A Taste of Home – a cookbook for anybody who loves great food
When people say French cooking is the best in the world, La Boheme chef and restaurateur Olivier Troalen's planned new cookbook 'A Taste of Home' is the type of cooking they’re talking about. Real French home cooking at its best.
Mock up of book cover
What’s the project about?
Olivier Troalen runs the popular French restaurant, La Boheme in Lymm, Cheshire. Seven years ago he wrote and produced his first cookbook A Taste of France in North West England. He is now planning a second one and wants to involve his fans, followers and everybody else in a unique and innovative way. Olivier wants help in raising £50,000 to create and promote the book and, in return, is offering some very special and charming rewards.
The new book is called A Taste of Home. A a departure from classic restaurant dishes, it is all about home cooking: recipes for proper French food, the way French people make it and enjoy it. If you like French cooking or if you just want to be part of something special, this crowd funding opportunity is for you.
Every £100 funder will receive all of these fantastic rewards:
★ A copy of the cookbook A Taste of Home signed by Olivier
★ Your name printed in the cookbook
★ A £50 voucher for food and drink at La Boheme, Olivier’s restaurant in Lymm, Cheshire
★ A La Boheme-branded chef’s apron
★ A VIP invitation to the book launch in September 2020
REMEMBER: if you want to go with a friend or partner to the book launch, they'll also need to sign up as A Taste of Home crowdfunder.
As head chef at La Boheme, Olivier is and always has been passionate about food and about the way it is prepared, cooked and served.
Olivier learnt his trade as most top chefs do. Some might call it the hard way, but all top chefs agree – it is the right way. Lessons you never forget as you undergo your chef’s apprenticeship.
Born and raised just north of Paris, Olivier spent much of his youth in the idyllic French Riviera town of Saint Maxime, acquiring his early appreciation of France's diverse culinary experiences from both the north and the south.
Olivier’s early career was spent learning from the best: first at one of the capital's finest catering colleges, Ferrandi, and then in London, working in the French embassy, where he served such dignitaries as The Queen, Princess Diana and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
A move north saw Olivier running restaurants, first, in Manchester and then Chester, developing his own, individual way of cooking that became the signature style for all things La Boheme.
It is this authentic style, unmistakably built upon his French roots, that Olivier brings to the table through his latest book A Taste of Home.
A Taste of Home
The idea behind A Taste of Home is to create a cookbook, containing meals and dishes that you will find on the dining room table of a typical French household. Great food to be shared in company; with family, friends and invited guests.
After 30 years of cooking, tasting and refining some of the finest French cooking there is, Olivier has selected 70 dishes that will be included in his book.
It is a collection of recipes that Olivier has developed throughout his life in various parts of France, in London and in the North West of England – his home for the last 25 years – starting in Olivier’s mother’s kitchen in St Maxime, Southern France and enriched with ideas, influences and tastes he has experienced along the way.
Each dish is assembled using simple, readily available ingredients to create a tantalising menu of starters, snacks, mains and desserts – and scrumptious delights for an indulgent, lazy weekend brunch.
There will be recipes to suit all tastes: meat, poultry, fish, vegetarian and vegan. Throw in a few professional ‘cheats’ to make the prep process that little bit quicker and you have the complete French home-cooking recipe book.
The book is expected to run to around 200 pages, with each recipe accompanied by a short introduction or anecdote explaining why Olivier was inspired to include it and beautifully illustrated with glorious photography.
Recipes for the book have already been selected and test cooking is currently being undertaken by eager volunteers to make sure the recipes work for everybody.
If you want to take part in the testing programme for the recipes, let us know when you sign up!
The finalised recipes will be completed by June 2020 and the book will be published in September when we will be holding the VIP book launch and when you will receive your reward bundle, including your signed copy - complete with your namecheck inside.
Simple ingredients, well cooked.
Here's a sneak preview of some of the dishes that will be going into the book.
Soupe de pomme de terre douce.
Brochette de poulet au gingembre et citron.
Crème brûlée au fromage de chèvre aux multiple couleurs.
Cabillaud façon meunière.
Soupe de champignons et celeriac.
Terrine de Marquise au Chocolat à la Passion.
Olivier's mum's cake. Delicious.
La Boheme is Olivier's French restaurant located in the Cheshire village of Lymm. Known locally as 'Cheshire's hidden gem', La Boheme has been serving delicious French food since 2000.
Run by Olivier and his wife, Adele, the restaurant has a loyal following of regular diners, as well as being the number one choice for many patrons' special occasion meals out.
As well as benefiting from an easy ambience and tasteful décor, unsurprisingly, it’s the innovation and quality of the food at La Boheme that entices and delights its patrons in equal measure.
The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere is the perfect setting to settle back and enjoy a pleasure-fest of food that will delight your tastebuds and charm your culinary senses - all effortlessly served by friendly and attentive staff.
From a succulent roast to a vegan masterpiece, La Boheme has something for everyone - something so good, you'll just want to come back for more.
Inside la Boheme.