The Cook's Atelier: Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School
The Cook’s Atelier cookbook offers a taste of Burgundy, with classic French recipes and cooking techniques, captivating photos, and stories of a family's life in France.
Mother and daughter American expats Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini always dreamed of living in France. With a lot of hard work and a sprinkling of fate, they realized this dream and founded The Cook’s Atelier, a celebrated French cooking school in the heart of Burgundy. Combining their professional backgrounds in food and wine, they created a convivial international culinary destination. Their debut cookbook chronicles their life in a charming French village and their relationships with the region's artisan food producers and winemakers. Featuring 130 market-inspired recipes, arranged in seasonal menus, the book—like their school—teaches classic French techniques in a beautiful, approachable way. With more than 200 enchanting photographs, The Cook’s Atelier is a richly illustrated presentation of the family's delicious world, and a practical primer for adopting elements of the French lifestyle at home, no matter where you live.
Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini are the mother-and-daughter duo behind The Cook’s Atelier, a French cooking school, culinary boutique, and wine shop in Beaune, France.
After years working as a pastry chef and later running her own farm-to-table restaurant and cooking school in downtown Phoenix, Marjorie took a leap of faith, leaving everything behind to start anew and join her daughter, Kendall, in Burgundy, France. A true Francophile at heart, Kendall pursued French studies at University, ultimately moving to Paris to work for Christie’s auction house. She quickly developed a side passion for wine, which eventually led to Beaune, where she fine-tuned her viticulture and oenology studies in Burgundy’s wine country.
After years of research, professional work experience, and study – both in food and wine, independently and together – Marjorie and Kendall joined paths in Beaune and founded The Cook’s Atelier, a renowned small family business and brand.
The Cook’s Atelier has been featured in many publications, including Travel & Leisure, Fodor’s, Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures Magazine, Rick Steves, Côté Est, and more.