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graphic design &
creative direction by
Jennifer K. Beal Davis

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A KITCHEN IN FRANCE listed as a Book of the Year!

A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon Mimi Thorisson’s blog Manger and was immediately taken with it. Mimi lives in Médoc, France, with her photographer husband Oddur and their gorgeous gaggle of children (7) and dogs (14). Her blog chronicles their culinary life and adventures, with recipes influenced by her Chinese and French heritage. What touched me about her cooking, is without saying “10 Minute Meals!” or “Easy Recipes!” she showed that oftentimes what I had previously considered to be complicated foods were actually quite simple to make.

Oddur’s accompanying photographs of the mouth-watering cuisine are deep and moody, and coupled with images of such a photogenic family and idyllic countryside, the results are nothing short of stunning. I knew it had to be a book, specifically, a Potter book. I sent it to a few friends at Clarkson Potter, my only caveat being if they pursued Mimi to write a book, I’d like to design it!

Here we are, nearing two years later, and A Kitchen in France is a big, wonderful book, and it was just listed as a Book of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. Congratulations Mimi! I’m so proud to have worked on it. xox