By Georgeanne Brennan

Georgeanne Brennan moved to Provence in 1970, looking a less complicated lifestyles. She trigger on her many adventures in Provençale food by means of monitoring down a herd of goats, a funky workshop, a few rennet, and the misplaced artwork of constructing clean goat cheese. From this primary attempt all through her time in Provence, Brennan reworked from amateur fromagère to popular, James Beard origin Award–winning cookbook writer and foodstuff writer.

A Pig in Provence is the tale of the way Georgeanne Brennan fell in love with Provence. yet it’s additionally the tale of creating a lifestyles past the well-trodden course and the tale of the way nutrients can unite a group. In loving aspect, Brennan tells of the herders who hold a centuries-old grazing path, of the neighborhood banquet that brings a city to 1 desk, and of the day-by-day rhythms and joys of dwelling via the cycles of nutrients and nature.

Sprinkled with recipes that provide samples of Brennan’s Provençale cooking, A Pig in Provence is a meals memoir that urges you to take pleasure in each morsel.

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