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A Taste of Acadie [Paperback]

Marielle Cormier-Boudreau , Melvin Gallant , Michiel Oudemans
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Jan. 1 1991

For A Taste of Acadie, Melvin Gallant and Marielle Cormier-Boudreau travelled all over Acadia, from the Gaspé Peninsula to Cape Breton, from the tip of Prince Edward Island to the Magdalen Islands, and around northern New Brunswick and southern Nova Scotia. They gathered the culinary secrets of traditional Acadian cooks while there was still time, and then they adapted more than 150 recipes for today's kitchens.

First published in 1991, A Taste of Acadie, the popular English translation of the best-selling Cuisine traditionalle en Acadie, is available once again. The indigenous cuisine of Acadia is a distant relative of French home cooking, born of necessity and created from what was naturally available. Roast porcupine or seal-fat cookies may not be to every modern diner's taste, but the few recipes of this nature in A Taste of Acadie hint at the ingenuity of women who fed their families with what the land provided. Most of the recipes, however, use ingredients beloved of today's cooks. Here you'll find fricot, a wonder of the Acadian imagination, pot en pot, a traditional Sunday dinner sometimes called grosse soupe, and dozens of meat pies.

For those with a sweet tooth, Gallant and Cormier-Boudreau include recipes that use maple syrup and fresh wild berries. A Taste of Acadie is traditional cooking at its best, suffusing contemporary kitchens with country aromas and down-home flavours. Decorated with evocative woodcuts by Michiel Oudemans, it is a pleasure to look at and a charming addition in its own right to contemporary country-style kitchens.

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"Full of Acadian nostalgia and culture." -- Portland Press Herald, Maine

"Not just a how-to-do-it cookbook but an Acadian history encoded in foodways." -- The Island Magazine

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If you've never heard of fricot or poutine râpée, it's not surprising. You won't find these words in most French dictionaries or in traditional French cookbooks. But travel thorugh what was once Acadie and you'll discover that these savory dishes are a central part of an original North American French cuisine.

In A Taste of Acadie, Marielle Cormier-Boudreau and Melvin Gallant take their readers on a culinary tour of Acadie, sampling dishes from the Gaspé Peninsula to Cape Breton, from the northern tip of Prince Edward Island to the Magdalen Islands. Here you'll be encouraged to savour a hearty pot-en-pot or one of dozens of variations on the meat pie (;called pâte à la viande by the Acadians);. The adventurous will want to sample pâte à la râpure with a crust made of grated potatoes or the ever-popular poutine râpée, one of the few French dishes to survive the transition to the New World.

For those with a sweet tooth, Cormier-Boudreau and Gallant feature desserts which use maple syrup and fresh wild berries including favourites such as poutines à trou, a tart mixture of cranberries, nuts and apples in a sweet pastry sleeve, and pets de soeurs, a simple biscuit with a puckered middle and a spicy Acadian name. Complete with information on the many natural ingredients favoured by the Acadians and now available in many city markets, A Taste of Acadie offers a delectable glimpse of a unique culinary tradition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book! April 5 2006
this book is the heart of our ancestors, which gave lots of their time to create those recepies. The author is my university teacher, and one of her partners. Marielle Cormier-Boudreau wrote another book on which she also investigated with audio tapes the medecines of our acadian ancestors, since they did not have much hospital services. It's so funny to see how they cured themself, with things that had no significance!!! sorely, the book is only in french...
now, returning to the main topic : cooking book. Cormier-Boudreau and Gallant tried every single recepies that are in this, to check if they made sense! (She told us in tonight's course!)
overall, very much good recepies, to try and to keep trace of our folklore. very well done, worth it's price, since it took them at least 10 years to finish the investigation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tast of Acadia Feb. 8 2004
By A Customer
I have learned a whole lot about acadien cuisine in this boob,and like every reciepe that i tried.
One day i made a full acadien meal for friends and they told me its was the best meal they had eaten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Traditional Cookbook March 2 2014
By Nancy
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Absolutely love this book. It has been around for decades and I am so pleased to finally have my own copy. These are traditional Acadian recipes which are easy to follow and to prepare. While I am familiar with many of the dishes, I loved reading about the background and the variations of the dishes. I truly appreciate the information / history of these dishes and how they vary from region to region. I have been using the book and the recipes I have tried have come out better than I could hope for. The directions for preparing and cooking are very clear and accurate. I would give more stars if possible!
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