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Memories of Gascony (edition 2012)

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Title:Memories of Gascony
Authors:Pierre Koffmann
Info:Mitchell Beazley (2012), Hardcover, 304 pages
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Renowned chef Pierre Koffmann presents a very personal cookbook. Centered around his childhood in France where he grew up on a farm with parents and grandparents, Koffmann recalls this period and intersperses it with noteworthy food he enjoyed from this time. The result is a collection of good honest recipes based on the available produce from the farm; duck and chicken seem to predominate along with robust vegetables, with duck or goose fat frequently included in the list of ingredients.

This is a well produced book, printed on heavy stock and with the rough page edges lending a hand-made paper feel to it. Many, but far from all, of the recipes are illustrated in full-page full-colour photographs, not always on the same page as the recipes itself.

A very appealing cookbook, this is very much food for home cooking and enjoyment and not fancy restaurant recipes adapted for the domestic kitchen. ( )
  presto | Jan 1, 2013 |
Recipes and reminiscences of Pierre Koffmann who derives inspiration for his restaurant fare from the recipes of his Gascon grandmother in Saint Puy. A charming evocation of rural life and food in Gascony in the first half of the twentieth century. ( )
  Lynley | Apr 18, 2011 |
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Pierre Koffmann's Memories of Gascony is full of recipes and reminiscences from his grandparents' farmhouse kitchen in rural Gascony. It is an intimate account of his Gascon upbringing, and the traditional cooking of his grandmother which has always been Koffmann's true inspiration. Despite his haute cuisine training, Koffmann has always cooked in his own way, a style that has been rooted in country cooking, even if his presentation and range of ingredients are more sophisticated. Seasonality, respect for the ingredients and the quality of the raw materials are key. As one would expect, the finest of Gascony produce is here - including snails, foie gras and armagnac - but most of Pierre's dishes are humble, frugal, accessible, stand the test of time and speak to the food tastes and trends of today. With a seasonal approach and hints and tips on the best wines to accompany your classic Gascon dinners you'll be spoilt for choice. There's traditional French fare including stuffed snails in red wine, fricasse of rabbit with artichokes and all of your favourite French breads, as well as some basics that will add clout to your repertoire, such as salt cod cassoulet, roast duck with olives and salad of cabbage. Thsi book presents the ultimate in French cuisine from the ultimate French chef.

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Pierre Koffmann's 'Memories of Gascony' is the story of how one of the most influential chefs of our times first learned to love food. With recipes and reminiscences from his grandparents' home in rural Gascony, Pierre provides an intimate account of life in the region.… (more)

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