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A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France

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"You can almost smell the lavender as you follow Brennan's love affair with the province that became her second home and shaped [her] culinary persona. Brennan is a talented storyteller." — San Francisco Chronicle

 

Amid the quirks and charms of the French countryside, Georgeanne Brennan began her life in Provence with the not-so-simple task of tracking down a herd of goats and the lost recipe for making cheese from their milk. From odd out-of-towner to truffle hunter and community feaster, from novice fromagère to celebrated chef and cookbook author, she learned the traditional ways of one small village-- savoring the richness of food, nature and la vie provençale.

 

"Fascinating... Brennan revels equally in the preparation and consumption of the regional cuisine… You can almost hear her lips smacking." The New York Times Book Review

"Georgeanne Brennan's romance with Provence continues to deepen, and the result of her long residence there is an intimacy with local people, food, and folkways. I would love to pull up a chair to her table." — Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun

 

GEORGEANNE BRENNAN is the author of numerous cooking and gardening books, and the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award and the IACP/Julie Child Cookbook Award for her writing. She lives in northern California and Provence, where she has a seasonal cooking school.

Synopsis:

Thirty years ago, this award-winning author and her family set out to realize the dream of a peaceful, rural existence. This evocative and passionate memoir--filled with delicious recipes and local color--describes her life cooking and living in the South of France.

Synopsis:

Georgeanne Brennan moved to Provence in 1970, seeking a simpler life. She set off on her many adventures in Provençale cuisine by tracking down a herd of goats, a cool workshop, some rennet, and the lost art of making fresh goat cheese. From this first effort throughout her time in Provence, Brennan transformed from novice fromagère to renowned, James Beard Foundation Award-winning cookbook author and food writer.

A Pig in Provence is the story of how Georgeanne Brennan fell in love with Provence. But its also the story of making a life beyond the well-trodden path and the story of how food can unite a community. In loving detail, Brennan tells of the herders who maintain a centuries-old grazing route, of the community feast that brings a town to one table, and of the daily rhythms and joys of living by the cycles of food and nature.

Sprinkled with recipes that offer samples of Brennans Provençale cooking, A Pig in Provence is a food memoir that urges you to savor every morsel.

Synopsis:

From the publisher of Under the Tuscan Sun comes another extraordinary memoir of a woman embarking on a new life this time in the South of France. Thirty years ago, James Beard Award-winning author Georgeanne Brennan set out to realize the dream of a peaceful, rural existence en Provence, She and her husband, with their young daughter in tow, bought a small farmhouse with a little land, and a few goats and pigs and so began a life-affirming journey. Filled with delicious recipes and local color, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her life cooking and living in the Proven al tradition an entrancing tale that will whet the appetite and the spirit perfect for foodies, Francophiles, or anyone who's dreamed of packing their bags and buying a ticket to the good life.

About the Author

GEORGEANNE BRENNAN is the author of numerous cooking and gardening books, and the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award and the IACP/Julie Child Cookbook Award for her writing. She lives in northern California and Provence, where she has a seasonal cooking school.

Table of Contents

introduction                                               page vii

Chapter 1             A Personal History of Goat Cheese                                                             page 1

                    Salade au fromage du chèvre avec croûtons frites— page 32

                    Goat Cheese Salad with Fried Bread

Chapter 2                                            A Pig in Provence                                                           page 35

                    Porc à lancienne avec moutarde et câpres— page 60

                    Braised Pork Shoulder with Mustard and Capers

Chapter 3                                           Fungal Obsessions                                                           page 63

                    Poulet au genièvre farci aux champignons sauvages—                                                        page 92

                    Juniper-Rubbed Chicken Stuffed with Wild Mushrooms

Chapter 4                                         Bouillabaisse for All                                                           page 95

                    Bouillabaisse toulonnaise—                         page 118

                    Bouillabaisse, Toulon Style

Chapter 5                                         Long Summer Meals                                                         page 121

                    Soupe au pistou—                                           page 148

                    Vegetable Soup with Basil-Garlic Sauce

Chapter 6              The Essence of Garlic and Le Grand Aïoli                                                         page 151

                    Le Grand Aïoli—                                              page 164

                    An Aïoli Feast

Chapter 7                               Sheep and Pieds-et-Paquets                                                         page 167

                    Gigot dagneau aux herbes de Provence— page 188

                    Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Thyme, and Lavender

Chapter 8                                                Wedding Tarts                                                         page 191

                    Tarte aux tomates—                                        page 205

                    Tomato Tart

epilogue                                                                                                                 page 207

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156033244
Author:
Brennan, Georgeanne
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
Regional & Ethnic - French
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Cookery, french
Subject:
Provencal style
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
General Cooking
Subject:
Cookery, French -- Provenðcal style.
Subject:
Provence (France) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Cooking and Food-French
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 recipes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.48 lb

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Product details 224 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156033244 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Thirty years ago, this award-winning author and her family set out to realize the dream of a peaceful, rural existence. This evocative and passionate memoir--filled with delicious recipes and local color--describes her life cooking and living in the South of France.
"Synopsis" by , Georgeanne Brennan moved to Provence in 1970, seeking a simpler life. She set off on her many adventures in Provençale cuisine by tracking down a herd of goats, a cool workshop, some rennet, and the lost art of making fresh goat cheese. From this first effort throughout her time in Provence, Brennan transformed from novice fromagère to renowned, James Beard Foundation Award-winning cookbook author and food writer.

A Pig in Provence is the story of how Georgeanne Brennan fell in love with Provence. But its also the story of making a life beyond the well-trodden path and the story of how food can unite a community. In loving detail, Brennan tells of the herders who maintain a centuries-old grazing route, of the community feast that brings a town to one table, and of the daily rhythms and joys of living by the cycles of food and nature.

Sprinkled with recipes that offer samples of Brennans Provençale cooking, A Pig in Provence is a food memoir that urges you to savor every morsel.

"Synopsis" by , From the publisher of Under the Tuscan Sun comes another extraordinary memoir of a woman embarking on a new life this time in the South of France. Thirty years ago, James Beard Award-winning author Georgeanne Brennan set out to realize the dream of a peaceful, rural existence en Provence, She and her husband, with their young daughter in tow, bought a small farmhouse with a little land, and a few goats and pigs and so began a life-affirming journey. Filled with delicious recipes and local color, this evocative and passionate memoir describes her life cooking and living in the Proven al tradition an entrancing tale that will whet the appetite and the spirit perfect for foodies, Francophiles, or anyone who's dreamed of packing their bags and buying a ticket to the good life.
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