Susan Loomis On Rue Tatinphotos by Stacey Haines for Traditional Home

I didn’t know this before we moved, but coming to France means getting to meet the most interesting people. Last week I was introduced to Susan Loomis. Susan is an American chef that has lived and cooked in France for the last 15 years or so. Do you know her work? She’s published 9(!) beautiful books — a mix of cookbooks and memoirs.

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Susan’s home is actually a restored convent in the town center of Louviers (about an hour outside of Paris). It is an amazing home — and literally across the street from a cathedral! It looks like it’s straight out of a medieval movie set. And she opens it to visitors. For reals. She teaches cooking classes there and even hosts events called Lunches in the Country — you come to Susan’s house with a group of 10 or more and she’ll cook a meal for you and host it in her dining room. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Traditional Home actually wrote up a wonderful feature all about Susan this month.

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I’m daydreaming of having my sisters, sister-in-laws, aunts and mothers come to France to take one of Susan’s classes. It would be fun to cook and learn and eat together in such a gorgeous setting.

P.S. — Just curious: What sorts of things do you like to do on vacations? Reading on the beach? Skydiving? Taking cooking classes?