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A Walk Down Memory Lane,
This review is from: Memories of Gascony (Hardcover)
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This is much more than your average cook book, as Pierre Koffman takes you with him on a journey through his early life to meet his family in Gascony. The family pictures are charming even down to a picture of Pierre, himself, as a baby.
The author takes you through the seasons and the changing Gascony countryside. His memories come out as little gems and the narrative is so well written that you can almost feel that you are there. This is a rare talent in a chef and a cookery writer.
The recipes follow the seasons and the ingredients as they become available at different times of the year. Hence the book is divided into Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. There is an English translation for all the recipes with French names which is very helpful - although I am not sure I would confess to my guests that I was serving them Rats Tail Fritters!
The ingredients are well set out, the methodology is quite clear and there is an indication of how many people the dish would be expected to serve. There are some pictures of finished dishes, but by no means all of them and overall the book is not as lavishly illustrated as many of the genre.
This is a lovely book and really so much more interesting than your average cook book. It is more like a walk down memory lane on a path that led to the author becoming a master chef. This would make a lovely present for anyone who knows and loves the Gascony region.