Hot Sun, Cool Shadow

Hot Sun, Cool Shadow

Savouring the Food, History and Mystery of the Languedoc

Book - 2004
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Ten years ago, Angela Murrills and Peter Matthews began their love affair with the Languedoc. Stretching from the Rhone to the Pyrennees, it is one of Europe's oldest and richest regions, but unlike neighbouring Provence it is little visited. Its wonders include the castles of the Cathars; the Camargue, home to the famous white horses; superb Roman ruins such as the arena at Nimes; and Carcassone, Europe's greatest fortified town.But what really attracted Murrills and Matthews was the region's love of food and wine. As their trips became longer and the search for a house heated up, they began to discover another way of living, a slower one based on gastronomic pleasure and the really important things in life: hunting for mushrooms, visits to the market, long lunches and heated debates about the best way to make cassoulet.An unabashed celebration of the joys of food and cooking, Hot Sun, Cool Shadow tells the story of the author's discovery of the Languedoc, area by area, dish by dish. It includes more than 80 of Peter Matthews' delightful illustrations.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Access Copyright : 2004
ISBN: 9781551927398
155192739X
Branch Call Number: 914.48 MUR 2004
Characteristics: 261p illus

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Jul 23, 2011

This Vancouver couple, she a writer/journalist, he an art-director, “yearned for a simpler life in rural surroundings where we could write, paint and cook to our hearts’ content”. They are “foodies” - they live to eat, not the opposite, so France was the obvious location for a second home. They spent 8 years exploring the Languedoc region of southern France while looking for a house to buy there. This book describes their experiences, the landscape, the ambiance, the history, the people they met and, most importantly, the food of the region.

Each chapter focuses on one or two towns or villages and one or two dishes associated with each and each chapter concludes with a recipe.

This is a book in the genre of "A Year in Provence" or "Under the Tuscan Sun" - the story of a couple seeking a home (in this case, a vacation home) and the good life in a different country.

A very enjoyable read that gives the reader a real sense of the Languedoc region.

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Jul 23, 2011

“The institution of Sunday lunch is not the same as brunch in a restaurant.”

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