In the French kitchen with kids: the cover!

In the French Kitchen with Kids cover on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’ve been waiting for this day for a really long time. And now it’s here, I’m kinda speechless.

So, here’s my book cover!  I am totally in love with this cover because:

1. Little hands! Never did I ever imagine my cover without little hands (actual legit Petit Chef hands too!!!)
2. Little hands making croissants! Because they can.
3. Um, a foreword by DORIE GREENSPAN? Hello?!?!

This cover is EXACTLY as I have pictured it in my head since before I even started properly working on the book (I like to plan ahead!). For me, there was no question that it would end up looking like this. This is my cover.

(wanna know a secret? I actually cannot stop looking at it)

But better than the cover is what’s inside:

  • 60+ “real French food” recipes that kids (and big kids!) can make (with a little bit of help). Not dumbed down, just do-able for kids, tested by people all over the world (and by my own students!);
  • Loads of tips to help get you started cooking with (your) kids;
  • A few French language and culture lessons along the way. Because, well, a French teacher can’t help herself;
  • BEAUTIFUL photography by Kyla Zanardi and gorgeous food styling by Dara Sutin;
  • Glimpses of inside the kitchen at Plum Lyon where we spent a week shooting in March 2017.
  • Little hands. Real-life Petits Chefs.

And guess what? Actual people other than me and my editor have read it. Want to know what they thought?

Advance praise for In the French kitchen with kids:

One of the best ways to have fun and bond with young people is to cook with them as partners. Kids are inherently creative; the smell and taste of the dishes produced will stay with them permanently. In the French Kitchen with Kids, a thorough, well-organized, approachable and friendly cookbook, will take your child on a delectable culinary voyage leading to a lifetime of lasting memories.

– Jacques Pépin

Mardi brings the flavors of France into your home, and makes them fun for the family to prepare together. From Quick Croissants to silky Crème Caramel, In the French Kitchen with Kids brings everyone to the table, in the true French spirit.

– David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen

As a French mother of two and a passionate cook, I applaud Mardi’s French-inspired approach to inviting kids into the kitchen. Her extensive teaching experience shines through the entire book, and encourages parents everywhere to share their love of simple, homemade foods with their children.

– Clotilde Dusoulier, author of Tasting Paris and the blog Chocolate & Zucchini

Mardi’s knowledge and dedication to teaching the next generation about the joys of cooking the French classics is obvious, and her fun, thoughtful approach is not only inspiring, it’s totally infectious! My family and I can’t wait to take her with us on our next kitchen adventure.

– Gail Simmons, food critic, TV host and author of Bringing It Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating

Cooking French food with kids might sound like a recipe for disaster. But with veteran kids’ cooking teacher Mardi Michels as a guide, your tiny chefs will soon be whipping up everything from poulet rôti to profiteroles! With clear, concise, and friendly directions – filled with practical advice, and luscious photos – In the French kitchen with kids makes French cuisine easy and accessible for all ages.

– Ann Mah, author of Mastering the Art of French Eating, and The Lost Vintage

I have always marveled at the French talent for educating their children in matters of taste. No age is considered too young to start learning to recognize quality food and to appreciate the pleasures of a shared table. Mardi Michels’ inviting new book creates the kind of allure that will excite children about cooking and leave them feeling empowered and proud of their results.

– Laura Calder, author of French Food at Home and The Inviting Life

We love this collection of irresistible recipes and useful kitchen tips. But the real star of the book is Mardi’s warm and confident encouragement that kids and parents alike can master delicious French food.

– Laura Keogh and Ceri Marsh, authors of The School Year Survival Cookbook and How to Feed a Family


So honoured.

So speechless.


And guess what? you can…

Pre-order In the French kitchen with kids !

Buy In the French kitchen with kids on Indigo (Canada)

Buy In the French kitchen with kids on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store closest to you – affiliate link)

Buy In the French kitchen with kids on The Book Depository (worldwide – affiliate link)

Buy In the French kitchen with kids on Barnes & Noble

Buy In the French kitchen with kids on on Indiebound


Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for more details about the book (launch) in the months leading up to July 31st!

