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The Provence Cookbook

by Patricia Wells

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No matter where you live, or how gloomy it may be outside, Patricia Wells will brighten your kitchen with the sunny flavors of France's bountiful south with The Provence Cookbook. A French-food expert and longtime Provence resident, Patricia offers readers an intimate guide to the culinary treasures of this sun-drenched landscape and dishes that will transport you and your guests with every flavorful bite. The Provence Cookbook's 175 enticing recipes reflect Patricia's long and close ties with the farmers and purveyors who provide her and her neighbors in Provence with a kaleidoscope of high-quality foods. Their year-round bounty is the inspiration for these exciting, healthful Mediterranean-French dishes,which Patricia shares with home cooks everywhere. Over the past twenty years, it is Patricia who has often been the student, learning Provencal ways and regional recipes directly from the locals. With The Provence Cookbook, her readers benefit from this rich inheritance, as she passes along such recipes as My Vegetable Man's Asparagus Flan, or Maussane Potter's Spaghetti. Along side authentic and flavorful dishes for every course from hors d'oeuvre to dessert, as wellas pantry staples, The Provence Cookbook features eighty-eight of Patricia's artful black-and-white photographs of Provence's farmers, shopkeepers, and delightful products. More than a cookbook, this is also a complete guide and handbook to Provencal dining, with vendor profiles, restaurant and food shop recommendations and contact information, and twelve tempting menus -- delight in An August Dinner at Sunset or perhaps A Winter Truffle Feast. Whether you are a home cook, a traveler, or an armchair adventurer, enjoy Provence as the locals do, with Patricia Wells and The Provence Cookbook as your guides.… (more)

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I have checked several of Wells' cookbooks out of the library and “travel” through the bustling market places of southern France by flipping through this particular book, The Provence Cookbook.

She brings it to life for me with photos and narratives of local merchants, complete with addresses and recommendations of where to purchase fresh cheeses, olives, vegetables and the like.

With over eight books published, this is one of my favorites.

To quote from the jacket cover, “Patricia offers readers an intimate guide to the culinary treasures of sun-drenched landscape and dishes that will transport you and your guests with every flavorful bite.”

Please see my blog for the start of my reviews, and the process of her recipes (with photos!)by clicking on the link below:

http://tinaculbertson.blogspot.com/2010/06/patricia-wells-tribute-roasted-chicke... ( )
  SquirrelHead | Jun 28, 2010 |
175 Recipes and a Select Guide to the markets, Shops, & Restaurants
  kitchengardenbooks | Apr 27, 2009 |
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