My Culinary Journey: Food and Fêtes of Provence with Recipes

By Georgeanne Brennan

Provence—the place of her early culinary inspiration—where she writes in lush detail about the food, people and French festivals she celebrated during her lifelong journeys through the region.

As a young woman, she and her husband, with their small children, bought a farmhouse with a little land and some goats, in hopes of realizing the dream of an idyllic existence in the French countryside. Now, these memoires, documented in A Pig in Provence, are accompanied by forty delicious recipes, gorgeous photographs (many are the author’s personal photos) and informative, lively text featuring information about seven of her favorite regional French festivals.

In these pages, readers will find rich descriptions of warm summer meals, learning to make goat cheese, discovering regional festivals (or fêtes) and more. This evocative and passionate memoir weaves together personal stories of friendship, cooking and living in the Provencal tradition, and will whet the appetite of foodies, travelers and anyone who dreams of packing their bags and taking a delicious romp through the lavender fields and vine-covered hills of Provence.

Hardcover, 192 pages
7 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches
$27.50

What’s being said about My Culinary Journey

“[Georgeanne Brennan] takes readers on an intimate journey to Provence—the place of her early culinary inspiration—where she writes in lush detail about the food, people, and French festivals she celebrated during her lifelong journeys through the region.”
Napa Valley Register

“a delightful new memoir and cookbook”
Napa Valley Register

“For me, Georgeanne’s magic is her ability to write about something as exotic as truffle etiquette, or the tradition of herding sheep, and have it all makes perfect sense to those of us “off the farm.” Under Georgeanne’s influence, I am inspired to break out of my computer-to-bed-and-back-again routine and go out and forage wild greens, make a cassoulet, soak stale bread in milk or snip herbs from my own potager.”
—Steve Sando, Edible Marin and Wine Country

“You never get the sense that Georgeanne is out to impress you. She’s never pedantic. It’s almost as if she’s a dear friend revealing secrets and there’s nothing she’d like more than for you to incorporate them into your life.”
—Steve Sando, Edible Marin and Wine Country

“Like [Julia] Child, she helped make French cuisine more accessible to American cooks.”
Sacramento Bee

“[An] evocatively entwined memoir….rich in detail about the food, people and festivals of Provence, France, that have inspired Georgeanne’s long love of the region.”
The Daily Democrat

“Brennan shares recipes for all manner of Provençal edibles, giving instructions on homey shepherd’s pie as well as the grandest of all Provençal seafood creations, bouillabaisse….This is a lovely choice for most food collections.”
Booklist

“This evocative and passionate memoir weaves together personal stories of friendship, cooking and living in the Provencal tradition, and will whet the appetite of foodies, travelers and anyone who dreams of packing their bags and taking a delicious romp through the lavender fields and vine-covered hills of Provence.”
Paris through Expatriate Eyes newsletter

“[My Culinary Journey] differs from other cookbooks about the region in its refreshingly different blend of recipes, cultural observations, travelogue and autobiography….Readers seeking more than a recipe collection will find this a winningly appealing survey of the region that brings cultural and culinary flavors to life.”
Midwest Book Review

“My Culinary Journey is an armchair gourmand’s delight, and the next best thing to experiencing Provence’s gustatory specialties in person.”
Midwest Book Review

“There is a wide range of recipes here, sure to delight anyone. I continue to thoroughly enjoy it and am happy to recommend it!”
Sandra’s Kitchen Nook

“Readers will find themselves immersed in stories of long summer meals, the trials of a novice goat cheese maker, and the joy of discovering age-old traditions. This memoir weaves together personal stories of friendship, cooking and living in the Provençal way, and will whet the appetite of food lovers, travelers and anyone who dreams of packing their bags and starting a new life.”
Living Better Online

“The book is sweet, charming, and engaging. The recipes evoke the wonderful food of sunny, dry Provence.”
Recipe Renovator