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35 Responses to In the French kitchen with kids: the cover!

  1. Cathy Best January 24, 2018 at 07:30 #

    Literally everything about this makes me so happy! The beautiful cover, the little hands, the advance praise (from some rock stars in the culinary world – WOW!!!) . . . all of it! So happy for you, Mardi!! Now, off to preorder my own copy . . . 🙂

  2. Mr. Neil January 24, 2018 at 07:46 #

    Absolutely fantastic! Congratulations. Bubbly on the weekend. 🙂

  3. Tucsonbabe January 24, 2018 at 08:02 #


    If the book is as good as the cover (and I am sure that it is), you have a ‘hit” on your hands. I can’t wait to purchase it and send it to my grandchildren. Congratulations.

  4. Jen January 24, 2018 at 09:03 #

    The cover is lovely. The words of praise are lovely. I cannot wait for my children to get cooking French food. Your passion for educating children is inspiring. Cheers!

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2018 at 12:20 #

      Thank you so much Jen! Your support is so appreciated!

  5. Kathleen Davies January 24, 2018 at 09:05 #

    Looks beautiful! I know how much love and hard work you have put into this project. Congratulations!!
    Will be ordering my copy…..

    • Mardi Michels January 24, 2018 at 12:19 #

      Thanks so much – you’re had to hear so much about it! Soon we can all cook from it!

  6. Pam January 24, 2018 at 09:13 #

    Congratulations! I have been waiting for this book since you first mentioned it. Love the cover. Just preordered my copy through your link to Amazon.

  7. Summer January 24, 2018 at 11:52 #

    Congratulations Mardi, It’s gorgeous. I’m looking forward to it.

  8. Geoff January 24, 2018 at 16:26 #

    Hey – and this is the moment I tell all your followers you’re my daughter. Well done, Mardi – so proud of you.

  9. Diane Zwang January 24, 2018 at 22:10 #

    Beautiful cover. I am so happy for you and all of your success. I can’t wait to get my copy and share it with others.

    • Mardi Michels January 28, 2018 at 20:17 #

      Thank you so much for all your support over the years XO

  10. Margrèt Jóhanna January 25, 2018 at 09:06 #

    Congratulations! Looks beautiful. Can’t wait for my copy to share with my two boys.

  11. Aimee Wimbush-Bourque January 28, 2018 at 20:13 #

    I’m SO in love with this cover. My kids and I can’t wait to cook and bake our way through your book, Mardi!

    • Mardi Michels January 28, 2018 at 20:16 #

      Thank you so much! I am thrilled the cover is everything I hoped it would be!

  12. Tami January 28, 2018 at 23:09 #

    Done and dusted – now I just have to wait 183 days plus postage to receive my official copy of the recipes I tested 🙂

    Congratz to you Mardi – can only begin to imagine how super excited you must be.

    Oh and when will volume 2 be available for purchase 😉

    • Mardi Michels January 29, 2018 at 05:03 #

      LOL! Give me a chance, I’m still working on this manuscript! And thank you! For testing, for purchasing XO

  13. Summer March 11, 2018 at 14:08 #

    Mardi, I’m really looking forward to your book BTW, you might double check the very last sentence of your bio for a small typo on Amazon. Not a biggie.

  14. Monica March 25, 2018 at 01:04 #

    Congratulations Mardi⚘

  15. Anne Marie March 29, 2018 at 08:08 #

    Brava! My daughter — who is obsessed with baking — is going to love this!!

  16. Dani April 2, 2018 at 22:33 #

    Congrats! it looks great 🙂

  17. marie douglas May 9, 2018 at 10:38 #

    I think the little hands in the kitchen just add a whole lot more love to the recipe!! One of my kids favorite past times are spent baking together.
    Thank you so much for sharing, keep up the good work xx

  18. ashley hoober September 18, 2018 at 10:16 #

    absolutely love this post. Its so hard finding food that my kids can help make and will ALSO eat haha. thanks for sharing

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