The Canal Lateral a la Garonne winds through some of the loveliest French farmland, the source of foie gras, strawberries, mushrooms, wild game, and other delectables prized throughout Europe. Dotted along the canal, medieval villages offer not only picturesque stone bridges and chapels, but the sort of traditional little patisseries, shops, and markets that one dreams of finding on a French vacation.
This is Southwestern France, the region that Kate Ratliffe, gourmet chef and adventuress extraordinaire, has made her home. Guests on her popular, intimate culinary tours drift down the canal on the Julia Hoyt, a 75-year-old Dutch barge, stopping frequently to sample Gascony's distinctive cuisine. Now this book presents Ratliffe's simple yet memorable recipes, allowing the reader to duplicate such dishes. A typical meal might begin with Tapenade Verte (green olive spread) and Roasted Bread with Herbed Sea Salt, perhaps followed by Radish Leaf SOup or Wild Mushroom Pie. Main courses include such classics as Poule au Pot and Daube de Boeuf Gasconne, as well as unusual choices like Guinea Fowl in Armagna; desserts range from a simple Apple Tart to a decadent Creme Chocolat.
Over the years, the local farmwives and chefs have welcomed the author into their homes, opening their kitchens to teach her traditional recipes and secrets found nowhere else. Home chefs and armchair travelers alike will cherish this collection of tricks and tales, along with some 80 charming, elegant recipes from the heart and soul of Gascony.
|Publisher:||Ten Speed Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.04(w) x 8.01(h) x 0.50(d)|