“A Pig in Provence: Good Food and Simple Pleasures in the South of France” by Georgeanne Brennan
For those of us who suffer from serious cases of Wanderlust, “A Pig in Provence” should be required reading. Georgeanne Brennan’s memoir of her time as a Goat Cheese Artisan in Provence, and the experiences surrounding that time, is completely enthralling and completely makes you want to kick back with a glass of wine and imagine yourself in her shoes.
Much of the book consists of recollecting time spent with Provence locals, gathering to create and enjoy enormous and day-long meals. There’s discussion of Bouillabaisse, a traditional fish stew that has people coming to near blows over the correct methods of it’s preparation. The family scenes are also charming – as Brennan’s young daughter comes to experience the full spectrum of farm life – and all the life and death and beauty and nasty it entails.
Brennan is also a cookbook writer, so there’s a few recipes scattered throughout the book as well. I sort of desperately want to make her recipe for a Tomato Tart, but the Leg of Lamb and Vegetable Soup recipes are also mouth-watering and tempting.
I’m keeping this book forever. It’s like taking a beautifully organized quick little trip to France.