In the French Kitchen with Kids by Mardi Michels

Mardi Michels is the voice behind the website eat. live. travel. write. Her debut cookbook, In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy was released yesterday, July 31st. Do not let the title deter you – this is a book that cooks of any age will appreciate.

Mardi teaches French language at an elementary school for boys in Toronto in addition to cooking classes twice a week at Les Petits Chefs. Her natural ability as a teacher and gift as a writer shines through brilliantly in the pages of this beautifully photographed book. 


The recipes include detailed instructions for all the French classics including Cream puffs, Eclairs, Cheese puffs (Gougères), Madeleines, Traditional macarons (Macarons à l’ancienne) and Financiers. There are plenty of savory dishes as well but as I write this I haven’t eaten lunch or dinner and the French pastries are taunting me. This is a “cookbook for parents, children, and Francophiles of all ages” and I am happy that it is on my bookshelf. It is the perfect gift for teachers, students, and everyone who loves to cook.  

Our   takes you inside the pages of this lovely book and shares   for the following dishes:

My thanks goes to Mardi and her publisher, Appetite, for sending me a copy of this book to review, use and love. Also a special thanks to Appetite for sharing the materials for our preview above and for providing three copies in our giveaway below.  

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US and Canada. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won’t be counted. For more information on this process, please see our step-by-step help post. Be sure to check your spam filters to receive our email notifications. Prizes can take up to 6 weeks to arrive from the publishers. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends at midnight on September 17th, 2018.

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  • Kristjudy  on  August 1, 2018

    Creme caramel

  • Zosia  on  August 1, 2018

    Quick croissants

  • Amdona  on  August 1, 2018

    Creamy vegetable soup

  • nacho2100  on  August 1, 2018

    quick croissants!!

  • riley  on  August 2, 2018

    Chocolate Mousse

  • JRumi  on  August 2, 2018


  • ravensfan  on  August 2, 2018

    Grilled ham and cheese sandwich (Croque-monsieur)

  • sarahawker  on  August 2, 2018


  • Elbyem  on  August 2, 2018

    Creamy yogurt pots! I want this book for myself, not just my son – looks great!

  • stephlinde  on  August 2, 2018

    Creamy yogurt pots – we love yogurt!

  • lgroom  on  August 2, 2018

    Creamy yogurt pops.

  • Lmocooks  on  August 2, 2018

    Cheese puffs!

  • LobsterloverLisa  on  August 2, 2018

    My son says he wants to learn to make his favorite breakfast/snack Pain au Chocolat. We didn’t know they are also called Chocolatines. Love the nickname!

  • matag  on  August 2, 2018

    Cheese puffs (Gougères)

  • rchesser  on  August 2, 2018

    Quick croissants (Croissants)

  • LSanders  on  August 2, 2018

    Cheese puffs

  • shipwrecks  on  August 3, 2018

    Galette recipe

  • Shebakeshere  on  August 3, 2018

    Quick croissants!

  • janv  on  August 3, 2018

    Choux pastry

  • lauriesk  on  August 3, 2018

    I would try the Couscous salad.

  • Redlizzy1  on  August 3, 2018

    Quick Croissants for me please.

  • JJWong  on  August 3, 2018

    Everyone in my family would love to learn how to make the quick croissants!

  • t.t  on  August 3, 2018


  • Alivings07  on  August 4, 2018

    Crispy fish with lemon zest and a side of croissants for me!

  • GoodnessGrandma  on  August 4, 2018


  • BMeyer  on  August 4, 2018

    quick croissants

  • mrscahughes  on  August 4, 2018

    creamy vegetable soup and croissants

  • banba1  on  August 4, 2018

    I don't know what French pound cake (Quatre-quarts) is, but pound cake = good, and french = good, so it MUST be great!

