Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Little Paris Kitchen

There’s a new show on The Cooking Channel that I’ve been watching – The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking With Rachel Khoo – that airs on Saturdays. It’s actually a BBC (British) production that’s shot in Paris.

Rachel Khoo is British, born in Croydon, South London, of a Chinese/Malaysian father and Austrian mother. A former fashion industry public relations person, she owns a small restaurant (actually, her apartment), and can at most handle two diners per reservation. That’s why she calls her show “The Little Paris Kitchen.” She says that she’s been told that getting a reservation at her place is harder than getting one at famous Parisian restaurants.

The kitchen itself is about the size of a small walk-in closet. There isn’t any room for a kitchen range, so she has a counter-top stove and a teeny, tiny oven. Her fridge is also small, and she has to store her appliances (e.g., mixer) in cupboards.

But her dishes are easy to make, and her English accent is very easy on the ears. She’s also leprechaun-pretty, with raven bangs and bright (usually pink) lips. Cute (maybe that’s why I like to watch her show).

While working as an au pair in Paris, Rachel earned a pastry degree at Le Cordon Bleu, then ran baking workshops at La Cocotte, a cookbook store. She’s written two books in French: Barres à céreales, muesli et granola maison (“Homemade muesli bars, muesli and granola”), and Pâtes à tartiner (“Homemade spreads”).

Her most recent book, The Little Paris Kitchen, is in English and is the basis of her television show, which began airing in Britain last March.

Wanna read more about her? Go here:


Anonymous said...

Hi Craig!

First post of yours I just stumbled across - I too enjoy watching Rachel, and appreciated your concise review of her BBC show.

I shall be dipping into more of your blogs, as and when time permits :-)

All the best

Craig Miyamoto said...

Thanks, Carin! Enjoy!

~ Craig