Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One (Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Paris regions)

Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One (Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Paris regions)

by Carole Bumpus


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Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes (cuisine pauvre) in the kitchens of French families as she traveled throughout the countryside. Travel with her through Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers’ markets, ancient potters’ guilds, and restaurant kitchens with wood-fire ovens. Learn how to make homemade Spinach-stuffed Tortellini with Bolognaise Sauce from the Champagne region, Crêpes and Watercress-stuffed Ravioli from the Lorraine, and Baekeofe and Kugelhopf from the Alsace. “Go blind” from the family stock of Eau de Vie liqueur and be treated to tales of foraging for snails for the infamous and now extinct Escargots Festival. And, on a somber note, listen to accounts of families forced from their communities during the German occupation of WWII in the Alsace and Lorraine, only to continue to struggle for survival after finally making their way home.

This book is a compilation of stories about making ends meet; about people being grateful for all they had, even when they had almost nothing; about the sharing of family jokes and laughter; and about family trials and triumphs. This book is about people savoring the life they have been given.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631525490
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Savoring the Olde Ways Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 777,718
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

A retired family therapist, Carole Bumpus began writing about food and travel when she stumbled upon the amazing stories of women and war in France. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area but has traveled extensively through France and Italy, where she has interviewed more than seventy-five families to date for her food and travel blogs. Her historical novel A Cup of Redemption was published October 2014, and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, was released August 2015. She has also had three short stories published in the Fault Zone anthologies: Words from the Edge, Stepping up to the Edge, and Over the Edge. Visit her website at:

Table of Contents

Prologue i

Map of the Champagne Region

The Champagne Region

Chapter 1 From Paris to Reims, France 1

Chapter 2 Heading to Beine-Nauroy 9

Chapter 3 Foray to a Champagne Winery 29

Chapter 4 Family Day 37

Chapter 5 Traveling Through the Past 49

Map of the Alsace Region

The Alsace Region

Chapter 6 Coming into Uhlwiller 69

Chapter 7 Getting to Know Francine 85

Chapter 8 All Things Alsatian, and Henri Too 97

Chapter 9 Meeting the Brolls 107

Chapter 10 The Famille Klotz 121

Map of the Lorraine Region

The Lorraine Region

Chapter 11 Tour of Saverne 137

Chapter 12 A Visit with Jacky and Micheline 145

Chapter 13 Tell Me What You Eat; I'll Tell You Where You're From 157

Chapter 14 Meeting the Diademis 171

Chapter 15 A Visit to Champignulles 185

Chapter 16 The Third and Fourth Generations Enter the Conversation 197

Map of Îte-de-France


Chapter 17 A Return to Paris 209

Recipes from Selected Chapters

The Champagne Region

Chapter 2 Spinach-Stuffed Tortellini with Bolognaise Sauce 213

Chapter 4 Raclette 216

The Alsace Region

Chapter 5 Alsatian Baekeofe 217

Chapter 6 Gateaux de la Forêt Noire: (Black Forest Cake) 219

Chapter 9 Mandelbaebbe Taertel / (Cream and Almond Tart) 221

Chapter 10 Tarte Flambée / (Alsatian Pizza) 222

Kugelhopf / (Alsatian Cake) 224

The Lorraine Region

Chapter 11 Quiche Lorraine 225

Chapter 12 Coquilles St. Jacques 227

Chapter 13 Ravioli Farcis au Cresson / (Watercress-Stuffed Ravioli) 229

Chapter 14 Lina's Soupe Passatelli / (Noodle soup in rich broth) 230

Chapter 16 Corinne's Crêpes 231

Boulettes de Boeuf de Romand / (Beef Meatballs) 233

Galette du Sucre / (Sugar Pancake) 233

Boeuf Bourgignon / (Beef Burgundy) 234


Chapter 17 Laperau à la Moutarde / (Young Rabbit in Dijon Mustard Sauce) 236


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