  • southerncooker  on  August 4, 2018

    My grandson is just starting to enjoy helping his mom cook and asks sometimes to come help me cook as well. He loves bread so one of the bread recipes would be a great place to start – No Knead French Loaf, Quick croissants, or Breakfast Rolls.

  • matag  on  August 4, 2018


  • Julia  on  August 4, 2018

    French pound cake and butter cookies

  • HomespunHouse  on  August 5, 2018

    Crispy fish with lemon zest

  • MiMi60  on  August 5, 2018

    I am so buying this book.. If I win I will give it as a gift.. I would try the Quick croissants (Croissants), because if kids can do it.. so can I!!

  • Siegal  on  August 5, 2018

    I would love to try grated carrot salad for my kids

  • mpdeb98  on  August 5, 2018

    Mini jam tarts

  • sgump  on  August 5, 2018

    My three nieces would get a kick out of the couscous salad (tabbouleh)–because they love to say the word "couscous"!

  • hillsboroks  on  August 5, 2018

    I would love to try the Crispy Vegetable Cakes.

  • LaurenE  on  August 5, 2018

    Chocolate Mousse

  • tennyogirl  on  August 6, 2018

    quick croissants

  • smartie101  on  August 6, 2018

    Butter Cookies

  • KarenGlad  on  August 7, 2018

    Mini tarte tatin

  • kmn4  on  August 7, 2018

    Cheesy pasta bake with ham (Gratin de pâtes au jambon)

  • Whyvette  on  August 7, 2018

    I would try her traditional French Macaron recipe.

  • jmay42066  on  August 7, 2018

    Creamy vegetable soup

  • ohyoucook  on  August 7, 2018

    Creme caramel. I love love love this dessert.

  • mph993  on  August 10, 2018

    Creamy yogurt pots

  • Dannausc  on  August 10, 2018

    Breakfast rolls

  • dtremit  on  August 11, 2018

    I'd love to master macarons!

  • Steben  on  August 11, 2018


  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  August 14, 2018

    My kids love tomatoes so we would try Francine’s baked stuffed tomatoes (Les tomates farcies de Francine).

  • rglo820  on  August 14, 2018

    My daughter loves jam, so we'd try the mini jam tarts first!

  • liasim  on  August 18, 2018

    King cake

  • rstuart  on  August 19, 2018


  • cheftina888  on  August 25, 2018

    my daughter loves creme brûlée. this is one that we would pick to do together .

  • RickPearson54  on  August 27, 2018

    king cake

  • zaava  on  August 29, 2018


  • DJCross  on  August 30, 2018

    Creamy Yogurt Pops

  • AwoodlandPrince  on  September 1, 2018

    Crunch fish cakes sound like a great home-made take on fish sticks. My older son loved fish sticks until he realized they weren't made of chicken🙃

  • kb_mw  on  September 2, 2018


  • kennethjohngilmour  on  September 3, 2018

    think I'd start near the beginning with the no-knead french loaf (Pain Français facile) found on page 25 from "In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy" by Mardi Michels

  • kkohle  on  September 3, 2018

    palmier cookies

  • auntietina  on  September 7, 2018

    Quick croissants. (baby steps, right???)

  • beetangsurat  on  September 7, 2018

    No-knead French loafs!

  • choppergirl  on  September 7, 2018

    Cheesy pasta bake with ham (Gratin de pâtes au jambon)

  • Sand9  on  September 8, 2018

    Cheese puffs

  • jodangerously  on  September 9, 2018

    quick croissants

  • orchidlady01  on  September 10, 2018

    Grilled ham and cheese sandwich (Croque-monsieur)

  • EmilyR  on  September 11, 2018

    King cake (Gâteau des rois briochée)

  • ket06e  on  September 12, 2018

    Cheese puffs!

  • dmforman  on  September 17, 2018

    Creme Carmel.

  • jezpurr  on  September 17, 2018

    Quick croissants!!!^_^

  • abihamm  on  September 17, 2018

    Crème Caramel

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