windows on provence: musings on the food, wine, and culture of the south of france
By Georgeanne Brennan
Famous for its radiant light, vibrant colors, beautiful architecture, flavorful foods, and opulent wines, Provence is one of the most visited destinations of the world. To turn the pages of Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France is to be immersed in the magical region. With each photograph and chapter, the reader is transported to the beaches of Nice under a white umbrella, to the twisting streets of Aix-en-Provence, to the 2,000-year-old ruins of Cimiez, and beyond.
Georgeanne Brennan evocatively renders an insider’s knowledge of Provence’s villages and their ancient customs and traditions. Through rich essays, each examining a unique facet of Provençal culture, she shares her view of the southern region of the country. Brennan’s engaging text, together with alluring photographs, takes the reader on an unforgettable tour, from the sun-drenched Côte d’Azur to the craggy mountains of Haute Provence; to lavender, poppy and wheat fields; through markets full of richly-hued fabrics, antiques and seasonal specialties; to harbors filled with fishermen selling the morning’s catch; over hills covered in vines; and into centuries-old buildings and castle ruins, all brought to life through the author’s eyes.
Included in the bounty are four distinct Provençal recipes as well as indispensable driving tips to help drivers find their way without stress.
Windows on Provence is a book for travelers, for dreamers, for Francophiles, for lovers of Provençal craft and cuisine, and for anyone who wants to be a part of something beautiful and special.
Hardcover, 256 pages
7.2 inches by 9 inches
Praise for WINDOWS ON PROVENCE: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France
“Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France places us in the capable hands of Georgeanne Brennan—James Beard award winner, cookbook author, culinary journalist, and Provence homeowner. Alongside high-quality photographs, Brennan’s essays explore legendary cities like Nice, Arles, Marseille, and Aix-en-Provence, as well as ancient ruins, markets, wineries, lavender fields, and restaurants.
“Brennan’s goal is to help the Provençal traveler get their fill: food, wine, culture, what have you.”
—Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews
“Enhanced with the inclusion of four distinctive Provencal recipes, as well as indispensable driving tips to help drivers find their way without stress, “Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France” is ideal reading for armchair travelers, on-site tourists, for dedicated Francophiles, and for lovers of Provencal craft and cuisine. Beautifully and profusely illustrated throughout, “Windows on Provence” will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to personal reading lists and community library travel guide and memoir collections.”
—Margaret Lane, Midwest Book Review
“For those who have journeyed through Provence, Brennan’s book is sure to bring back memories of food and wine and conversations at a café. For those, with a trip ahead of them, here is inspiration, page after page.”
—Sasha Paulsen, Napa Valley Register
“Brennan takes the reader on a photo journey through the stunning, natural backdrop of Provence from the peaks of the Alpilles, to the wildly natural Camargue, to the French Riviera sophistication of Nice and the ‘A-list’ historic cities of Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Avignon…Windows on Provence: Musings on the Food, Wine, and Culture of the South of France is for Francophiles, travel junkies and anyone who appreciates life at a slower pace.”
—Carolyne Kauser-Abbott, Perfectly Provence
“It’s not exactly a travelogue, as much as a collection of postcards and recipes offering a glimpse inside the sights, sounds, and scents that make Provence so recognizable and so lovable.”
—Ksenia Skvortsova, Saffron and Honey