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Hot Sun, Cool Shadow: Savouring the Food, History and Mystery of the Languedoc [Paperback]

Angela Murrills , Peter Matthews
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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1 Oct 2007
An unabashed celebration of the joys of food and cooking, Hot Sun, Cool Shadow follows the story of award-winning food-writer Angela Murrills and the artist Peter Matthews, who travel together to the southerly French region of Languedoc. The Languedoc is famed for its landscape, legendary gastronomical pleasures and rich culture, stretching from the Rhone to the Pyrennees, it is one of Europe's oldest provinces and one of it's most fertile regions. Hot Sun, Cool Shadow, is a vivid account of their quest for the finest wines, cuisine and characters. Along the way they discover ancient houses, take in the scenery that inspired great artists like Henry Matisse, retrace the steps of Toulouse-Lautrec, and recreate typical dishes of the region; finally settling themselves in this staunchly independent agricultural region, where life moves at a steady pace under the mellow sun. Hot Sun, Cool Shadow includes over eighty illustrations by renowned artist Peter Matthews.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749083549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749083540
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Co-authors Angela Murrills an award - winning magazine food writer and renowned artist Peter Matthews currently divide their time between Vancouver and the Languedoc.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
I really enjoyed reading this book as it gave me an insight into the area. It was what I had hoped for as a reading companion to my holiday in the Languedoc and more as I visited some of the places mentioned in the book and tried some of the receipes. I did indeed savour the food, history and mystery of the Languedoc. My only dilema now that I'm home is wither to keep it in the kitchen with my cookery books or in the study with my travel books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute pleasure!!!! 23 Mar 2009
By Jane
This delightful book takes you to the heart of this beautiful region of France. If you have already visited the Languedoc, it will bring back many wonderful memories and, if you haven't, it won't be long before you do! The fascinating bites of history and the delicious recipes totally capture the flavour of the area and its' people. I wanted to devour it in one sitting but tried to nibble at it to prolong the pleasure.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real flavour of the region 10 Sep 2006
For anyone who knows, or who would like to know the region, this is a must. Unlke so many authors of this type of book, Ms Murrills has clearly spent many years getting to know and understand the area, and really has the feel of the untranslatable 'terroir'. She also has the talent to pass this underestanding on to her readers.

A plus - the illustrations are delightful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hot sun cool shadow 19 Aug 2009
read this before going to Languedoc on holiday. It was an inspiring read and had some great recipes. While we were in Languedoc it was mostly hot sun...not much cool shadow in August!Beware the busy roads/traffic jams near the coast if you are going to Languedoc in the summer..
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go - see and taste for yourself 24 Feb 2007
This book livened an already keen interest in France and in French Regional cooking. So many of the places are off the recognised travel guide routes - yet appear tempting from Angela Murrills' superb (delicious?) descriptions and Peter Matthews' illustrations. This has now become our travel guide "par excellence" - and the hotels, restaurants and sites of the Languedoc are , rightly, profiting from that.

Buy it, read it, and I dare you to say you won't visit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Sun, Cool Shadow 6 Nov 2009
This is a great little book, not only has it some lovely recipes in it but also it tells the tale of the area the recipe comes from and has some great little drawings, very traditionally French. A great buy for anyone interested in the Languedoc area.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Interesting 5 Dec 2012
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At times laborious to read, requiring re-reads in several parts. Interesting facts, though, about a very fascinating part of France.
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The Languedoc is a region in the south of France with a rich gastronomical history. Perhaps this is not surprising, though, when you consider the proximity to Spain and the rest of the Mediterranean, and the wars that were fought there whenever the religion of the day swapped. Hot Sun, Cool Shadow- Savouring the Food, History and Mystery of the Languedoc looks to tie some of these ideas together, considering the food, the food's origins, and how the Languedoc developed. The author and her husband moved to the region after having spent several summers there, and discovering the local towns, markets, and restaurants. Each chapter is based around one or two local dishes, like cassoulet or duck confit, using the food as a springboard to discuss a certain area of the region, or cooking tradition, and one or two recipes are provided at the end of each chapter, should you wish to try to create the experience for yourself. Since the region has contributed a lot to French cuisine, there are plenty of things to talk about.

Hot Sun, Cool Shadow- Savouring the Food, History and Mystery of the Languedoc is a well written book, very easy to read, well researched, and full of interesting facts- did you know Vermouth was invented around there? You really do want to go out to the supermarket to buy the food which is focused on in the chapter you are reading, and a cottage for a couple of weeks in the south of France is something I'll be looking at for my next holiday. The book doesn't talk about wine very much, if at all, which is a little disappointing, as the wine trade has been a key characteristic for the region over the last 40 years, going from producing cheap plonk to becoming an up-and-coming wine region; I think you need discussion of wine for a complete picture of the region. But overall, a fun read, and I learnt a good deal, well recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars gets the taste buds going.
If you know this area of southern France you will enjoy this book.
Published 21 days ago by Kernal
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the recipes though
Never did establish where and when they actually purchased a house in France; I found the book tended to ramble a bit. Loved the recipes though, will definitely try some!
Published 1 month ago by Marilyn Hopson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book for a foodie!
Published 1 month ago by Andy
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
So bored I didn't finish the book. Sorry maybe I am not really that interested in French history. Well not in so much detail
Published 2 months ago by KAREN JONES
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Sun, Cool Shadow: Savouring the Food, History and Mystery of the...
Great book, captures the essence whilst delivering factual information
The South of France is a magical place with light and space and somehow the French
have retained... Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by Artisimozo
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Sun, Cool Shadow
A great little book, easy reading, informative and fun with lots of interesting recipes and clever illustrations. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2011 by Ali
4.0 out of 5 stars Joie de vivre on every page
I've just read this wonderful book in advance of a forthcoming visit to the Languedoc region. I chose my holiday primarily because of an interest in medieval history and the... Read more
Published on 16 Aug 2011 by Neil Kernohan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mouth-wateringly good...
Was almost put off by the somewhat sappy cover and title but was very glad I persisted. Excellent companion to glorious Languedoc-Rousillon, using the loose framework of Angela... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by Robert Machin
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