Sunday, August 25, 2013

Little Paris Kitchen

"Little Paris Kitchen" is my favorite food show getaway.  When I watch it, in a few moments I am in Paris with Rachel Khoo, drinking a strong cup of coffee made with a French Press, of course, and watch Ms Rachel cook.  Her apartment is small, very small, with a tiny kitchen, no glamour cooking pots in sight.  And of course talking with her in fluent French about cooking and life in general.

"Little Paris Kitchen" is on the Cooking Channel with all their other remarkable shows but my criteria for food shows is -- no yelling, running around and rushing, rushing, rushing.  I am not a "challenge" fan, there is no winning in my getaway world, just pleasure watching someone cook and enjoy what they are doing, plus learning something.  And of course there is that panache of Paris.

To me the big lesson of "Little Paris Kitchen" is that you don't have to have a giant kitchen with the latest appliances to cook a wonderful meal.  And it underlines what is really important -- the art of cooking for friends (or yourself) and taking time to enjoy being in the moment.

Rachel Khoo has a website where she talks about cooking and places she likes to visit in Paris and elsewhere,  a very personal and friendly blog about food and people.  And sometimes she visits other cities and cooks there with their chefs.

Some of her pots are enamelware with chips, yes just like your grandmother had.  And yes, I realize that some of the show could be staged, but I don't care, the charm of the show is not diminished.

Rachel had a restaurant in her little apartment where she would cook a meal for couples.  A little table, tablecloths, napkins, and a restaurant meal all created in this little space.  She does not do this anymore, no time as she is getting famous with a cook book coming out in the fall and many appearances here and in the United States.  But meanwhile. . .

I hope that "Little Paris Kitchen" does not change, but it probably will, meanwhile, I will take a break on Fridays, from 10:30 to 11 AM and imagine I am in the kitchen with Rachel, talking about food and life in the heart of Paris.


  1. Nice if you can get a fresh sole.

    Lovely to watch though.

    1. Thanks, Jo. Thinking about cooking and recipes (like yours) is such a nice get away from the grim news of the world.

  2. How neat! We don't get the cooking channel, but that sounds like a show I'd enjoy. Did you watch the Galloping Gourmet when he was on year ago?

  3. How neat! We don't get the cooking channel, but that sounds like a show I'd enjoy. Did you watch the Galloping Gourmet when he was on year ago?

  4. Hi Susan: I do remember the Galloping Gourmet -- he was seriously into healthy, healthy eating in his later years.

  5. I've never seen this one, and I thought I knew all the cooking shows! Must give it a try. Although I will admit, my favorites are the hurry, hurry competition ones with the deadline and the running and the screaming. I'm just competitive to the core, I guess.
    Thanks for your encouraging words last week. I really appreciate you.
    Tina @ Life is Good

  6. That describes our personalities, Tina. I am not competitive in the group sense, but I like to do certain things well, and be admired for that. I bet you like board games too, not me. When I thought about law school, my ex-husband said I would not be good because I did not have the "killer instinct," and he was right.

  7. Hi Tasha .. I do enjoy Rachel's shows - though rarely watch .. and don't get hooked - that's my life .. don't get hooked ... but then I'm only cooking for me - so this recipe is one I do and is so good ..

    Interesting about the personalities bit .. I hate rushing around like a lunatic ... but I probably used to do it .. in the good old days .. now I'm in these good old days and just do my thing!!

    Cheers Hilary

  8. Hi Hilary: Actually, like you, I enjoy doing "my thing." There is an advantage to (clears throat) being older.