Sud De France: The Food and Cooking of the Languedoc

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Languedoc-Roussillion (not forgetting the Midi-Pyrenees and Aquitaine) are the regions of France most settled by English expatriate colonists. Caroline Conran has spent much time there since the early 1970s and her collection of recipes reflect years of travel, conversation, cooking, eating and drinking. She has shared her knowledge with English readers in a previous book, Under the Sun: Caroline Conran's French Country Cooking, but here she concentrates upon this single region of Languedoc which curls up from the Spanish border along the Mediterranean coast as far as the Rhone valley. This is not polite France, this is 'in your face' France; it's history buried amidst the Crusades and Cathars, its towns and cities - Nimes, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Narbonne, Perpignan, Montpellier, Beziers - making up a fiecely independent region. Its people are passionate about rugby, about hunting and foraging, with a cuisine of their own, more Southern, simpler, more earthy, and less influence by the Michelin style of cooking than the rest of France. There will be information on the particular specialities such as chestnuts, sweet onions, Bouzigues mussels and oysters, salt cod, poufres (baby octopus), charcuterie, salades sauvages (salads of wild plants), the rose-coloured garlic of Lautrec, wild asparagus and local mushrooms. There are descriptions of places where oysters, truffles chestnuts or calcots - a giant spring onion, eaten roasted on a fire of vine-prunings - are the obsession of everyone in the community.

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I have over 500 cookbooks, both new and vintage. This one is without doubt one of the most thorough, thoughtful, well-researched, and interesting ones I own.[...]When I received this book and sat down with it, I found myself unable to put it down, as each of the over 300 pages are filled with interesting imagry, facts, and enthusiasm for the area [Caroline Conran] lives and the food she encounters there. Reading it makes you want to know her, to go shopping with her at the markets, and to cook with her. --Hillary Davis;Food Blog: Marche dimanche and The Best Cookbooks List; (01/01/0001);

Until recently I did not have much of a handle on the Languedoc gastronomically. I knew about Calçots and anchovies, and the garlic soup occaisonally graced with an egg, and les petit pâtés de Pézenas, curiously savoury and sweet, and a few other bits and pieces - but it did not cohere. Then a book (I don't see, let alone read, as many cookery books as I used to) landed on my desk that changed all that. Back in the 1970s, Caroline Conran introduced us to la nouvelle cuisine with translations of Michel Guérard and other luminaries of that movement; now she has brought a very ancienne cuisine to our attention with Sud de France. It comes as no surprise that this masterpiece is published by Tom Jaine who has been publishing a stream of the arcane and not so arcane from his Devon lair for 30 years under the Prospect moniker. Rowley Leigh --Financial Times

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Caroline Conran is a writer with a quiver of successful books in her armoury. From Poor Cook to the Conran Cookbook, to her groundbreaking translations of Michel Guerard and other French chefs.

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