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Potager: Fresh Garden Cooking in the French Style Paperback – August 1, 2000

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A stunning book featuring fresh garden cooking in the French style. The San Francisco Chronicle

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If you never knew what a potager was before, now's the time to find out. 'In the French Kitchen Garden' by Georgeanne Brennan, explains how the French potager, or kitchen garden, differs from the American variety, in that it supplies fresh herbs and veggies year round. Brennan, who learned her stuff from gardeners in Provence, explains how to set up and maintain your green space, and offers recipes for putting your produce to good use. With lovely illustrations and an emphasis on the seasons, cultivating food, and the good life, c'est magnifique! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; New edition edition (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811830411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811830416
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This one of my favorite cookbooks. Be warned, this is NOT for dieters!!! But when you are in the mood for something wonderful, something special for company, or some interesting cooking, reach for this. I love the pictures. I love that the recipes are arranged by season. Many of the recipes are classic combinations - like dandelion greens with bacon, a universal combination, loved from the South of France to the American South - or classics with a twist. Every recipe that I've tried is delicious and manageable and works. I love that she uses veggeis and fruits that have fallen out of favor, like celery root, fava beans, dandelion greens, and persimmons which you can find at the fancy grocer, grow yourself, or get from your csa. I browse this book when in winter when I'm dreaming about my spring veggie seed order. On our small suburban lot, I planted a quince tree so I can have a supply for the tarte tatin of quinces and golden raisins. Ditto for persimmons. Enjoy!
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This full-color cookbook is a feast for all of your senses. With luxurious photography and pastel-colored pages, this cookbook will make you long for a potager garden of your own.
The authors were compelled to write this cookbook after twenty years of running Chez Panisse. The authors had a passion for freshness of ingredients that compelled them to snipping fresh rosemary while their neighbors were asleep!
The recipes are organized by seasons:
Spring: The Season of New Growth
Summer: The Season of Full Growth
Fall: The Crossover Season
Winter: The Dormant Season
The Recipes include:
Spring: Onion Pancakes with Dandelion Greens and Bacon, Fettuccine with Pea Pods and Mushrooms, and Fresh Cherry Tart
Summer: Red and Yellow Tomato Platter with Balsamic Vinegar, Cream of Ratatouille Soup with Savory Croutons, and Compote of Peaches and Plums
Fall: Cabbage Leaves Rolled with Roquefort, Pine Nuts, and Jambon Cru, Garlic-Rubbed Roast Chicken with Turnips, Carrots, and Wild Mushrooms, and Persimmon Flan.
Winter: Golden Stew of Pumpkin, Cabbage, and Turmeric with Riso, Civet of Rabbit with Pickled Wild Mushrooms and Caper Toasts, and Tarte Tatin of Quinces and Golden Raisins.
If you enjoy French cooking, and are seeking new tastes and new challenges, you will feast on this cookbook.
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I've had this book for nearly 15 years....the pictures, the recipes and food are an absolute sensation!
I love how the recipes are divided into seasons. They're simple, and simply delicious!
You will die and go to heaven!
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I found this book after reading Georgeanna Brennan's memoir of her years living and cooking/eating in Provence. I chose this book since it was early Spring and we were planning our kitchen garden, or potager. There are four sections, each for a season with more descriptions these French gardens and the recipes use the produce. I've made the Onion Pancakes with Dandelion Greens and Bacon, though I substituted spinach and a little arugula fro the dandelion greens and it was fabulous! I can't wait to make that dish again. Now I'm eyeing Savory Bread Pudding Layered with Asparagus, Fontina, and Mixed Spring Herbs. Yum.
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This is a nice book with lovely photographs. I have had a potager-type garden for years so I enjoyed reading about this kind of French country gardening. But I expected this book to be of greater practical gardening use, and it isn't. Somehow I did not realize the emphasis would be on recipes.
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