If the styling in my new book has caught your eye, a good place to start (if you’re looking at replicating the look in your own kitchen) is your local second-hand shop. I love a good vintage find, and living in France has enabled me to fiercely feed my love of secondhand kitchen bits and bobs. Yes, you can fit a lot of cooking ware into a petite space, if you arrange your cupboard(s) carefully!
I’m a firm believer that you don’t need to spend exorbitant amounts of money to create a functional kitchen. In fact – I approach my own kitchenware with the opposite goal in mind. Put family hand-me-downs to good use, keep your eyes peeled for bits and bobs at flea markets, second-hand stores, even garage sales. Of course – if you can – invest in a few good quality pieces that will last the distance (Le Creuset is a staple in the Khoo family).
Merci to my prop stylist Nathalie who sourced the lovely props that adorn the pages of “My Little French Kitchen”. If you’re a fan of the overall aesthetic in my new book, here are some ideas and suggestions of how you can create the “My Little French Kitchen” in your own cooking space (hint this might kickstart a vintage treasure hunting obsession):
2* – This gratin dish from Staub adds a chic but practical touch. Equally useful for cooking and serving.
3* – The lovely Parisian concept store Merci is a constant source of culinary (and home) inspiration. A word of warning – you might have a hard time choosing from all the lovely options, like this blue enamel plate.
4* – My trusty enamel mixing bowl gets a regular workout in my kitchen. I love my kitchenware even more if it is dotted with imperfections, little dints, and marks that tell a (delicious) story. Love this Etsy find with its matching lid.
5* – We had fun choosing pieces from Mud Australia to include in the book. I love the soft, calming colours in this ceramic range.
GIVEAWAY: I say there’s always space to squeeze a new addition into your kitchen cupboards, especially when it looks this lovely. Thanks to Le Creuset, I’ve got one Marseille Blue Shallow Casserole dish to giveaway. Love the fresh colour, and I was in Marseille during my trip around France for the new book – so this pot is a good fit for cooking recipes from ‘My Little French Kitchen’!
Follow these steps for your chance to win. Bonne chance!
1. Take a photo of your favourite, old faithful item in your kitchen. Old pots, hand-me-downs, favourite knife set – whatever is your most treasured thing to cook with.
3. Include the hashtag #rachelkhoomarseille.
I’ll be drawing a winner on Wednesday November 13, so you’ve got until 5:00pm GMT Tuesday November 12 to enter this giveaway.
Here’s the fine print: This Marseille Blue Shallow Casserole (30cm Round, £155.00 RRP, serves 4-6people) giveaway is open for residents of the UK only (sorry – it’s a heavy pot to post!). In order to be eligible for entry refer to the steps listed above. Any queries, send me an email