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Arrazat's Aubergines
     

Arrazat's Aubergines

by Patrick Moon
 
Rich in truffles, oysters, olives, and eggplants, the Languedoc region of France is a gourmet’s paradise. It’s also full of wonders to explore—the secrets of olive oil and salt production, the Roquefort caves, and the miracle of the sparkling Perrier Springs. But is it the perfect place for an ambitious young chef to open a restaurant? Intrigued by

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Rich in truffles, oysters, olives, and eggplants, the Languedoc region of France is a gourmet’s paradise. It’s also full of wonders to explore—the secrets of olive oil and salt production, the Roquefort caves, and the miracle of the sparkling Perrier Springs. But is it the perfect place for an ambitious young chef to open a restaurant? Intrigued by Laurent Arrazat’s determination to achieve perfection on a shoestring, Patrick Moon rolls up his sleeves and pitches in. For a year, he shares in the triumphs, disasters, and sheer hard work of restaurant life. By turns informative and funny, this is a captivating tale of culinary ambition, mishap, and discovery.

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Moon's sabbatical of country living and tutelage under a winemaker in Languedoc, a region of southern France, was the subject of his first book, Virgile's Vineyard. That year left him wanting more; he subsequently left his London legal career and moved permanently to Languedoc, where he found himself apprenticing again-this time to Laurent Arrazat, a renowned chef and new restaurateur. This book initially promises to divulge the inner workings of a first-class restaurant in the French countryside, where the emphasis is on the use of local ingredients, as well as on the curious juxtaposition of tradition and innovation. Alas, Moon spends a marginal amount of time in Laurent's kitchen; readers learn much more about Moon's progress in restoring his home, cultivating his land and discovering local foods. The latter subject provides the most fodder, and Moon spends many a day trip discovering histories of Languedoc foodstuffs: Labiel fish, Perrier water, Roquefort cheese and fleur de sel salt. Moon's comic insight into his rural neighbors' quirks buoys what might otherwise be a dry study of regional foods. The buffet of colorful characters and food adventures will please Francophiles, foodies and anyone who wants to experience la vie rustique-without the hassles of actually living it. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781861977069
Publisher:
Profile Books Limited
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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