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Bonjour! Welcome to cooking and life in France. This site is currently on standby; see below where you can me, similar content, and much more!

On Rue Tatin is currently on hiatus; please join me at my new platform  Dancing Tomatoes! You’ll find loads of content, and can keep in touch with me there. I can’t wait to see you!

Cooking locally and seasonally is my philosophy – I copied it from the French who consider it the key to everything good at the table.

Until mid-June, however, I will be on sabbatical and not teaching, either in Louviers or Paris. Forgive my tardy replies to your mails, do not lose heart, I will look forward to seeing you soon. Meanwhile, I will resolutely and with delight respond to you, but I ask for your patience!

Together, we put this little French secret to work at On Rue Tatin in Normandy and Paris to make fantastic meals. We combine it with time-honored techniques and tips. We add gracious, authentic lifestyle and joie de vivre, lots of warmth, some colorful markets, laughter and voila! You’re living the French life in the heart of a beautiful French town. And all of that is what you’ll take home with you, along with a basketful of cooking wealth and confidence.

From food to wine, people to atmosphere, your time at On Rue Tatin will be unforgettable. And that is my goal for you!

“I spent the best week of my life with Susan at On Rue Tatin!” Joy, England.

“I’ve never laughed so hard nor learned so much,” Denise, Colorado

“My cooking has changed forever. I do more of it, and everything tastes so much better. Thank you, Susan!” Sheila, Iowa

Embrace everyday cooking with Susan Loomis’s Plat du Jour, her appealing take on the French formule.

Discover the pleasures of cooking—and eating—with this French approach to everyday meals. Featured on bistro menus and dinner tables throughout France, the plat du jour is the centerpiece of a two-course meal, a formula that Susan Loomis cleverly presents here. By pairing substantial main dishes such as Boeuf Bourguignon, Poule au Pot, and Bouillabaisse, with just the right starter, side, and/or dessert, Plat du Jour makes getting dinner on the table as easy as un, deux, trois!

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It’s here and causing a sensation!!!! See what the press is saying! My latest book, FRENCH GRILL!  Find it, share it, use it, give it to your girl and your boyfriends, your kids and your parents!  They’ll love it.

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Susan May 16, 2020
Pizza became the most common confinement food, I discovered in an unofficial poll. In my former one kilometer of freedom I counted 25 restaurants offering...

French Confinement Cuisine

Susan April 21, 2020
Oh my, where is the time going?  This virus doesn’t just provoke horror, it eats time.  Never in my life have I had so much...

Wine in a Box

Susan February 1, 2020
  As I wiped a tiny drop from the plastic spigot sticking out of the box of wine I’d just opened, I had to laugh. ...


Leg of Lamb with Mustard – Gigot à la Moutarde

Susan April 6, 2020

Seed Crackers

Susan March 28, 2020
Seed Crackers - Crisp, salty (this depends on you), crunchy and satisfying, if these were Italian they'd be called brutto ma buono - ugly but...

Braised Artichokes with Herbs

Susan February 18, 2020
SMALL ARTICHOKES BRAISED WITH GARLIC - PETITS ARTICHAUTS AUX AROMATES - This is a lovely side dish when to make with any small artichoke. Those...

Sweet and Salty Almonds

Susan February 1, 2020
SWEET AND SALTY ALMONDS - AMANDES SUCRE SALES - - , ; - - Appetizer - French - almond - cinnamon - star anise -...


Susan October 23, 2019
SPECULOOS – CINNAMON COOKIES - This cookie has seduced the non-cinnamon loving population of France. It will seduce you too. - all-purpose flour, baking soda,...

Fig Jam

Susan October 9, 2019
Fig Jam - - fresh figs (rinsed), lemon (rinsed and cut in paper thin slices, seeds removed), candied ginger (cut in thin matchsticks), sugar, lemon...

Smoked Salmon, Horseradish, and Almonds

Susan August 14, 2019
SMOKED SALMON WITH HORSERADISH CREAM AND ALMONDS - - smoked salmon (lox style, preferably without nitrates,), almond or extra-virgin olive oil, cucumber (peeled, seeded, cut...

Rhubarb Ginger and Speculoos Tartelettes

Susan August 14, 2019
RHUBARB AND SPECULOOS TARTELETTES - TARTELETTES A LA RHUBARB ET SPECULOOS - These tartelettes surprise and delight everyone because they offer just the right combination...

Irish Brown Bread

Susan July 31, 2019
IRISH BROWN BREAD - You'll love this nutty, whole-meal bread. You can get wholemeal from King Arthur And if you don't have buttermilk on hand...

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