Books about the food & wine of Languedoc and France
Rick Stein's French Odyssey
Rick Stein's recent television series, where he floated down the Canal du Midi through Languedoc Roussillon has supposedly help lift the property and touism market. We can understand why, because the series, and this book that accompanies it, brings out the best of Languedoc's peasant fare. This isn't the cuisine the French like to associate with France (chi-chi fare decorating a place) - but rather Rick has focued in on the really simple country food that Languedoc is best at. The recipes are easy to make, and you'll find all the ingredients in local markets.
The Wines of the South of France
Every key wine area is covered from Banyuls on the Spanish border to the island of Corsica. The key wine producers and their wines are featured, with details of the regions, laws and grape varieties. The author reveals the fascinating developments in the vineyards and the cellars throughout this region's many wine-producing locations.
Presenting the finest in French bistro cookery, the celebrated chef and author of The French Laundry Cookbook introduces nearly 150 recipes that emphasize a variety of emblematic bistro dishes, including soupe l'oignon grantin e, steamed mussels, steak frites, confit of duck, country-style p t s, and gigot d'agneau.
Wild Garlic entertainingly recounts the author's interest and joy in cooking and collecting recipes during her peripatetic life.
Starting in Switzerland it takes you to Colorado, where her two eldest daughters were born, and Wyoming, where her husband worked as a geologist with the Bay Petroleum Company.
In 1955 the family went back to Switzerland for a short stay and the birth of their third daughter. Then it was Italy, France, Tunisia (and a son born in Carthage) and England.
Finally it tells the story of how the Tollesons found and settled at Les Micocouliers in the Cevennes mountains of France.
The French Laundry Cook Book
One hundred and fifty recipes (inspired by the 'French Laundry restaurant') are presented in this cookbook, many of them unique to the author's restaurant, such as lobster-filled crepes with a carrot-emulsion sauce, topped with a pea-shoot salad dressed lightly with lemon-infused oil, to name one of the simpler ones!
"As a chef I found that this is possably the best cook book ever writen and I believe that any one interested in food at all should get a copy."
Wine Tours in the South of France (Hardcover)
This book takes readers on an informative and picturesque stroll through the sun-drenched regions of the south of France, which in the past 15 years have dramatically revamped their wine-growing and vinification procedures.Fine Wines from the South of France provides practical information, including ideal food matches for the region's delicious wines. From the Queen of Denmark's vineyard in Cahors, to the roses of Provence and the fortified wines of Corsica, discover this outstanding French region and its "vins du soleil."
Extremely Pale Rose
Extremely Pale Rose is a richly entertaining and informative account of the travels of Jamie, his wife Tanya and their ebullient friend Peter Swift, as they take up this challenge. Giving up their lives in London, they quickly discover an unfortunate truth - the French won't treat rose or their quest seriously. All admirers of Peter Mayle's A Year in Provence and Bon Appetit!, and Carol Drinkwater's Olive Farm series will be absorbed by this book which is anything but a pale imitation.
Hot Sun Cool Shadows
An unabashed celebration of the joys of food and cooking, Hot Sun, Cool Shadow follows the story of award-winning food-writer Angela Murrills and the artist Peter Matthews, who travel together to the southerly French region of Languedoc.
Vineyard: A Year in the Languedoc
entertaining account of the Languedoc's "wine
The Wines and Winemakers
by chapter the author identifies
each of the region's most important
wine-producing areas, exploring
their local grape varieties and
influences on wine growing. He
then highlights the winemaking
methods used in each area and
profiles the producers and their
Fat and Garlic: Country Recipes
from South-West France
a delightful book and one which
I feel is on par with Elizabeth
David. There are no photographs...
but with writing like this, is
there any need? Each recipe shouts
of South West France
cookbook presents a selection
of classic dishes from South
West France. The recipes make
use of ingredients which the
region has in abundance, such
as wild mushrooms, truffles,
duck, walnuts, chestnuts, hams,
cheeses and wines.
Elizabeth David Classics: "Mediterranean Food", "French Country Cooking" and "Summer Cooking"
Publishers Grub Street are to be congratulated on re-issuing this single volume collection of Elizabeth David's first three books (A Book of Mediterranean Food, French Country Cooking and Summer Cooking), which have too long been out of print in hardback. The paperbacks are useful but tend to fall to pieces with repeated use. Moreover, even at full price this represents something of a bargain. The charm of the originals, with the evocative drawings by John Minton and Adrian Daintrey, remains intact.
Herbes De Provence
Ethel Brennan shares the simple secrets of Provence style cuisine in this recipe book that looks at the range of uses that the herbs of Provence can be used for. These range from the obvious savoury dishes to subtle desserts & sweet scented cakes.
Beers of France
This is the ultimate guide to beer in France, even if it was published in 1998 and is not always fully up to date. Why ? Because there's no other serious guide to beer in France, as French publishers don't take beer seriously, and most of what's published in French is simply appallingly poor. Besides, I don't know of a French beer writer who masters the subject half as well as Woods and Rigley do...
The Wine Atlas of France and Traveller's Guide to the Vineyards
The wines and winemaking traditions of all the French wine regions are detailed in this book, complete with useful listings of recommended producers, hotels, restaurants and places of interest. This revised edition includes new maps of Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence.
you just like the odd nibble,
or are a total afficionado, this
book is an excellent guide to
the whole gamut of French cheeses
- with each cheese photographed
and accompanied by suggestions
on what to eat and drink with