Synopses & Reviews
Invited to venture beyond the portals of 18 very different houses from every corner of France, Christopher Petkanas describes his hosts - countess and dairy farmer, gardener and cookery writer, wine grower and decorator - their homes - from a Provencal farmhouse to a Parisian apartment - and their food - from foie gras to saucisson. Accompanied by anecdotes and illustrations, the book celebrates the French traditions of cookery and entertaining. Each chapter concludes with a set of recipes from the menu described and pictured in the text.
The French, more than any other nationality, have refined the art of entertaining. Whether they live in a humble cottage or a chateau, and serve cuisine rustique or haute cuisine, they know exactly how to welcome guests and set a lovely table loaded with delicious dishes. Visit eighteen very different households, from Brittany to Provence, from farmhouse to apartment. Among the places you'll go and the foods you'll hear about -- and perhaps try, using one of the 70 recipes here -- are a painter's residence in Aveyron, to eat stuffed duck; a cheesemaker's house in the Vaucluse, for an assortment of charcuterie, lamb, and orange chocolate cake; and a bull breeder's dwelling in the Camargue, where seafood is on the menu.
Visit 18 French households, from Brittany to Provence, from farmhouse to apartment, and experience each setting's traditional cuisine rustique
or haute cuisine
. 70 recipes here include stuffed duck; fine cheese, orange chocolate cake, and succulent seafood.