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French Roots

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French Roots by Jean-Pierre Moullé and Denise Lurton Moullé
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Sep 16, 2014 | ISBN 9781607745471

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“This book and its exquisite pictures bring back so many memories of the beautiful way Jean-Pierre and Denise cook and live. We had a dinner at their home in Peyraut that I will never forget: Eels freshly caught from the river, wrapped in bacon and grilled over the open fire, that was perfect in its simplicity. My time with them in France was a revelatory experience, and an extraordinary education. The Moullés’ rich cultural heritage and unique sensibility are both thoughtfully captured in this book through their evocative stories, recipes, and images. Jean-Pierre has a rustic yet elegant style in the kitchen—a rare combination—and I have always admired the graceful way he approaches food. Whether he is effortlessly filleting a fish or boning a leg of lamb; assembling a beautiful, seasonal four-course menu, or preparing a special lunch for friends with a wild duck he hunted himself; cooking is second nature to him. This book is a delight to read, and perfectly captures the values that matter most: gathering with family and friends around the table and living attuned to the rhythms of the land with a deep respect for season and place.” 
—Alice Waters, proprietor of Chez Panisse and author of The Art of Simple Food 

“That Jean-Pierre and Denise Moullé curated such a stunning collection of recipes is an inevitability. That they managed to animate each recipe with feeling and memory is a supreme act of generosity. French Roots lovingly narrates the places, times, and tastes that shaped their marriage—it’s a vivid reminder of the transcendence of good cooking.” 
—Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns

“Count yourself lucky to own this book, a collaboration by one of the most magical couples I know. My husband and I spent a week with them, and it was an inspiration to watch them in action, so relaxed and intuitive about food, wine, hospitality, and life.”
—Bette Midler

Table Of Contents

getting started

French Family Life
France en Famille

Life in Berkeley in the Seventies
La vie à Berkeley dans les Années Soixante-Dix

Back to Bordeaux
De Retour à Bordeaux

Denise in the Kitchen
Denise dans la Cuisine

In the Kitchen at Chez Panisse
Dans la Cuisine de Chez Panisse

Aperitifs and Toasts
Aperitifs et Canapés


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