April 2015 Featured Book

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Hungry for France: Adventures for the Cook & Food Lover
by Alexander Lobrano '77

"I've long believed Alexander Lobrano, who's lived in Paris for 30 years, is the finest chronicler of all that goes on in French cuisine today. His enthusiasm alone makes reading him pure joy, and here he covers the different regions of France and its sprawling diversity of styles, from an Alsatian tarte flambé to from a Provençal ratatouille gratin." - John Mariani, Huffington Post

  • Listen to a conversation about the book between Alexander Lobrano '77 and Betty Rosbottom, Food Writer, Cookbook Author and Cooking Teacher, together with her husband Ron Rosbottom, Winifred L. Arms Professor in the Arts and Humanities and Professor of French and European Studies.
  • Read a review and excerpt.
  • Learn more about the author.
  • Visit Amherst Reads on Goodreads and start a discussion.

A culinary tour of some of the most alluring inns, food producers, restaurants, and winemakers of France, with more than seventy-five recipes updating classic regional dishes. Every food lover's ultimate dream is to tour the countryside of France, stopping off at luxurious inns with world-class restaurants and sampling fresh produce from local markets. Imagine having as your guide a savvy bon vivant, someone who lives for the pleasures of the table and knows just where to ferret out all the delicacies in each town. This book delivers just that.

Each chapter covers a different region, from Normandy to Provence, and includes recommendations for a handful of the area's most excellent, off-the-beaten-path restaurants, along with recipes. Uniting all of the places in the book is an embrace of the farm-to-table ethos that has swept France's new generation of chefs and fueled spectacular renewal of French gastronomy during the last twenty years. The more than seventy-five recipes sprinkled throughout exemplify contemporary riffs on quintessential regional specialties. For instance, from Normandy, there is Curried Pork in Cider Sauce; from Provence, Tartare of Salt Cod with Sesame-Chickpea Puree; from the Rhone, Pink Praline Tart. Hungry for France will inspire you to transform your cooking at home as well as to plan the trip of a lifetime.