A gift book for Francophiles who love to cook, and people interested in artisanal cheese making and small farming.
My Culinary Journey: Food & Fetes of Provence with Recipes is part memoir and part cookbook. The author Georgeanne Brennan lived with her husband and young children in Provence in the 1970s.
Layout and design:
My Culinary Journey has a pretty layout conveying the feeling of Southern France.
Full-color photographs throughout the book tell the story of the author’s life, the food, and the farm activities.
Recipes include French Shepherd’s Pie with Celery Root and Potato Topping, Warm Fig and Goat Cheese Bread Pudding, Onion Pancakes with Dandelion Greens and Bacon, and Fried Ravioli with Garlic-Spinach Filling. Recipes are traditional, although could easily be used for inspiration to adapt for special diets.
What I liked about the book:
A love letter to the author’s late husband and their early years together. The book is sweet, charming, and engaging. The recipes evoke the wonderful food of sunny, dry Provence.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters. The recipes are a bit hard to read because of the design choices.
Francophiles, people who love memoirs and travelogues
Not recommended for:
Migraine, low-sodium, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, celiac, gluten-free diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (low-sodium, gluten-, dairy-, egg-free), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.