Thursday, August 21, 2008

A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan

A memoir by this award-winning cookbook and gardening author takes you back to 1970, when she move to the Provencal countryside with her husband and small daughter to buy a herd of goats so she could start producing goat cheese. In 1970, an American family moving to France was not as commonplace as it is today.

When Georgeanne moved there, many of the food traditions of this region, like mushroom and truffle hunting, village bouillabaisse dinners and the annual pig-killing (le jour de cochon) were alive and thriving. For those weak of stomach, some parts of this story may not be for you! French peasants used EVERY part of EVERY imaginable animal available...

Even so, the delightful characters and delicious meals enjoyed by her family make this worth reading!

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