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Rick Stein's French Odyssey: Over 100 New Recipes Inspired by the Flavours of France - Rick Stein

British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC], 2005, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Intrigued by a little book by a yachtsman who preferred to use the canal system to get to the Mediterranean rather than sailing round Spain and Portugal, Rick Stein embarks on his own journey of gastronomic discovery from Padstow to Bordeaux and then to Marseille. On the way he browses in French markets, meets the producers of wine and food, and eats in family-run cafes. Was it to be the dawning of a harsh new reality of burgers and frites, or would he find that the French rural gastronomic dream still exists? And what was this shortcut between two seas really like?

The book is divided into a diary section and recipe chapters. The story starts in Cornwall with a painful goodbye to Chalky the Jack Russell, who has become too old for such adventure, then a ferry crossing to Brittany and the drive south to Bordeaux. Here the inland trip by water begins, which will travel over aqueducts and through echoing tunnels and flights of locks until it ends in Marseille, with many encounters along the way.

The recipe section is inspired by those encounters: with the food producers, in the markets and among the regional specialities of south-west and southern France. Featuring starters, light lunches, main courses and desserts, the recipes include authentic versions of the classics – Vichyssoise, Pissaladiere, Bouillabaisse, Cassoulet and Tarte Tatin — as well as new takes on traditional ingredients: Seared Foie Gras on Sweetcorn Pancakes, Fillets of John Dory with Cucumber and Noilly Prat, Rabbit with Agen Prunes and Polenta and Prune and Almond Tart with Armagnac.

Fully illustrated with beautiful food photography by James Murphy and landscape photography by Craig Easton. Rick Stein’s French Odyssey is both a souvenir of an unusual arid idyllic journey through rural France and an inspiring collection of classic and original recipes. The good news is that the French rural gastronomic dream is still a reality, and the best of its food can be reproduced at home.”

Size: 11" x 8¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 216 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.