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On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  4,200 Ratings  ·  263 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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Broadway Books (first published 2001)
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Nov 12, 2008 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I really want to move. Would never, ever work but this book totally made me dream.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Elysia Fionn
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of ex pat literature and France
Shelves: memoirs
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
Esther Brumme
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Susan's account of her first years in Louviers, France reads like a relaxed walk in the park, stopping to look at a recipe book. It feels to me a little less novel of a travel memoir due to the fact that her everyday is our everyday. It's just our daily life in France. I had expected more of a dramatic storyline, but it was still an enjoyable read. Her astute observations of the land and the culture are another reminder of how wonderful our mundane, normal life is in this magnificent country.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Hmmm. I basically blew through this, it was the perfect read for a weekend on the lake. Lately I've been kind of into these really twee, wish-fulfillment, ooh i live in france and cook all the time type books. It's fun to read and imagine having such a charmed life! But this one, idk, something about her writing style really bugged me. I think the overuse of the word 'for' as 'because' maybe? Which isn't grammatically incorrect or anything, but for some reason it just really bugged me and made t ...more
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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?
Jul 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Apr 08, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Kathleen Kosiec
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
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 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a charming book about a young American woman going to France to achieve her dream about taking cooking courses there. She ends up living and cooking in Normandy. If you love French cooking and books about remodeling old homes, this book is for you. It goes into detail showing how an ancient convent was remodeled to become her home and cooking school. Be warned. There is an entire chapter on buying a stove. Every chapter ends with recipes, but most call for ingredients that are not everyd ...more
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a thoroughly delightful read! Ms. Loomis moved to France to attend cooking classes and later returned there with her husband and young son to live in the French countryside and write cookbooks. The book is a lovely mix of life in a small French town dating back to the 1200s, anecdotes about the neighbors, friends and shopkeepers, the extensive remodel of their home (which also dated back to the 1200s!) and is interspersed with recipes for all of the gastronomic dishes she describes.
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a book that was sitting on my shelf for quite some time so when I needed a pallet cleanser I thought it would be fun to read this memoir of Susan Loomis' life in France. It was enjoyable with some recipes that I think I might try out at a later time. If you are looking for a fun book about living in France check this out.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be very enjoyable to read. I was drawn in by the vivid descriptions in each chapter. The town, food, scenery, people, I felt as if I was there taking it all in. If you like books about living abroad or about life in France, this is a good book to go with.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book and will certainly make some of dessert.
Dee Glas
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I loved this book/ it took me to France and gave me some nice recipes. I've read it a few times-- always good!
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a free plane ticket to France!!! So much fun and complete escapism. Sorry it was over.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lifestyle
Not particularly well written, but Susan's narrative is so charming and happy that it really doesn't matter.
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