About a hundred years ago a woman named Plantia Pautard lived with her husband, a baker, in St Yzans, a small village in the Medoc region of France. She was a formidable, renowned cook, fascinated by food and driven by ambition. Her talents, it seems, were not limited to the kitchen, for she was also the mistress of the richest man in town, Monsieur Brion, the town's mayor. It was all, as they say, very French.
Thus begins French Country Cooking: Meals and Moments from a Village in the Vineyards. This stunning book contains stories, recipes, and beautiful photographs. Just look at how vibrant these are!
I cannot say anything but good things about this book: The beautiful cover, the sturdiness of the book itself, the ribbon bookmark, the recipes, the photographs, the story. All are excellent and flipping through the pages transports the reader to rural France. Imagine an old house in rural France, with 7 children running about in the sunshiny garden and family and friends gathering to open a restaurant. As I read I wanted to travel to France, to visit a country market, to garden, to start cooking with fresh ingredients and to open up a restaurant!
Even my children enjoyed looking through this book. The only downsides: It doesn't come with a ticket to France, and some of the more exotic ingredients may be a challenge to find locally or inexpensively.
To learn more about author Mimi Thorisson, click HERE.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.