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on 14 August 2017
I read her Egyptian memoir some time ago and felt it was more interesting and better.
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on 10 November 2004
When Collette Rossant is moved from her native Egypt and placed into her strict French grandmother's care by her fighty mother, her life becomes lonely and unhappy. But when she gets to know Georgette, the household's kind-hearted cook, she discovers a love of eating and cooking, and her life is turned round.
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.
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Colette Rossant's second memoir and the follow up to the wonderful Apricots on the Nile - again filled with memories and stories from her past and interspersed with mouth-watering recipes along the way.

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.
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on 23 May 2014
Colette's memoir transports you in time and to the place. I enjoyed this book and her recipes and have also ordered the companion book, 'Apricots on the Nile'.
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on 8 January 2015
I enjoyed this book very much, a great read and wonderful recipes which I have been working my way through.
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on 23 January 2016
a good read - odd with recipes included but somehow works
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