I’m very excited to announce the publication of La Vie Rustic -Cooking and Living in the French Style, published by Weldon-Owen. The book is divided into the elements that come together to create the foods of France – The Potager, The Barnyard, The Forest and Field and The Water. There are over 100 recipes, and nearly as many photos, stories and short essays on topics such as the transhumance, truffle wars, and rendering fat. There a bits about hunting snails, how to eat a sea urchin, and cultivating your blossoms. And there is also a how-to section on starting your own potager garden. Sara Remington did the gorgeous photography and the styling was done by my daughter, Ethel Brennan.
“Featuring recipes driven by the seasons and the outdoors, paired with lovely lifestyle photography, this inspiring cookbook weaves together her personal experience, stories, and tips about how to create a sustainable life—one that celebrates the relationship between the land and the table, and among food, family, and friends—no matter where you reside. Here are some samples from each chapter.” So says the book’s blurb. To read more
Book Passage is hosting a Books with Cooks event on March 26 at Left Bank Bistro in Larkspur – brunch, book, wine, chatting and meeting some of the people behind the scenes in the book, including Ethel and her family. Sign up here –
At left, Classic Tapenade and Socca, from the Orchard chapter of the book.
The official publication date is March 7, but Amazon is taking pre-orders, as are bookstores. Books are shipping now to a bookstore near you.