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.


  • Kristjudy  on  8/1/2018 at 9:14 PM

    Creme caramel

  • Zosia  on  8/1/2018 at 9:34 PM

    Quick croissants

  • Amdona  on  8/1/2018 at 9:40 PM

    Creamy vegetable soup

  • nacho2100  on  8/1/2018 at 10:08 PM

    quick croissants!!

  • riley  on  8/2/2018 at 1:13 AM

    Chocolate Mousse

  • JRumi  on  8/2/2018 at 6:04 AM


  • ravensfan  on  8/2/2018 at 7:12 AM

    Grilled ham and cheese sandwich (Croque-monsieur)

  • sarahawker  on  8/2/2018 at 8:25 AM


  • Elbyem  on  8/2/2018 at 8:47 AM

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

  • stephlinde  on  8/2/2018 at 10:41 AM

    Creamy yogurt pots - we love yogurt!

  • lgroom  on  8/2/2018 at 10:45 AM

    Creamy yogurt pops.

  • Lmocooks  on  8/2/2018 at 11:13 AM

    Cheese puffs!

  • LobsterloverLisa  on  8/2/2018 at 11:39 AM

    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  8/2/2018 at 12:46 PM

    Cheese puffs (Gougères)

  • rchesser  on  8/2/2018 at 4:28 PM

    Quick croissants (Croissants)

  • LSanders  on  8/2/2018 at 11:25 PM

    Cheese puffs

  • shipwrecks  on  8/3/2018 at 8:04 AM

    Galette recipe

  • Shebakeshere  on  8/3/2018 at 11:36 AM

    Quick croissants!

  • janv  on  8/3/2018 at 12:21 PM

    Choux pastry

  • lauriesk  on  8/3/2018 at 8:46 PM

    I would try the Couscous salad.

  • Redlizzy1  on  8/3/2018 at 9:40 PM

    Quick Croissants for me please.

  • JJWong  on  8/3/2018 at 10:35 PM

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

  • t.t  on  8/3/2018 at 11:20 PM


  • Alivings07  on  8/4/2018 at 6:28 AM

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

  • GoodnessGrandma  on  8/4/2018 at 7:26 AM


  • BMeyer  on  8/4/2018 at 8:30 AM

    quick croissants

  • mrscahughes  on  8/4/2018 at 12:48 PM

    creamy vegetable soup and croissants

  • banba1  on  8/4/2018 at 6:11 PM

    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  8/4/2018 at 9:27 PM

    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  8/4/2018 at 9:42 PM


  • Julia  on  8/4/2018 at 9:48 PM

    French pound cake and butter cookies

  • HomespunHouse  on  8/5/2018 at 1:07 AM

    Crispy fish with lemon zest

  • MiMi60  on  8/5/2018 at 11:17 AM

    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  8/5/2018 at 12:48 PM

    I would love to try grated carrot salad for my kids

  • mpdeb98  on  8/5/2018 at 7:02 PM

    Mini jam tarts

  • sgump  on  8/5/2018 at 7:18 PM

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

  • hillsboroks  on  8/5/2018 at 7:30 PM

    I would love to try the Crispy Vegetable Cakes.

  • LaurenE  on  8/5/2018 at 11:11 PM

    Chocolate Mousse

  • tennyogirl  on  8/6/2018 at 12:00 AM

    quick croissants

  • smartie101  on  8/6/2018 at 6:08 PM

    Butter Cookies

  • KarenGlad  on  8/7/2018 at 5:55 AM

    Mini tarte tatin

  • kmn4  on  8/7/2018 at 8:17 AM

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

  • Whyvette  on  8/7/2018 at 8:36 AM

    I would try her traditional French Macaron recipe.

  • jmay42066  on  8/7/2018 at 3:24 PM

    Creamy vegetable soup

  • ohyoucook  on  8/7/2018 at 8:49 PM

    Creme caramel. I love love love this dessert.

  • mph993  on  8/10/2018 at 10:24 AM

    Creamy yogurt pots

  • Dannausc  on  8/10/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Breakfast rolls

  • dtremit  on  8/11/2018 at 7:53 AM

    I'd love to master macarons!

  • Steben  on  8/11/2018 at 6:37 PM


  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  8/14/2018 at 9:55 AM

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

  • rglo820  on  8/14/2018 at 3:56 PM

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

  • liasim  on  8/18/2018 at 6:30 PM

    King cake

  • rstuart  on  8/19/2018 at 5:10 PM


  • cheftina888  on  8/25/2018 at 3:46 PM

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

  • RickPearson54  on  8/27/2018 at 1:57 PM

    king cake

  • zaava  on  8/29/2018 at 8:13 PM


  • DJCross  on  8/30/2018 at 10:29 AM

    Creamy Yogurt Pops

  • AwoodlandPrince  on  9/1/2018 at 2:36 PM

    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  9/2/2018 at 5:40 PM


  • kennethjohngilmour  on  9/3/2018 at 9:21 AM

    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  9/3/2018 at 3:07 PM

    palmier cookies

  • auntietina  on  9/7/2018 at 2:06 AM

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

  • beetangsurat  on  9/7/2018 at 6:03 PM

    No-knead French loafs!

  • choppergirl  on  9/7/2018 at 8:22 PM

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

  • Sand9  on  9/8/2018 at 9:11 AM

    Cheese puffs

  • jodangerously  on  9/9/2018 at 9:18 AM

    quick croissants

  • orchidlady01  on  9/10/2018 at 10:48 PM

    Grilled ham and cheese sandwich (Croque-monsieur)

  • EmilyR  on  9/11/2018 at 1:20 AM

    King cake (Gâteau des rois briochée)

  • ket06e  on  9/12/2018 at 10:23 AM

    Cheese puffs!

  • dmforman  on  9/17/2018 at 4:31 PM

    Creme Carmel.

  • jezpurr  on  9/17/2018 at 4:34 PM

    Quick croissants!!!^_^

  • abihamm  on  9/17/2018 at 7:26 PM

    Crème Caramel

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