Provencal Cookbooks, Culinary and Wine Guides
These titles are a mix of traditional cookbooks and culinary guides to the Provencal lifestyle. The following list of books is far from exhaustive, but rather a few of the ones in our personal collection. Some are cookbooks, some are culinary guides to the Provencal lifestyle and others are invaluable resources for navigating the tantalizing markets.
The books are listed in alphabetical order (by author’s last name).
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Luke Barr’s Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste. It sounds melodramatic, but these people had an enormous impact on the way we eat today.
Elizabeth Gabay a Master of Wine sipped hundreds of rosés to write – Rosé: Understanding the pink wine revolution (The Classic Wine Library).
Published in 1990, French Country Kitchen is available through some resellers (and Amazon for a crazy price). Geraldene Holt writes of life in Provence and the Ardeche along with some traditional recipes.
Talented New York-based sommelier Victoria James wrote Drink Pink a Celebration of Rosé a rosé backgrounder and why she feels that appreciation for this wine is not a trend.
François de Mélogue grew-up in Chicago, the city where his immigrant parents first met. He credits early experiences with food with his lifelong obsession with cooking and local ingredients. A graduate of the prestigious New England Culinary Institute would understand that with food the effort is worth the result. His culinary CV includes work in several renowned kitchens in the US and France (read more). His cookbooks Cuisine of the Sun, A Ray of Sunshine on Your Plate and French Cooking for Beginners, 75+ Classic Recipes to Cook like a Parisian are full of the right ingredients – humour, culinary tips, and delicious recipes.
“Cuisine of the Sun is a savoury collection of over 60 classic and reimagined Provençal recipes peppered with anecdotes that will cast a ray of sunshine onto your plate. It’s a beautifully photographed, edible love letter to the South of France. Savour rustic dishes like Olive Tapenade, Marseille Fish Soup and a Rosé scented Daube of Lamb that will transport you back to the French countryside.”
In his second cookbook, Chef François invites you on a culinary journey well beyond the streets of Paris. Along the way, he demystifies myths about French cooking and eating habits. His humour sparkles throughout the pages as you discover the secrets behind a French pantry and wine pairing.
Richard Olney’s Lulu’s Provençal Table: The Exuberant Food and Wine from Domaine Tempier Vineyard was published in 1994. This book is a collection of recipe favourites from the kitchen of Lucie Tempier.
Jill Paider and Tasha Powell combined their photography, writing and food styling talents to create a stunning art book. Cuisine Libre: A Gluten-Free Journey with Reine & Nadia Sammut at La Fenière.
Please read our book review here.
Viktorija Todorovska has published several culinary books. Multi-lingual and multi-talented Todorovska is a cookbook author, college instructor, sommelier, and occasional tour guide.
Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living explores food, wine, and the culinary traditions of the region. The book includes 47 Provencal recipes, from some that are classics such as aioli, to others that are more contemporary.
Nice Cuisine and the Art of Living is an e-book available on iBooks. Inside the 115 pages, Todorovska and photographer Francois Millo invite you to explore the typical culinary treats associated with Niçoise cuisine.
However, it’s Patricia Wells at Home in Provence (1999) and The Provence Cookbook (2004) that invite you on a culinary journey through her favourite Provencal recipes, the ones that students have the chance to prepare in her cooking classes.
Markets of Provence is the second book by author Marjorie Williams. The book is small enough to slip in your purse or market bag, but its 300 pages are filled with essential details you do not want to leave at home. Please read Exploring the Markets of Provence with Marjorie Williams for more detail on this must-have guide.