A land where food and the people involved in bringing it to a plate are celebrated. Its people enjoy discovering, procuring and preparing food almost as much as they enjoy eating it. Those entering Gourmandistan should be prepared to endure tales of farmers, farm shares, fancy and not so fancy restaurants and features of a good kitchen—as well as recipes, amateur food porn and scathing contempt for industrial “food.”
Likes gadgets, games and good food. “Nose to tail” approach to meat-eating often results in eating actual noses and/or tails. Will eat almost anything and try anything at least once, yet cannot develop a liking for liver. Would like to stay in every Relais & Chateaux lodging on the globe, but will currently settle for returning to the Prieuré d’Orsan. A writer and brand consultant, Steve lives in Kentucky with Michelle, tends chickens, shops for groceries/fetches CSA shares, spoils cats and helps Michelle cook.
Reads cookbooks like novels, has purchased more than she can remember, and currently owns too many to easily count. Follows chefs the way others follow celebrities. Loathes pesticides, factory farming and processed corporate products. Enjoys food, photography, cooking and travel and (only a bit guiltily) trashy celebrity gossip. Likes dessert, embraces garlic and seeks variety on every plate. A practicing attorney, Michelle currently lives on about 14 acres of former Kentucky tobacco farm, along with Steve, some cats, numerous chickens and an impressive assortment of kitchen gadgets.
Love it …….
Thanks for sharing all your talents .
Beautiful blog! I love your country of food! Are the elegantly coifed chickens residents of Gourmandistan?
Thanks, Debra! They are in residence. Sadly, though, they have turned into a batch of peckers and the beautiful coifs are no more. We believe that soon they will be dinner.
This site is spectacular!! When’s the movie coming out?
Oh, any day now. Ha!
Michelle and Steve: Thank you for the work you do to produce this BEAUTIFUL site. I’ve just found it, thanks to a mutual friend who knows of our shared interests. Gourmandistan has already jumped into my list of favorite blogs. I am excited about what is happening with Kentucky food and food writing/media. You two are making a huge contribution. I look forward to meeting you, something I am told may happen as soon as this weekend!
Thank you so much. Look forward to meeting you, too, and looking at your site!
I’ve come home from the annual Turner Christmas gathering with many tidbits over the years…..homemade fudge, great laughs, happy memories, and even the chicken pox. Today I was delighted to bring home your URL…along with everything else (except the chicken pox)! Lovely and delightful!!
Oh, thank you! Sorry we couldn’t make it this year…
I love your approach to food. Gorgeous photos too!
Thanks so much! Come again sometime.
Your cat is awesome. So are your photos.
Thanks so much! Oh, that’s Jeeves. His brother, Bertie, was probably doing something wicked outside the frame.
Thanks for the comment about the Canal du Midi on our blog – and turning us on to your recipes!
You’re so welcome! I look forward to reading/seeing more of one of my favorite parts of the world.
What a pleasure to discover this blog! And I *love* the title.
Many thanks—come again soon.
What a fabulous site – and thanks for subscribing to mine! Now I just need some chickies like yours, they´re gorgeous 🙂
Thanks … uhm, I mean gracias! Yes, these little French girls were beautiful. But so very dumb they spent their days banging into the doors of the coop. We’re sticking with slightly more peasant-y breeds now.
I love your blog too! I tape a passion for food photography and get so inspired by sites like yours! I am new at blogging and need to learn more about linking etc. I will make sure I link to your blog from Myfrenchheaven. Maybe you’ll return the favor? :0)
All the very best for 2012!
Kudos to you two for such a beautiful site! Really enjoying both the writing and the photography.
Thanks so much, Jayne!
Great blog title, writing and recipes! Glad to have found you. Who takes the pics? (They’re great.) Ken
Thanks so much! I do most of the photos. Steve does most of the writing (though I play at editor, as it’s much more fun than lawyering).
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – I’ve directed Bob to your site as he researches developing his own real estate/home improvement blog. Now if we can only inspire him to cook…
Tell him to go to wordpress.com and look around. Lots of great templates. There’s a little learning curve, but it doesn’t take long. But, sorry I can’t help with the cooking issue! I guess it will just have to fall to you!
Just found your blog – I’m excited for what I’ll find if I continue to poke around. Beautiful photos! Thank you!
Thanks so much, Julia. Come again!
I don’t think I’ve commented before on your blog, but it is a wonderful place to visit and read. Just to let you know, I’ve nominated you for Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling for your very tasty-looking and wry blog.
