Thursday, January 2, 2014
Provence, 1970 - Luke Barr
Unfortunately, I was not thrilled with this book. It sounded like something I'd love - famous chefs/cooks gathering together for a holiday period in Provence. But it turned out to be way to focused on how much of a snob of couple of them were. There were too many parts of the story that was high on gossip and low on cooking. I wanted it to be a book about chefs discussing and cooking amazing food.
Now, when it did come around to discussing food and cooking, it was awesome! I kept getting hungry and looking up recipes! If there was more of a focus on this stuff, I would have loved the book.
Overall, it was just not my cup of tea.
I will be trying to hunt down some of the cookbooks/memoirs discussed in this book though, so not a total loss.
Book description: Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today’s tastes and culture, the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters—some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope—complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.