My Madison kitchen does not look like this
Oh, loveliness, thy name is Rachel Khoo. And her kitchen. And her cooking. And her new book. And especially its chapter on snacking. So beautiful! If you are a cook or cookbook reader or enjoy spending quality time browsing the Anthropologie store, you will find much to appreciate about this new book. The photographs are gorgeous. Rachel's tiny kitchen organized to perfection and stocked with all the essentials is inspirational. And the food: wow.
Rachel's take on French cuisine is considered an "updated approach" and unique. I'm a sucker for beef bourguignon and grew up with a mash-up version from The Joy of Cooking and Julia Child. This recipe is pretty much my idea of perfect. But The Little Paris Kitchen recipe includes baguette dumplings. Have you ever heard of such an amazing thing? BAGUETTE DUMPLINGS! To dip in the saucy bourguignon. I can't believe it! Mastering these dumplings is now on my life list of things to do. Also, the recipe for brioche buns includes dulce de leche. Did you just hear that? Choirs of angels were singing as I typed that.
I've never seen Rachel and her fancy bangs and red lipstick on the Cooking Channel or BBC2, but I've heard about her show from friends who are great cooks (and whose food I love to eat!) and watched clips on YouTube. She's adorable. The food looks amazing and I wish I could eat it all right now. And the book is glorious. Love, love, love. And love some more.