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Hot Sun, Cool Shadow: Savoring the Food, History, and Mystery of the Languedoc Paperback – Mar 18 2008

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; First edition (March 18 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762747471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762747474
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sheila M. Kerr on Nov. 25 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a delightful and 'delicious' book which captures the
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Amazing chronicle of life in rural France June 21 2009
By Gavrinis - Published on
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Angela Murrills paints a portrait in words of an incredibly beautiful and ancient land where people live a life much like their ancestors did in small villages in France in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. It is a fulfilling life centered on family, the land, local cuisine, customs and friends, with the knowledge that their life is full and rewarding while the rest of the world tries to keep up with the frenetic pace of "progress". Almost every sentence is a lovely metaphor, leaving the reader speechless as one imagines the place she is describing. Each chapter ends with a recipe and a sketch of the places she visits. This is a gem of a book. I was sad to finish it. Its beauty is breathtaking.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Delicious Reading March 30 2008
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Essential reading for anyone planning a trip to the Languedoc. Part guidebook, part history, part culinary journey, part cookbook, it's also the story of a couple who actually did what many of us dream of doing: finding a second home somewhere warmer, sunnier and more relaxed, with, in this case, better food.
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.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Not as billed Dec 30 2009
By Hobiz2 - Published on
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I was expecting a mix of guidebook, sentiments, food, etc rolled into one. Instead there is little history, nor "guidebook" in this. It is primarily a rambling missive about her passion for food. That's OK, but not how it is reviewed. It is a copy of "A year in Provence" without the humor. You have been warned.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Hot Sun, Cool Shadow: Aug. 17 2011
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I was looking for information about Cap du Midi and this book was suggested to me on Amazon. It is a gentle ramble through Langeudoc's food, markets, restaurants with interesting recepies and the history behind them. An enjoyable read for those interested in the region and in food generally
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HotSun,Cool Shadow March 22 2011
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This was a delightful memoir. The author shares many of my views of the Languedoc and some of my own experiences so I felt as though I was traveling back there with her. She learned much about the history and culture of the place and the only disappointment I had was that she never actually described the home they found nor where it was located...but with Peter Mayle's experience noted, I guess that has some merit from her point of view. I wanted to know though.

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