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Return to Paris: A Memoir with Recipes Paperback – 1 Feb 2004
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As she struggles through a lonely adolescence, her greatest solace is food and the book is dotted throughout with recipes -- Good Housekeeping
Leaves flavours lingering in the mind - garlic, plum, tarragon, rosemary - long after the book is finished -- Sunday Times
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She cronichles her life in 1950's Paris, her first encounters with boys and romance, her mother's re-marriage to a man who shares her enjoyment of food and how she met and fell in love with her American husband. But throughout, she maintains her passion for good food, and mouth-watering recipes that come from her own childhood are included in the story. A warmly written memoir with an interesting twist, that I completely loved reading.
In 1947 Colette returned to live in Paris after spending the years of World War II with her relatives in Cairo. Again, Colette's feckless mother leaves her in the care of fairly unknown relatives, this time her stern maternal grandmother. Luckily the chef of the house - Mademioselle Georgette takes Colette under her wing and teaches her the wonders of french cookery.
Paris is where Colette really grows up, where she is wined and dined by possible suitors and discovers love and loss - and meets the man who will finally become her husband.
I've enjoyed both of Colette's memoirs and look forward to reading the third instalment.