Synopses & Reviews
Long lauded as one of the worlds most revered culinary instructors, French-born Madeleine Kammans career arose from remarkably humble beginnings in central France. As a young woman, Madeleine got her training by working in a family restaurant in Touraine and in the kitchens of Frances most respected regional cooks, who nourished her appetite for the tradition, rigor, and personal nature of cooking. Her exuberant and colorful memoir of that time originally published over 25 years ago tells of collecting mussels at the shore, churning butter from the milk of village cows, gathering mushrooms in nearby woods, and then transforming them into glorious food under the tutelage of her informal mentors. Over 250 recipes for the simple dishes she learned at their sides illustrate her evocative reminiscences of a bygone era in rural France. Part travelogue, part social history, part instruction manual, this classic is required reading for anyone who wants to know more about the life, times, and tastes of a woman who has helped shape American cooking.
"An excellent book for reading, learning, and a bit of nostalgia." Christian Science Monitor
"A delightful, sensitive, and well-written book that is as enjoyable for the text as it is for the recipes." Library Journal
About the Author
Madeleine Kamman was born in Paris and started her culinary career in 1940 at her aunts restaurant in the Touraine region of France. A revered culinary instructor since 1962, Kamman has written two other books: Dinner Against the Clock and the recently revised The New Making of a Cook. She lives in Williston, Vermont.