Author(s): Alec Lobrano
Every food lover's ultimate dream is to tour the countryside of France, stopping off at luxurious inns with world-class restaurants and sampling fresh produce from local markets. Imagine having as your guide a bubbly bon vivant, someone who lives for the pleasures of the table and knows just where to ferret out all the delicacies in each town. This book delivers just that. Each chapter takes one of 13 regions, from Normandy to Provence, and first gives background on the roots of its particular style of cuisine. Then come descriptions of a handful of the region's most excellent, off-the-beaten-path restaurants, and recipes inspired by them. It's all written in Alexander Lobrano's inimitable charming style, the familiar voice of a seasoned traveler who's rediscovering many cherished memories along the way. Uniting all of the places in the book is an embrace of the farm-to-table ethos that has swept France's new generation of chefs. This is best embodied in the concept of the auberge -a country inn with a restaurant where all the food is supplied from surrounding area farms. But there are plenty of other stops to entice you to continue: vineyards, bakers, patisseries, specialty shops, and other places of culinary interest. The 75 recipes sprinkled throughout exemplify contemporary riffs on quintessential regional specialties. For instance, from Normandy, there are Shrimp Broth with Langoustine Croutons and Apple Tart with Calvados Gelee; from Provence, Beef en Daube and John Dory Roasted Nicoise Style; from Burgundy, Radishes Marinated in Walnut Oil and Black Cherry Clafoutis. Hungry for France will inspire you to transform your cooking at home as well as to plan the trip of a lifetime.
"I trust anywhere that man sends me!" --"CHRISTINE MUHLKE, EXECUTIVE EDITOR (Bon Appetit) AND WANNABE PARISIAN""He's [Lobrano] made it his goal to explore France in search of "a spectacular meal [even] in its most remote and forgotten villages." And explore he does. Lobrano tours the nation from le Nord to the Riviera, from soup to nuts. As each chapter presents a different region, Lobrano gives a thorough introduction about what makes its food special before sharing manageable recipes of all courses. Like the best cookbooks, this one belongs just as much on your kitchen shelf as your coffee table -- to be enjoyed by chefs and pretendants alike." -"Metrosource"
Alexander Lobrano grew up in Connecticut, and lived in Boston, New York and London before moving to Paris, his home today, in 1986. He was European Correspondent for Gourmet magazine from 1999 until its closing, and has written about food and travel for "Saveur, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, Travel & Leisure, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler," and many other publications in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is contributing editor at "Saveur "magazine Steven Rothfeld is a celebrated travel photographer whose work includes the books "Entrez: The Signs of France and French Dreams." His images have illustrated numerous books by many authors, including Marcel Marceau, Frances Mayes, and Patricia Wells.