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Pig in Provence [Hardcover]

Georgeanne Brennan


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1 April 2007
Each chapter is centered around a traditional Provencal food or meal, and the narrative is sprinkled in equal parts with local color, delicious recipes, and historical and cultural perspective on a region that has captivated travellers (and gourmands) for centuries.

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PRAISE FOR "A PIG IN PROVENCE" "You can almost smell the lavender as you follow Brennan's love affair with the province that became her second home and shaped the culinary persona of this cooking teacher and food author. Brennan is a talented storyteller."--"San Francisco Chronicle "

"Georgeanne Brennan's captivating memoir reminds me of why I, too, was enchanted by Provence. She beautifully captures the details of living in a place where the culture of the table ties a community together--where everyone knows the butcher and the baker, and everyone depends on the farmers."--Alice Waters, owner, Chez Panisse --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 7 Dec 2007
By R. Amaro - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a fantastic story about one woman's introduction to and exploration of life in Provence. The book takes you on a culinary journey through the region, with beautiful introductions to specialties of the area. Each chapter features a different major Provence food: truffles, goat cheese, garlic, etc and ends with a recipe that has been featured in the narrative. For those who want understand the relationship between the land, the food, and the people of Provence, this book is highly recommended.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any fan of Provence or French culinary traditions will find this gentle story revealing and appealing 19 Oct 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A PIG IN PROVENCE: GOOD FOOD AND SIMPLE PLEASURES IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE tells of a habitual France vacationer who decides to buy a small farmhouse deep in the backcountry. Thirty years later she tells the story of her life in Provence: a story that revolves around seasonal change, culinary specialties, and fun stories of the foodways and culture of the region. Any fan of Provence or French culinary traditions will find this gentle story revealing and appealing, and libraries catering to Francophiles will also find it a popular lend.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful culinary journey 6 April 2007
By WireChairsMissing - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What an interesting, informative, and lovely culinary memoir! Georgeanne Brennan was a true trailblazer by going off to Provence with her family in the early 70's, at the height of the Vietnam War. This wasn't mere escapism--it was an attempt to get back to the land and learn what culinary traditions are all about (since most of those traditions in the U.S. were getting lost in the post-WWII industrialization of food production). Reading about the seasonal celebrations and ceremonies that are embedded in Provencal history is truly fascinating through the eyes of an American. Add to that a classic recipe at the end of each chapter that pertains to what you've just read preceeding it, and you have the perfect summer travel lit read!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars truly enjoyable memoir 8 Jan 2008
By PAB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is not only an immensely enjoyable memoir of provencal living which is so easy to read, it has a useful overview of subjects such as mushroom collecting with practical receipes at the end of each chapter. I have ALOT of books about americans living in France and this is one of my favorites to date.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Erratic timelines 19 Dec 2012
By Thomas Rennie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Found the timeline jumping around disconcerting. two husbands/ different locations/ differnt years out of sequence. Reasonable coverage of Provence, the locals and cuisine but nowhere near the standards of Mayle's books on that area.
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