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The Little Paris Kitchen

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,809 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Rachel Khoo serves up a modern twist on classic French cooking

Rachel Khoo was determined to get to grips with French cooking, so to learn more she moved to Paris, not speaking a word of French, and enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu, the world-famous cookery school. Six years later, she still lives and works in Paris, cooking up a selection of classic French dishes from all over t
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published 2012 by Michael Joseph
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Ricki Treleaven
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This week I've been reading and cooking recipes form The Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple but Classic French Recipes by Rachel Khoo. I thought this book might be a little more like My Berlin Kitchen and Apron Anxiety, but it's less of a memoir and more of a recipe book than the two others.

Rachel Khoo was living in London working as a fashion publicist when she decided to move to Paris and earn a degree from the prestigious Cordon Bleu. In her book, Rachel aims to make French cuisine more accessi
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
I freely admit that I'm a francophile. I heart all things France: the food, the art, the people, the culture, the joie de vivre well... you get the picture. This translates into having a number of French cookbooks. Also, I should disclose that Rachel Khoo is my new chef crush. So take this review with the proverbial grain of salt.

However, having said all that the recipes in this book are highly accessible, inventive & original with some stunning photography to accompany the recipes. She sug
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Scandalously Undervalued Cooking Guide for the Modern Woman

In today's economic climate where women, more often than not, work both inside and outside of the home, creating delicious, yet simple, home-cooked meals may be a challenge for those down to their last unfrazzled brain cells. They need look no further. Ms. Khoo's charming and unpretentious approach to food suits my life perfectly. Recipes, which, on first view, might seem palate-daunting to the average North American, such as the Fig a
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france
I finally finished my foodie Paris books, The Little Paris Kitchen and Bonjour Kale.
I've had The Little Paris Kitchen for a while, but I've been saving it to read carefully during Paris in July. I'd hoped to try some of the recipes for Weekend Cooking, but it just didn't happen...maybe next year. Nevertheless, it was fun to browse through stories and recipes as Rachel Khoo proves to us that it doesn't take a fancy kitchen to cook up a little la joie de vivre. I was a little reluctant to try Bon
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
She's simplified and lightened (relatively) some French classics. The recipes are easy to follow, but I'm not sure why you'd need this book - we already have dorrie Greenspan. And some of the twists may not be worthwhile - pot au feu fajitas sounds like filler.

Khoo is much stronger on deserts, and that's where this book shines. It's also where the recipes get more complicated, though.

While I appreciate photos of every recipe, there are way too many photos of the author playing cute. Celebrities
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best things that came out of my last stint of house sitting in den Haag. I have a film maker friend whom sometimes needs either an assistant or a home sitter and earlier this year I got to go and assist/home sit for him. While there I saw the six episode series about this cookbook and my partner bought it for us. Rachel makes Gourmet food in a way that is accessible and doable at home.

She has a range of recipes from vegetarian to meat centric across the everyday to special oc
Jun 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, non-fiction, recipe
I rarely follow recipes or cook from cook books, but I still enjoyed reading through the little intro paragraphs of each recipe in this book. Before I was even gifted this book, I was a fan of Rachel Khoo's. I watched all the episodes of her show of the same name. There's something about being crammed in that tiny kitchen of hers that makes all her cooking look amazing. I love the water-colored pages and photos in this book.

This book doesn't contain the most authentic of French recipes (there's
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[August 4, 2015] I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

[July 9, 2018] I finally got my copy!!

[Friday, July 20, 2018] This book is truly amazing, I flagged many recipes and I can't wait to try them; I always find Rachel charming and very pretty and her kitchen and sketches so cute. She makes me want to leave everything and move to Paris.
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anybody who has a love for french food done wonderfully and simply.
Rachel cleverly takes traditional french recipes, puts her own spin on them and makes them accessible for the everyday cook. Probably wouldn't recommend this book to beginner cooks, but there are some simpler recipes for those that aren't so fluent in the kitchen. I've made it a personal goal (in true Julie Powell fashion) to cook every recipe in here before the end of the year. That's how much I enjoy it!
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An amazing book from an amazing cook. Rachel Khoo runs a tiny two person restaurant in her little Paris apartment. Her food is exquisite, French and fabulous. Simple rustic authentic French cuisine that anyone can copy easily. I thoroughly recommend this book to any French food lover, who wishes to replicate French cuisine with ease.
Nov 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I like it enough to copy out some recipes for my files, but not enough to own.

