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The Provence Cookbook Hardcover – 7 Aug 2004

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition edition (7 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060507829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060507824
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 422,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Provence Cookbook finds Patricia Wells, a resident of the region, evoking the terroir in over 200 recipes culled form chefs, home cooks, farmers, and more. Like her other collections, Provence yields easy but elegant fare--modern, light-on-their-feet dishes such as Six-minute Cod Braised in Spicy Tomato Sauce and Francks's Roasted Duck Breasts with Green Olives. While the recipes are truly French (with an occasional cross-cultural contribution), Wells has done her usual trick of translating them for relaxed American cooking; she's also provided enticing vignettes on local markets; on ingredients, like the nutty camargue rice; and on other culinary suppliers such as Hervé Poron, "The Truffle King". In themselves, the listings make a useful guide.

In addition to the expected categories, the large recipe range includes breads, pasta, egg and cheese dishes, such as Quick Polenta Bread with Rosemary, Linguini with Saffron and Baked Arugula Omelet. Desserts are hardly neglected, and include evocative specialties like Fresh Fig and Homemade Apricot Jam Tart, Three Pear Cake and Individual Cherry-Hazelnut Gratins. Tips such as "On Peeling Tomatoes" menus and photos further distinguish a book that will delight both Wells's fans and those fortunate to discover her culinary France. --Arthur Boehm, Amazon.com

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"A robust collection...a celebration of simple, delectable cuisine."--Publishers Weekly

A robust collection...a celebration of simple, delectable cuisine. --Publishers Weekly"

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5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't know this woman, you need to 9 May 2017
By Harry T. Dubetz - Published on Amazon.com
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She was a dear friend of Julia Child. She deserves to take Julia's place now. Really. She's that good. Buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cure for the winter blues 6 Mar. 2010
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I pulled this cookbook out in the middle of the nastiest winter we've had here in years. We've been using Wells' other books for a long time--especially the French and Italian bistro books--but had overlooked this book with the Provencal focus a while. Well, what a revelation. It's chocabloc full of great summertime food that we have ingredients for (more or less) even in darkest January. Best of all for our household, it's got a lot of great vegetarian recipes. Carrots oso buco style; lentils with capers, walnuts, walnut oil and mint; white bean ragout with lemon grass, asparagus flan; golden zucchini galette and braised fennel and tomatos are all new favorites for us.

This book has been well and favorably reviewed already, so I can't add much else. But if you want to pull some summer into your drab winter AND, especially if you are into lemons and tomatoes, this is a book that you ought to have. One of Wells' best, in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Provence Primer 13 July 2011
By Virginia A. Kroeber - Published on Amazon.com
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What a delightful, as well as delicious, "more-than-a-cookbook" book! Her stories and photos of local people, and information on truffles, wines, olives, etc. is fascinating and informative! I've learned so much about Provence! I love the information about each place and market. Had to get my Atlas out, and borrow a map of Provence, to follow on this marvelous tour. I bought my first book as a gift, but had to get a second one for me!
5.0 out of 5 stars Tried a few recipes and they've turned out great. The Rosemary & Lemon Pasta is divine 3 July 2015
By Dina Sequeira - Published on Amazon.com
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Tried a few recipes and they've turned out great. The Rosemary & Lemon Pasta is divine. I like how the author lists what wine to drink with the recipes and also the various restaurants where some of the recipes come from.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all cookbooks by Patricia Wells 19 Jun. 2016
By JAM - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this copy for a shower gift. I love all cookbooks by Patricia Wells.
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