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Aperitif: Recipes for Simple Pleasures in the French Style Hardcover – February 1, 1997

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Popular throughout the Mediterranean, an apéritif is a drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite. For the French, it is also a convivial ritual enjoyed by all, a time for sharing conversation and a bit of food along with an elegant flute of champagne, a cloudy glass of bracing anise-flavored pastis, and a glass of lemonade for the children.

Georgeanne Brennan, who divides her time between Provence and a farm in Northern California, explains the chronography of the apéritif ritual. Her historical background fascinates. The stories accompanying recipes for homemade vins maisons such as cherry-flavored Guignolet enchant.

Brennan tells how to brew your own apéritifs from scratch. If you enjoy une petite verre--a drink before dining--Brennan also tempts you to explore French classics like Lillet, Dubonnet and Suze. Her recipes for suitable accompanying nibbles will enhance the cocktail hour.

Atmospheric photos give Apéritif the glow of lounging on a sunny terrace or of lingering through the lavender twilight with a relaxing glass in hand.--Dana Jacobi

About the Author

Georgeanne Brennan is a food and garden writer who divides her time between Northern California and Provence. Her previous books include Chronicle Books' Potager, The Glass Pantry, and The Vegetarian Table: France.

Kathryn Kleinman, winner of a James Beard award for photography, specializes in food and flower images. her work has appeared in Chronicle Books' Salad, Sushi, On Flowers, The Glass Pantry, and Les Immortelles.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811810771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811810777
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By on December 22, 1998
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Well written with beautiful photographs , this book explores the history and appeal of the aperitif.It provides not only the recipes for cocktails, but also distilling methds for old world distilled spirits .Accompanying th cocktail recipes are simple but delicious food ideas to serve with the drinks.The book is romantic and draws you into the French world of aperitif.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nik on October 24, 2009
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I really love this book. Brennan gives recipes for making your own apertifs for parties, gifts for friends, neighbors, etc., dinner for two or a one man/woman seating. She give instruction on how to bottle, cork and seal them. How and where to store and for how long, if applicable. There are recipes for cool drinks, liquored drinks (for adults), non alchoholic drinks (for children and non drinkers) and she walks the owner of this book through the hosting of an apertif gathering. In the rear of the book there are recipes for elegant, yet very easily made finger foods to help open the digestion. And throughout there are cute stories. It is also an educative book.

This is a very concise book, written with care and love. You can feel it as you read.

This book is trully an experience. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Aspen on October 17, 2001
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This volume makes a nice gift for the accomplished chef. Although the title claims simplicity, I found many of the recipes not worth the effort. It is, however, a handsome book and a good addition to your kitchen collection.
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