Review of My Culinary Journey: Food and Fetes in Provence | Recipe Renovator

A gift book for Francophiles who love to cook, and people interested in artisanal cheese making and small farming.


My Culinary Journey: Food & Fetes of Provence with Recipes is part memoir and part cookbook. The author Georgeanne Brennan lived with her husband and young children in Provence in the 1970s.

Layout and design:

My Culinary Journey has a pretty layout conveying the feeling of Southern France.
Review of My Culinary Journey: Food and Fetes in Provence | Recipe Renovator

Photography:

Full-color photographs throughout the book tell the story of the author’s life, the food, and the farm activities.
Review of My Culinary Journey: Food and Fetes in Provence | Recipe Renovator

Recipes:

Recipes include French Shepherd’s Pie with Celery Root and Potato Topping, Warm Fig and Goat Cheese Bread Pudding, Onion Pancakes with Dandelion Greens and Bacon, and Fried Ravioli with Garlic-Spinach Filling. Recipes are traditional, although could easily be used for inspiration to adapt for special diets.

What I liked about the book:

A love letter to the author’s late husband and their early years together. The book is sweet, charming, and engaging. The recipes evoke the wonderful food of sunny, dry Provence.

I wasn’t so keen on:

Recipes were not coded for special diets; nutritional analysis is not provided, which would be helpful for low-sodium eaters. The recipes are a bit hard to read because of the design choices.

Recommended for:

Francophiles, people who love memoirs and travelogues

Not recommended for:

Migraine, low-sodium, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, celiac, gluten-free diets

A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (low-sodium, gluten-, dairy-, egg-free), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.

Required FTC disclosure: I received one copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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