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Lisa Ekus Presents...

Patricia Wells at Home in Provence

You've followed Patricia Wells through the streets of Paris, discovering the crustiest baguette, the liveliest bistros, the richest chocolates, the most refined tables. You took Wells along as you drove through the back roads of France, knocking on the doors of cheesemakers and bakers, savoring such regional specialties as fresh Provencal black truffles and briny Brittany oysters. She's been at your side in the kitchen, as you prepared fragrant daubes, upside-down pear tarts and smooth and creamy mashed potatoes.

Wells welcomes you into her own kitchen, opening the doors to a new and personal chapter of her life. With PATRICIA WELLS AT HOME IN PROVENCE: Recipes Inspired by Her Farmhouse in France, you are invited to cook with herbs and vegetables from her garden, visit her butcher and dine with her friends. Her cooking style is straightforward and direct, clearly reflecting the philosophy of her cuisine: Keep it fresh, keep it simple, respect the season and allow each ingredient to maintain its natural integrity. Here, in a book generously illustrated with Freson's captivating photography, she brings you into her Provencal farmhouse for memorable culinary celebrations.

There's a wealth of Provencal appetizers and starters, including her flecked-cured olives, Ann's bubbling Goat Cheese Gratin and Lou Canestou's (can't stop eating them) Cheese Crisps. Wells presents a symphony of extraordinary soups, ranging from an unforgettable Summer Pistou to a colorful saffron Monkfish Bouillabaise. She offers a medley of quick and easy vegetable, fish and shellfish specialties, a rich collection of wholesome breads and an entire range of fresh and dried pastas. Crispy Roasted Brine-Cured Pork and Duck with Lime & Honey lead the hit parade of meat and poultry offerings. Simple but sublime desserts range from a Gratin of Fruits baked with local Beaumes-de-Venise wine to the versatile Grape Harvest Cake prepared with a trio of grapes gathered during the fall Cotes-du-Rhone harvest. Each dish has a story, a history, a reason for being part of Patricia Wells' life in Provence. As ever, the book is peppered with helpful cooking tips, and recipes include a valuable collection of wine suggestions.

American journalist and author Patricia Wells has lived in France since 1980. A former food reporter for The New York Times, she is restaurant critic of The International Herald Tribune and author of five best-selling books: The Food Lover's Guide to Paris, The Food Lover's Guide to France, Bistro Cooking, Simply French and Patricia Wells' Trattoria. She and her husband Walter divide their time between Paris and Provence, where Patricia opens her home to guests for week-long cooking sessions. PATRICIA WELLS AT HOME IN PROVENCE is a main selection of The Good Cook, a division of Book-of-the-Month Club.

Patricia Wells at Home in Provence
Recipes Inspired by Her Farmhouse in France
Patricia Wells
Photographs by Robert Freson
Scribner Books
$40.00/hardcover
75 four-color photographs
Books available: September 3, 1996
Publication date: October 1, 1996
ISBN: 0-684-81569-9
Reprinted with permission


Patricia Wells at Home in Provence

All-Star Herb Salad
Fettuccine with Roquefort, Lemon Zest & Rosemary
Fig, Apricot, Walnut & Raisin Rye
Winemaker's Grape Cake

Lisa Ekus Archive September 1996
October 1996
Four Star Desserts

Patricia Wells at Home in Provence
Recipes Inspired by Her Farmhouse in France
Patricia Wells
Photographs by Robert Freson
Scribner Books
$40.00/hardcover
75 four-color photographs
Books available: September 3, 1996
Publication date: October 1, 1996
ISBN: 0-684-81569-9
Reprinted with permission


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