Ladies of London star Marissa Hermer grew up in Southern California picking avocados from her grandmother’s tree. Weekends meant trips to the Newport Beach pier for fresh fish and bowls of granola baked in the sunny family kitchen. But everything changed when Marissa moved to London to be with the love of her life, a British restaurateur who prefers meat and potatoes to guacamole. A classic Sunday roast replaced her beachside BBQ, and sticky toffee pudding elbowed out the smores. But as she made her home in England and started a family of her own, Marissa didn’t want to loose her roots. She began incorporating a bit of California into her recipes, creating homey British favorites with a brighter twist.
Drawing inspiration from both her American upbringing and British cuisine, the 120 recipes in An American Girl in London show you how to cook delicious, nourishing, family-friendly fare that earns raves on both sides of the pond. From a flavorful sourdough bread and butter pudding to a rich mushroom and tarragon pie, Marissa shows you how to amp up the flavors of home to keep you, your family, and friends feeling fit, loved, and completely nourished. While her home kitchen might not be the most traditional, it’s a match made in transatlantic heaven.
If you know my sister, she loves to cook and try out her creations on us. This book is perfect for her to try new and exciting things, and we tell her how we feel. Some are the best we ever had where others were horrible. She gets into her cooking with the help of Ray; they are so funny together. Being able to find fun, in making healthy food for your family is something we grew up on. My mom was always cooking, and baking that is where Kelly gets it from and my niece loves to bake. There are so many great recipes she wants to try on us.
The cookbook is gorgeous and features intimate, first-person stories that chronicle her food philosophy and why each and every recipe is meaningful to her. It is also brightly illustrated, featuring crisp photos of such delights as the teatime treat Welsh Cakes. There are original photos of Marissa not just in the kitchen, but out and about London enjoying her favorite cafes, tea shops, and gourmet markets.
A great book and recipes to bring a family together. What is your favorite Sping Recipe?
If you like to cook and want to try something new, head on over and get your book.