“To be a good cook, you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work, and a love of creating.” – Julia Child
As a culinary enthusiast and self-professed Francophile, I can’t help but appreciate Julia Child’s introduction to the French motto of good food, good wine, and good company as a sort of life philosophy to adhere to. While French food has been known to be elaborate at times or flawless in its execution, it’s the relaxed meals and communal gatherings of the countryside that appeal to me most. Roast chicken seasoned with garlic, olive oil, and herbs de provence…stone fruit caramelized in a cast iron skillet and flipped over a bed of pastry…or slow-fermented dough kneaded into a crusty, airy boule….these are just a few of my favorite things about rustic, French cooking.
At home, I often cook with this farm-to-table approach, cooking with what’s seasonal and fresh. I shop for quality ingredients from local artisans and farmers, as I find the more love that goes into your food, the better the results. I adore sharing the meals produced with family and friends, celebrating and savoring each moment that I have with them. The laughs and memories shared at the table are some of my most cherished.
I believe everybody deserves to have this kind of time with their loved ones, and I truly feel that a good meal is one of the best ways to make it happen. That’s why I share a lot of the tried and true recipes I make at home here on the blog, to inspire a love of cooking and baking in others. Mon Petit Four, which translates to my little oven in French, represents the idea that no matter the size of your kitchen or simplicity of your equipment, with quality ingredients and love, you can produce the most wonderful meals. At Mon Petit Four you will find a collection of recipes that not only reflect the fuss-free nature of French farm-to-table cooking, but recipes that will soothe taste buds and warm hearts.
the writer, cook, and photographer
After graduating from UCLA in 2011, Beeta moved to New York City to work in creative marketing for a popular fashion company. It was there that she honed her online media skills and passion for styling. Little did she know that these talents would inspire her creativity in the kitchen as well.
After her first trip to Paris and a move back home to Southern California, Beeta adopted a more simplistic and refined approach to cooking and baking. Experiencing the farm-to-table cuisine of France and California influenced Beeta to adopt this culinary lifestyle at home.
Today, Beeta works as a freelance food writer, food photographer, and the the author of this blog. With every project she works on, Beeta seeks to bring a touch of romanticism and refinement, the way the French so artfully do.
To contact Beeta, please email Contact@MonPetitFour.com
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