Hot Sun, Cool Shadow: Savoring The Food, History, And Mystery Of The Languedoc Paperback – Mar 18 2008
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More than a decade ago, Angela Murrills and husband Peter Matthews began their love affair with the Languedoc, an area in southern France near the Mediterranean coast and the Pyrenees. One of Europe’s oldest and most historic regions, it is rich with wonders including wild white horses, Roman ruins, and Carcassonne, Europe’s greatest fortified town. What really drew them to this area, however, was the locals’ love of food and wine. As their dream of owning a French home intensified, 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, morning trips to the bakery and heated debates about the best way to make cassoulet. Capturing the essence of the slow food movement―the discovery and preservation of authentic culinary traditions―Hot Sun, Cool Shadow is an unabashed celebration of the joys of food and life’s simple pleasures. Fortifiedby mouthwatering recipes and charming duotone illustrations, Murrills’ savory prose pays homage to the connection between the history, the food, and the people of the Languedoc.
About the Author
Angela Murrills writes on food, wine, and lifestyle for many publications, including Nuvo, Northwest Palate, Food Arts, Western Living, and the Georgia Straight. In her ongoing pursuit of stories with the ring of truth, she has worked on the production line in a chocolate factory, learned to make roti in an Indian desert, and undertaken a blind tasting of 50 Sauternes at nine o'clock in the morning. She is the author of Food City: Vancouver. She and her husband, retired art director Peter Matthews, divide their time between Vancouver and the Languedoc.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
essence of this part of France. So often travelogue type books are exaggerated but not 'Hot Sun, Cool Shadow'. Having read it while staying in the area, and having the opportunity to visit many of the places mentioned, one could really savor the region.
It certainly entices one to visit the Languedoc but even if it is only an armchair travel read, it is still a most enjoyable book.
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Angie Murrills is a vivid writer with a keen eye, a warm heart and an insatiable appetite for food and food history. Each chapter ties a food - cassoulet, confit, anchovies, cheese - with a Languedoc town or region, illustrated with small, charming ink drawings by Peter Matthews.
I dare you to read this and not start planning a lazy trip boat trip down the Midi Canal, or a trip to the Camargue, to see a bloodless bull fight in Stes. Maries de la Mer.
What I did find was an impassioned and alluring introduction to a part of the world that has intrigued me...and now I know I must invest time to experience this for myself. No great nation is a monochromatic carbon copy of itself from border to border...our own nation has lost much of it's charm and strength in the loss of the uniqueness of our own regions. This writer introduced me to the soul of a region through it's unique heritage and the fundamental foundations of friends ,food ,and family. I only wish she would write more .I can get or create recipes anytime...I cannot get an experience of this part of the world nearly so easily .
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