Loomis’s experiences of daily life with her husband and young son, and their interactions with their neighbors, friends, and local merchants, the reader learns much about the cultural differences b ...more
Feb 10, 2009 Mom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: would-be emigrants, mothers-to-be
Recommended to Mom by: found in resale store in Seoul, S.Korea
This memoir is by a writer and cookbook author who emigrated from Maine to a French town to start afresh in the country where she had studied as a new college graduate. In between she had lived on both coasts of the U.S. with her husband, and son, a toddler at the time of the "big move".

They embarked on renovating a beautiful neglected house, a convent for 300 years, overlooking the Catholic church and priest's dwelling. That underway, they entertained in a setting of delicious food, country ma
Elysia Fionn
Okay, I will take credit for PART of the reason I am coming over all "meh" about this book. The part that's my fault is this: After reading the author's gushing comment about seeing her "breathtakingly handsome" husband for the first time, I put the book down and Googled the husband. What I came up with was a photo of the husband, and no, I didn't think he was attractive, but that's beside the point. What I found out was that after this book was written, they got divorced. Which made me loath to ...more
May 03, 2008 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-writing
I love food writing, and I love travel writing, and I love France, so you'd think this would be an ideal book for me. While it had me dreaming of packing in the suburban lifestyle and moving somewhere a bit more idyllic, the really self-satisfied tone was a bit grating. Of COURSE she found a dream job after finishing culinary school in Paris, and then of COURSE she met the love of her life who was delighted to move to Paris, and then of COURSE the perfect home just happened to be available when ...more
This is one of my least favorite food memoirs I've read. A lot of focus was how they fit into their small French village. Yet, I felt she aired a little bit too much of their dirty laundry; the florist across the street kept their wares in their yard, and being next to a Catholic church, their yard was used by parishioners. While perhaps her ultimate goal was to show how they were able to keep these people out of their private yard and how they came to fit their lives into France, I feel they ca ...more
A Glimpse into French Life

I purchased this book because I am interested in her French Farmhouse cookbook and wanted a glimpse into life of an American living in France. The book was more telling than showing so you feel quite separated from her experiences but the stories give you a little glimpse into French society. Her recipes sounds wonderful and I will be ordering the cookbook.
Jul 17, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who dream of living in France
Prior to my trip to France in May 2007, I went to the Boston Public Library and raided the shelves for all of its book on life in France. Even if my vacation was 5 months away, I wanted to be in France immediately. And this book certainly did that for me. It details the life of a woman, who with her husband in tow, decides to make a life in France. Its goes through her house hunting, then house remodeling, to finally just her life amongst the French people. I this book is a great study of how th ...more
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