192: Susan Hermann Loomis Talks France, Food & Julia Child
Sunday January 21, 2018

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~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #192
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On today’s episode of The Simple Sophisticate, author, award-winning journalist, expat living in France and proprietor of the acclaimed cooking school located in France, Susan Hermann Loomis joins me to talk about so many of TSLL readers’ passions: France, food, and living well (and I cannot forget Julia Child as well).

Discover how she came to live in France, her approach to food and cooking, discover what students learn when they enroll in her cooking school and its far more than just learning how to cook extraordinary well, and hear what it was like to sit down in Julia Child’s kitchen in Cambridge and have dinner with her. All of this and much more. Be sure to download and have a listen. And look for Susan’s new book French Grill: 150 Refined & Rustic Recipes will be released June 12th this summer.

~Check out her blog On Rue Tatin

~Discover and Enroll in Cooking Classes

~Rent Susan’s home in Louviers, France, as your vacation rental – learn more here

~Follow Susan on social media: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Susan’s cookbooks and memoirs:

~In a French Kitchen: Tales and Traditions of Everyday Home Cooking in France (2015)

~On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town (2001)

~Cooking at Home on Rue Tatin (2005)

~French Farm House Cookbook (1996)

~View all of her books here (there are many more!)


Petit Plaisir:

~Susan shared two Petit Plaisirs during our conversation, one is below and the other you will want to tune in for. It is something I enjoy wholeheartedly myself.


~Check out more episodes of The Simple Sophisticate here and peruse similar episodes below:

~189: Jamie Cat Callan’s Parisian Charm School – Love, Life & Savoring It All

~182: David Lebovitz Talks About Making Paris His Home

~168: French Everyday Living with Author & Blogger Sharon Santoni

~169: Understanding the French Culture: My Interview with Géraldine Lepere of Comme une Française

~175: 14 Ways to Eat Like the French — Savor Good Food, Don’t Fear It


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11 thoughts on “192: Susan Hermann Loomis Talks France, Food & Julia Child

  1. This was so great, Shannon. I’d seen Susan’s blog, but never had a chance to read more about her. It was great to hear from her and hear her story. Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

  2. I agree with the writer above! I just spent half an hour googling Salt and specifically looking for a Salt Tasting event I could attend in Phoenix, AZ. There are none! More on Salt please. I feel like I know nothing about it and am missing out. In the meantime, what salts do you recommend? I LOVE your podcasts, blog and instagram posts. You have the best ideas and are an inspiration to me.

    1. Thank you for tuning in! As I shared and revealed in the podcast, I am a neophyte when it comes to salt and am too loving the learning process. Currently, per a previous guest’s recommendation, Elizabeth Burgerol, I use Maldon’s flaky sea salt for finishing and am continuing to seek out more salts to use (I now use gray salt per Susan’s recommendation for cooking).

      1. I love Applewood-Smoked Sea Salt. (many sources) Dark in color, wonderfully smoky, sparkling, and evenly grained. A great finishing salt, brings out other herbs and spice flavors.

  3. Bonjour, Shannon! I loved this podcast. I’ve had the opportunity to see Susan twice in Paris, at Adrian Leeds “Parler Paris Apres-Midi” presentations, and I believe I also saw her at the Alliance Francaise de Portland many years ago. She is great presenter. I especially loved the bit about salt-tasting. I read an excerpt from Ina Garten in which she states that the best way to spice up a salad is to give it a quick grind of good salt just before serving. I’ve been doing that, and what a difference it makes. Yesterday my husband and I went to lunch at a small country restaurant in “Le Berry” region of France. The salad that accompanied our fois gras was spectacular. Why? Because the greens were crisp and spicy, accompanied by a very simple vinaigrette, and a sprinkle of salt. As we live in France, I’m going to take a look at her classes, so I can learn more about salt. The best thing I did wile living in Paris was to take two cooking classes, one called “French Market Lunch,” and the other was a patisserie class. I so enjoy your podcasts!

    1. Thank you for saying hello and sharing the idea of salting the salad! I look forward to giving it a try. 🙂 Cooking classes certainly are a wonderful opportunity to introduce new ideas to our approach to food and flavor. 🙂

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