Recipes I've noted to try:

Quatre-quarts aux agrumes*

Cake au saucisson sec avec pistaches et prunes (but I'd make a vegetarian version--in fact, she says to try this with whatever leftovers you happen to have)

Mousse aux éclats de chocolat

Riz rouge au lait d'amande

Compotée de tomates cerise et vanille

How to make your own vinegar: equal amounts red wine or white or champagne and organic cider vinegar in a clean jar large
I enjoy the simplicity of the recipes that Khoo has chosen for this first cookbook. There is this idea that French cooking is complicated - there are certain aspects that are complex (for me, it's the sauces), but there is nothing inherently difficult, it's just a matter of practice.

I have the American edition of the book and my main issue is the imperial system - American chefs rarely use imperial anymore (in their kitchens, anyway), because it's not nearly as accurate as metric and when it co
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 2012
Author: Rachel Khoo
Recommended for: fans of Rachel Khoo and anyone who wants to do french style cooking

I purchased this book after watching the series on TV, there are so many nice recipes to do and they are very easy to follow in the fun style that she writes that books. There are alot of ones that will become firm family favourites, my first one I did was chicken dumpling worked perfectly and was extremely tasty! A good book for people who are wanting to try do french
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This cookbook thus far is a total dreamfest. So many good ideas (And so many insanely tempting photos)... I suspect I will be buying a copy of this one... she makes me want to attempt to bake all those delights (with gluten free flour) and dig out my copy of Tante Marie's French Pastry from 1954, by Charlotte Turgeon. You wont lose weight with this book, but you will be very happy.
Angie Niles
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite French cookbooks. I LOVE the lemon + lavender chicken and duck l'orangina and have made them both several times.
Sep 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful. Are we reading about French cooking or viewing a fashion spread of the author?
Monica **can't read fast enough**
This is the first cookbook that I purchased as an eBook. Although the photographs are great and I do like some of the features that having an eBook allows, like clicking on a link within the book to move to a cited area, I'm not certain that I will buy many cookbooks in this form, there's just something about having a cookbook in hand for me. This is a sweet book with easy to follow recipes that are well laid out. However, if you are feeding a family of 4 consistently, especially if you have hea ...more
Dave Roberts
Rachel is cute, and the book has a lot of photos of Rachel looking cute.

There are nice stories of her adaptation to Paris and life in a small Paris apartment. And running an underground two-seat restaurant in her small apartment, and how she cooked restaurant quality food with limited cooking equipment.