Oh, thanks so much! That’s definitely Steve: wry. (I love that word, too.)
I just discovered your blog, and am in love – ready to change my “residency” and become a Gourmandistani!
So sweet! And we have very liberal immigration rules…
I look at lots of food blogs and follow a few. I love what you are doing here. The writing style and photography appeal greatly. Thanks for following my blog at http://www.conorbofin.com (shameless self promotion). I look forward to seeing more.
Thanks so much. And, given that Steve also spent much of his career in advertising, we’d never complain about promotion, self- or otherwise!
Thank you for this lovely blog. I am having a bit of a problem with my cooking lately. Although I have studied and taken all kinds of ethnic food cookery courses, I find myself torn between the various dietary dilemmas and tastes of my friends and family.
You’re so welcome! Yeah, it’s hard these days. Everybody seems to have some issue, real or imagined.
Your blog is presented beautifully. Reading it has brought sunshine to a rainy Sunday.
Thanks so much, Mary Jane.
Hi Michelle, hi Steve. Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read. Greatly appreciated and I look forward to swapping food stories with you from the other side of the world! Happy noms for 2013!
You’re so welcome! I have it bookmarked to return and read some more. Happy new year to you as well!
Nice to find a fellow KY blogger. Where in KY are you exactly? And are you going to FoodBlogSouth 2013?
Outside Louisville (Brownsboro). And you? I don’t have any plans to go. What about yourself?
I’ve lived in Gourmandistan for many years now, and am happy to “meet” other citizens!!! Really nice mention in Country Living mag, march 2013 – where I found you, I’ll be folowing your every meal!
Sweet! There’s much to be said for imaginary countries.
Thanks for following The Pearl Kitchen. Hope you enjoy the stories and recipes from a little island on the other side of the world 🙂 I like your witty blog. Its fun to read with well presented visuals 😉
You are so welcome. I clicked follow at work the other day, intending to go back and read further—which I definitely will. And thanks!
You have a very awesome blog and I love every bit of it. I can’t seem to get enough of it so I am going to begin to stalk you both. Hope you don’t mind.
Too sweet. Stalk away!
Hello, I have enjoyed your blog a lot and find it beautiful. I am passing you the One Lovely Blog Award. Please visit http://cookingwithmamamiyuki.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/one-lovely-blog-award/ for the rules as follow.
How wonderful, what a great introduction! I’m very glad you stumbled upon my site, so that I in turn could discover yours. Looking forward to more articles about your menagerie and gastronomic goings-on.
Thanks so much, Angelica. My good luck from scrolling through the Reader!
Very clever photos! You must come visit Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario one day. It is a lovely R&C inn located about an hour or so out of Toronto. It is well worth a visit! Anyway, I am so happy to have found your blog as I really enjoy your writing style and clever wit.
Thank you so much! And Langdon Hall looks lovely. We’ve been talking about how we need to go to Toronto again…
Hi Michelle and Steve!
I’m nominating you for the very inspiring blogger award! You may follow through with this award or ignore – it’s up to you. Personally, I’m only nominating one blog per award because of my time constraints. Actually, I’d rather be doing important stuff. But here is the link:
But seriously I love your blog and you two are inspiring – thus, the award.
Sweet of you!
I appreciate your blog content very much and am passing the Team Member Readership Award http://cookingwithmamamiyuki.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/team-member-readership-award/
Thanks so much!
i’m so glad to find your blog. It’s fabulous. I like foods and pictures.
Thanks so much, Jessie. I am looking forward to learning more about Korean food (which I adore!) from you.
I’m so glad to hear that you like Korean food. I hope that my blog will help you to indulge in real Korean homemade foods. ^^ I guess i will be able to get inspirations from your great blog.
Love your ethos (both) – and note I own most of the cookbooks piled up in your first pic, always a good sign, much in favour of nose to tail eating too. Great blog, thanks, Tracey
Thank you so much! I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the Hebrides—looks so beautiful.
So glad I found you! You guys are fun. (I get the cookbook thing. The picture at top looks really familiar. Did you sneak into my house and take a few snaps?)
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You have chickens? I want chickens! Jealous 🙂 Love your blog!
We do. We used to have lots (like in the twenties or … gasp! … thirties of chickens). But we’ve downsized and now just have 6. Which is a good number for the two of us with some eggs for friends and family. And thanks much!
The great pictures have made my hungry. I must go eat now.
