Searching for Family Traditions Cookbook Review
|Title:||Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table: Book Two Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Normandy, Brittany, Loire and Auvergne: Savoring the Olde Ways|
|Published:||August 18, 2020, She Writes Press|
|No. of Pages:||376|
|Cover Price:||$16.95 Paperback, $8.99 Kindle|
Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table: Book Two Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Normandy, Brittany, Loire and Auvergne: Savoring the Olde Ways takes readers on the journeys of the author, Carole Bumpus, through dozens of places in France that most of us wouldn’t think to visit until her stories take hold of us. This is the second book in the Savoring the Old Ways Series, and is both a travelogue, food memoir, and recipe book. It has an interesting setup in that the prose is in chapters to read like a novel and the recipes from the chapter are at the back of the book.
Bumpus’ stories are well-written and fascinating, at least to anyone interested in travel and food. There are quotes from famous cooks throughout. For those of us who travel, it is a great primer for finding new places to visit. It’s also nice to know about the food that will be eaten in each destination because eating is possibly the most important aspect of visiting and touring new places.
Most foodies will want to cook some of the mouthwatering and authentic recipes from each of the places Bumpus describes. The Warm Goat Cheese Salad was easy to make, and very good. There are several recipes in the queue, such as the Pork Tenderloin with Apples and Calvados, and the Meat Pie. Not all of the recipes are showstopper; rather, many are just dishes that real people will actually want to eat. The recipes are easy-to-follow and most are quite simple so that almost anyone with or without cooking experience can make them.
The only thing missing from this excellent book is photographs. Although there are drawings, that isn’t the same, and foodies like to see what the dishes should look like before they make them.
This is a nice book to take on a long airplane ride, or curl up into a corner and savor.
Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.
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