Beguiling, aromatic memoirs of a cookery writer, settling in a small Normandy town, very similar in flavour to Under the Tuscan Sun. The second house that Susan Hermann Loomis looked at in the small town of Louviers was perfect. Dilapidated, rambling, crumbling walls which were covered with faded paper, it had been a convent. So Susan, her husband, luckily a sculptor and builder, and small son, moved in - to spend a year and more, rebuilding, finding new hidden treasures of their house, and discovering their neighbours, and the life of a small French town. Some of the great pleasures of the book come from sharing in Susan Loomis' daily journeys: to the market, to the butcher and the baker, talking to the shop keepers and the teachers at the school, and meeting the clergy who tramp through their garden. As her son joins the local school, as Susan's cookery work gets underway, so the reader is part of all the human - and gastronomic - experiences that shape this very French town.
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Susan Loomis was born in Orlando, Florida. Her childhood was spent moving around the USA and from country to country with her military father. She met and married Michael Loomis, a sculptor, in 1983. They now live on Rue Tatin in Louviers with their two young children.Review:
'The joy of cooking, for me, begins in the market. In this wonderful book, Susan Loomis takes us - through memories and recipes - from the market, to the kitchen, to the table, sharing her love and passion for food, and for France. A wonderful book.' Ruth Rogers, River Cafe 'Enchanting escapism - Nigella Lawson in Peter Mayle-land.' Daily Mail 'Where many writers merely love France, Susan Loomis knows it - its smells, people and manners...she shows that she is as natural a writer as she is a chef.' Adam Gopnik, New York Times 'Slips down a treat, like Normandy cream - smooth and sweet with a touch of acidity. A pleasure from start to finish.' Elisabeth Luard, Daily Mail
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002572206