, May 08, 2014
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Published in 1973, in which de Groot writes about the time he spent at a French inn (L’Auberge de l’Atre Fleuri in St-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, Savoy) and the amazing meals he ate and shared with new found friends.
After reading a fantastic article in a local magazine about a woman’s search and failed attempt to find this book, I decided I had to go on my own quest to find it for myself. Alas, Powell Books!
Filled with magnificent descriptive narrative of de Groots travels to a place far away and almost unbelievable, and recipes so divine they are almost un-attemptable, this book took me on a fantastic voyage. Each page better then the next. de Groot takes you from the curvy rocky roads to the Inn, to the pristine kitchen of Mademoiselle Ray and to the rustic markets of Gernoble with Mademoiselle Vivette. These remarkable women teach him the art of a well balanced meal using the valley, rivers and local farmers to supply them with the freshest ingredients.
If you are a cook or chef or just have a deep love for food and travel, I encourage you to read this book. It will leave you hungry and dreaming to pack your bags for your own journey to the Auberge.