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A Culinary Journey in Gascony: Recipes and Stories from My French Canal Boat Paperback – February 15, 2004
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KATE HILL is a gourmet chef who teaches cooking classes internationally and runs culinary tours on her 75-year-old Dutch barge in the Gascony region of France.
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In all, a good read, with a good section at the back on cooking produce, and where to get them,-if you live in or near France, that is!
or canal boat to live, cook and teach aboard.
This delightful and envy-prompting book is the fruit of her years in the Long Village, collecting recipes, meeting people, making friends, exploring odd corners and traditions and folkways. Buying tomatoes from the lockkeeper's wife; getting caught--by a 12-year-old boy!--in the ghastly act of serving cheese <before> the meal; learning from an elderly <grand-mere> that a freshly killed rabbit must 'rest' for a day before it's cooked; finding a pear-grower turned part-poet/distiller; discovering the potion 'served on wedding nights to fortify the newlyweds'; and more and more and more.
Of course there are recipes; recipes by the penich-load. Cap'n Kate's are the dishes of Gascony, of course, and Gascony is that romantic landscape of Cyrano de Bergerac and d'Artagnan. If she can cook any and all of them in the tiny galley of the Julia Hoyt, then we ought to be able to cook them too.
A good strategy would be to buy two copies of this book--one for the kitchen and the other for the night table, to prompt sweeet dreams. Another good bet is to book a cooking vacation cruise, to plod placidly through the Long Village with the good Captain at the helm or the stove, as circumstances require. A quick e-mail to email@example.com should do the trick, me hearties!--Bill Marsano is an award-winning writer on wine, spirits, food and travel.
I thought French cooking was fancy and difficult but these recipes are not. They're simple, fresh, and just great. I can picture her walking through a farmers market creating these meals based on the produce available.
The book is beautiful and Kate is a wonderful guide. Thank you for sharing your travels with me. When I cook from this book I turn on the radio, pour a glass of wine, and travel back to France.