On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town

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Crown/Archetype, Jun 18, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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 in Louviers, one of Normandy’s most picturesque towns.

With lyrical prose and wry candor, Loomis recalls the miraculous restoration that she and her husband performed on the dilapidated convent they chose for their new residence. As its ochre and azure floor tiles emerged, challenges outside the dwelling mounted. From squatters to a surly priest next door, along with a close-knit community wary of outsiders, Loomis tackled the social challenges head-on, through persistent dialogue–and baking.

On Rue Tatin includes delicious recipes that evoke the essence of this region, such as Apple and Thyme Tart, Duck Breast with Cider, and Braised Chicken in White Wine and Mustard. Transporting readers to a world where tradition is cherished, On Rue Tatin provides a touching glimpse of the camaraderie, exquisite food, and simple pleasures of daily life in a truly glorious corner of Normandy.

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Another tablespoon of saccharine for the gone-to-France-and-bought-a-darling-wreck-of-a-house genre, this time with recipes, from food-writer Loomis.Everything is just too wonderful for Loomis when ... Read full review

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Here are two culinary memoirs by American women now living in France. The similarities end there, as one author went to France for the food and stayed for the life that grew up around her, while the ... Read full review


The Beginning
House Hunting
The Messy House
Mornings in Louviers
Chez Clet
A Hair in the Soup
The Priest
The Rug Salesman
The Perfect Stove
Notre Dame
The Beauty Around
Early Morning Swim
Too Good to Be True

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About the author (2002)

Susan Herrmann Loomis is the author of five previous books, including Farmhouse Cookbook and The Great American Seafood Cookbook. A regular contributor to publications such as the New York Times and Gourmet, she lives with her husband and their two children in Louviers, France, where she owns and operates On Rue Tatin, a cooking school.

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