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The unique, award-winning cookbooka collection of seasonal recipes from a traditional French garden.
Winner of the Best Book on France by a Non-French Writer Award at the Versailles Cookbook Fair; finalist for the Julia Child Award, the Gourmet Magazine Award, and "Best Cookbook of the Year" sponsored by IACP; and nominated in the international category of the KitchenAid Book Awards of the James Beard Foundation Awards.
A unique blend of stylish cookbook and earthy garden story, here is a collection of 250 recipes derived from a centuries-old French kitchen garden. The stunning debut of a lively new culinary voice, The Cook and the Gardener chronicles a year in the life of the walled kitchen garden at Chateau du Fey and its taciturn, resourceful, charmingly sly peasant caretaker. Using the fruits and vegetables harvested from Monsieur Milbert's garden, Amanda Hesser creates four seasons of recipes tied ineluctably to the land and the all-but-forgotten practices upheld by Milbert. Hesser's sublimely simple recipeseach with accessible ingredients and clear notes and instructionsalso tell a story. They are a month-by-month record of the ingredients available to her, so that this cookbook also serves as an almanac for cooks. Special "Basics" sections at the opening of each season lay the culinary groundwork for the recipes that follow. Tips on how to buy, store, and prepare particular vegetables, fruits, and herbs are presented in margin notes to recipes. By bringing the kitchen closer to the garden, The Cook and the Gardener gives home cooks a new understanding of the produce they have on hand, whether from the supermarket, the farmer's market, or their own gardens. At the same time, it captures the quirky customs and wily wisdom of a vanishing way of life in provincial France.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.20(w) x 7.52(h) x 1.42(d)|
About the Author
Kate Gridley is an artist and illustrator. She lives in Vermont.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was VERY disappointing! It's terrible!!! I LOVED Cooking for Mr. Latte-it's my favorite cookbook! I was anxious to read Ms. Hesser's first book, based on her experiences cooking in a French villa. How delicious does that sound? Well, I have no desire to try any of her recipes (they aren't as glamorous as those in Mr. Latte) and who the heck cares about her relationship with some old gardener? Please don't waste your money on this book. Check it out from your library if you have insomnia. I couldn't get past the third chapter in this book!
I love the way she wrote this. The stories are sweet and the recipes are wonderful!