There are also recipes. I made one that looked really interesting. I didn't understand how it would be very tasty, but the photo looked good, and, heck, it was in her cookbook. I tried it and it w
Jenn Cavanaugh
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
This ain't my first French cookbook, so I'm no stranger to the gratuitous use of local flavour photography, but the first 50 pictures of the author were more than enough to establish that she is cute as a bug and perhaps even to justify her repurposing her book proposal as an introduction (she's obviously too busy having her picture taken to write). After that I spent as much time reflecting on the marketing angle as I did on the recipes. Am I supposed to believe I will look like her if I cook l ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heb je ooit een kookboek echt uitgelezen? Volgens mij niet... Wat een prachtig cadeau kreeg ik van Simone ("mijn protégéetje" :-)) als dank voor mijn begeleiding! Ik ben sinds een week heerlijk aan het genieten van het kookboek van Rachel (toeval?) die in haar mini-keuken in Parijs de Franse keuken in acceptabele, makkelijk te maken recepten heeft gevat. Ze heeft het boek ingedeeld in het leefritme van de Parijzenaars en dit geeft meteen en erg leuk cultuurinkijkje. Ik heb er nog niets uit gekoo ...more
Priscilla Natalie
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pra começar, o livro é lindo! Não tem como não querer se aventurar nas receitinhas francesas com edição e fotografias tão belas assim. Achei as instruções claras e fáceis de seguir, mas algumas receitas são "ousadas" demais para o meu paladar (lê-se: fresca). Aprendi muitas bases clássicas da culinária francesa e só por isso o livro já vale muito a pena. Tanto que algumas das receitas já entraram definitivamente para o meu cardápio de casa. Também gostei muito de que a Rachel conta pedacinhos da ...more
Ann Brogan
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think it's a great collection of recipes regardless of their authenticity or provenance. So the book looks nice and the photography is attractive, ditto the author, yet Rachel Khoo demonstrates her training as a pastry chef very well in the way the recipes are explained. Not one recipe I have tried has disappointed me so far, this is due to the fact that unlike many food writers today, the recipes in this book have clearly been tried, tested and adapted to suit the home cook's ability and leve ...more
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this author on a BBC television show and was entranced at how she was cooking in the tiniest kitchen I had even seen - in fact if she had to bake anything, it was in a toaster oven and she had only 1 propane burner for sauces, etc. - amazing - and yummie. I got this book from the library and it is packed with lovely recipes - not too too fussy (we own the Julia Child's French Cookbook which is more complicated and have cooked from it), so my husband and I are looking forward to doing a F ...more
Susan O'brien
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you like to cook? Do you like French cuisine? Then this is a cook book for you! I have made a handful of recipes from this cook book and they have all been excellent. I loved Rachel Khoo's TV show and was happy to find that she had a companion cook book. The recipes are well written, easy to follow and are accompanied by lovely photos. (I don't like cook books that don't have photos of the dishes.) The ingredients called for in the recipes are ones that I either had on hand or could easily ge ...more
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous recipe book; you can tell from the little touches like the labelled drawings dotted throughout and the brief histories of dishes above each recipe that Rachel has really put love and passion into creating this! The soupe au pistou, in particular, has become a firm favourite at home; the only criticism I have, as one would expect from a cookbook about French cuisine, is that I'm a vegetarian so cannot eat a fair proportion of the main courses. Still, when the desserts are as go ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty book - cheap in Smiths (60%off) but far too many pictures of Khoo, billed as the 'British Amelie of cooking' (sticks fingers down throat and vomits copiously). Twee floral dresses and pretty French friends standing decoratively about clutching glasses of vino notwithstanding, some of the recipes actually look good. Personally, this useless cook could do without Khoo with her cafe, Khoo with her baguette, Khoo by the Eiffel Tower, Khoo with her models on le pic-nic, Khoo sticking her finge ...more
Ninja Neko
I watched most episodes (from the corner of my eye) but wasn't a big fan of Rachel's tv show (dunno why exactly, maybe I'm suffering from cooking show overdose). Still, today I flipped through the book and couldn't tear myself away. Most recipes look simple enough and French food is one of my favourite things to cook at home. (She has recipes with quenelles! I've always wanted to make those). I hope this cookbook lives up to its looks...
Benjamin Chandler
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
This is a decent enough cookbook. The recipes are relatively simple and the photography is gorgeous. The recipes we've tried have been successful, and Khoo lists alternative ingredients in many of the entries so you suit the food to your liking. It's not incredibly inspiring, though—I'm not running home from work to use it—and as cute as Rachel Khoo is, there may be a few too many photos of her strolling through Paris.
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book and have turned to it for many a Sunday brunch, for its fabulous recipes such as eggs inn pots, croque madame and Madeline's, all the recipes are simple and easy to follow, i loved the cheese and potato nests, but was not able to find the correct cheese so i substituted it for an alternative cheese and it still tasted amazing, I highly recommend this book, my copy is definitely well loved and splattered with many food stains!
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food, cookbooks
I really love Rachel Khoo's style and approach to cooking. The recipes are approachable and don't contain a lot of specialty ingredients or kitchen equipment. I like the updates to classic French recipes, like cassoulet soup and foie gras truffles. There is more of an emphasis on desserts than I would like, but I've been happy with all of the recipes I've tried, so I still highly recommend the book.
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Rachel’s unconventional food background has helped formulate her unique culinary touch. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Art & Design from the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Thereafter she worked for a luxury fashion brand, doing PR and e-marketing. Ultimately, her passion for pâtisserie lured her to Paris, where she studied at Le Cordon Bleu and ob ...more