French Leave follows two-star Michelin chef John Burton Race, his wife, six children and Labrador dog as they escape everyday life in London and head off to rural France to set up home for a year. This warm and witty book, filled with full-colour photographs, seasonally chronicles John Burton Race's return to his culinary roots and his adventures along the way. There are over 100 specially commissioned authentic French country recipes including Asparagus Hollandaise, Pommes Boulangeres, Roast Duck with Prunes, and Wild Strawberry Shortcake.
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Escaping the stresses and strains of everyday life is something many of us can only dream of. But for two Michelin star chef John Burton Race the dream became a reality when he swapped the pressures of running a highly successful London restaurant for a farmhouse in south-west France.
Based on the highly acclaimed Channel Four television series of the same name, French Leave is a memoir of this year. The result is a warm and witty portrayal of the French and their way of life and the fantastic collection of recipes developed and discovered while there. But it is also a highly personal journey of discovery as Burton Race faces the challenge of helping his large family adjust to their new lifestyle and embarks on his own quest for a new kind of life. One of Britain's finest chefs, Burton Race's biggest challenge is taking on the French -- at their own game, in their own backyard -- as he samples the pleasures and pitfalls of truffle-hunting, cheese-making and becoming a "chocolatier.
Lavishly photographed, with over 100 recipes created exclusively for the book, French Leave captures the true essence of France -- and the author's passion for its beauty, people, food and wines. Entertaining, informative and thought-provoking, it is an indispensable companion for Francophiles the world over. And most of all, to all lovers of good food -- and life.
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"A delicious read...this book will help you bring a touch of France to your table" -- Heat
"... a gastronomic voyage. Besides musing on French and family life, this hardback is laced with classic French recipes." -- Time Out
"It's like the Waltons in the Aude -- one of those warm-feeling families that you want to be part of" -- France Magazine
"the must have cookery book for 2003" -- Good Book guide
"This autumn's must see lifestyle-envy is French Leave on Channel 4. It follows chef John Burton-Race, who gave up collecting Michelin stars in England to live with his wife and six children in the Aude region in France. With recipes such as truffled scrambled eggs, pears in honey and thyme and '3000 calories a smell' aligot, you'll pick up the book of the series for its beautiful photographs, but you'll read it for the infecious tales of family life in France." -- Red
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110091898307
Book Description Ebury Press, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0091898307