I likes the name of your blog. I thought the person behind this blog is an Indian because India is called “Hindustan” in India. So I thought it is a match of Gourmet + Hindustan. Lol, anyways nice blog with very good stuff. TC
It was all part of the evil plan to lure you in. 🙂
Sooo happy I came across your blog! Love the recipes I’ve seen so far and the pictures are great!
Mya, a new follower 🙂
Thank you, Mya! Come back again soon.
Nice family and lifestyle. Great food and presentation of your site.
Thanks very much!
Wow, what a beautiful blog! I am amazed by the quality of your photographs! And all your recipes look good… I am a new blogger trying to get inspired… this is the kind of blog I would like to have, bravo!
I love your blog! So glad to have discovered it. 🙂 Such interesting, happy recipe choices, and gorgeous photos!
How sweet of you, Allison. Please come again!
You guys are adorable! I love your writing, humor, and lovely recipes!
Hello Michelle & Steve, You have a lovely/elegant blog. I only explored briefly for now, loved everything I saw/read…your recipe choices and photography are superb. I will be back to be amused further. ~Fae.
How sweet–thanks much!
You’ve captured my imagination! Stamp my visa, I’m coming for a visit 🙂
You’re welcome anytime!
I don’t know how I have missed your blog but I’m glad I found it. Look forward to reading more of it. 🙂
beautiful blog … beautiful thoughts and beautiful recipes:) Nice to come across you both!
Hello! Just letting you know we’ve nominated you for the versatile blogger award. As always, acceptance is purely optional, so if you’re interest then please visit my post here http://arecipeforgluttony.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/versatile-blogger-awards/
A great blog. Looking forward to reading more of your blog. Emma xx
So sweet! Thanks, Emma.
What mouthwatering recipes, photos, & love your anecdotal, cross-referential writing style!
Do you remember those “My school friends” albums back in elementary/junior high, my hobbies #1 & 2 were “eating” & “reading baking books”!
How very sweet. And what a precocious child you were!
It’s great to have found your blog. Stunning photos. I look forward to reading more. Emma xx
Well just saw this page for the first time- absolutely fabulous!
Hi my name is Cherise. I spoke with your mother this morning and she told me to contact u. Look foward talking and hearing about your blogs! #chefReese
So nice to meet you, Cherise! And I understand from my mom that I may be seeing you on TV soon. Looking forward to it!
Reading about your adventures into all things food is always such a joy for me. It’s addictive! I have, therefore, nominated you for A Lovely Blog Award. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you. All the best, Annabel
Just stumbled upon your blog and really love it. Great voice and very inspiring recipes. Look forward to digging in and reading more of your posts. Eva
Thank you so much, Eva. Come again soon!
Very very nice work!! wow! 🙂 i follow
I fell in love with the name of your blog. 🙂
So yummy!! よろしくおねがいします：D
Michelle, I looked for a “follow via email” button your page and couldn’t find it. I did find you on bloglovin’, though. 🙂
Shanna, there’s one on the left side of every page. But, if you’re looking at on a phone or tablet, it may not show up.
Thanks; I logged on just to look at the food. I’m on a diet 🙂
Ha! Thanks for stopping by.
your pictures are superb! well done and will happily follow you guys!
Thanks, how sweet!
Really happy to have discovered your blog. Lovely recipes and photos!
Great blog! Thanks for sharing !
You’re so welcome!
great blog! everything looks awesome…
Hi! I enjoy the comments on this blog almost as much as the blog in itself… I guess that means you’ve managed to create a real community. Well done! And please keep at it. It’s just delicious.
And what a wonderful comment that is—thanks so much and please join in!
Great website, and your photos are spectacular! Keep it up! 🙂
So nice of you—thanks!
food looks great definitely inspired for our blog
beautifully done website – wonderful selection of recipies
I’ve really enjoyed your site. I publish a cooking blog as well, and I’m ending my first year as a new Louisville resident. Such a great town!
Thanks so much! Glad to know you’re not having too much culture shock.
I just want to let you know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I absolutely love your recipes and think your blog is one of the best out there. Keep up the good work!
You can find out more about the award and how to accept the nomination by visiting http://supperlovin.com/2016/01/11/versatile-blogger-award/.
All the best,
Your Blog is inspiring and beautiful ! Thank you for putting so much love into the posts. I will follow with great interest!
What a sweet comment!
Just found your lovely site by accident while looking for a recipe using fresh cherries. I’m in Germany, and therefore often deprived of good food, but good beer isn’t a problem! : )
You are now bookmarked for further inspiration/exploration. Thank you.
Thank you so much. Come back soon!
First time to your website and I started here, and I already love both of you! Off to rummage around your recipes.