Caroline Conran’s deliciously detailed portrait of the Languedoc, France’s idyllic western Mediterranean portion, includes earthy recipes that rely on the locale’s rose-colored garlic, wild asparagus, salt cod, and Bouzigues mussels. The final product is a celebration of the region’s deep reverence for seasonality and foraging.
[Caroline Conran] concentrates upon this single region of Languedoc [France] which curls up from the Spanish border along the Mediterranean coast as far as the Rhône valley.…Its people are passionate about rugby, about hunting and foraging, with a cuisine of their own, more Southern, simpler, more earthy, and less influenced by the Michelin style than the rest of France.
Food writer and editor
Caroline Conran has had a house in the Languedoc for many years and this book chronicles the towns, villages, traditions, landscapes and food of the region in an entirely personal way. I spend part of each summer in the Languedoc and I both lug this book back and forth with me and dip into it on cold, grey London days when I long for some of that South West sunshine. It's full of wonderful recipes for the sort of home cooking I really love.
Author and chef
Illustrated book offering a wealth of loved and lesser known dishes from Southern French cooking. A serious book with integrity. Both detailed and with great recipes.
Writer and former chair of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery
Hard to choose one title from the writer who also translated adapted the works of the nouvelle cuisine chefs for the UK, but this is a classic.
Food and wine writer
Caroline Conran's love letter to the Languedoc. I use it all the time when I'm there
Food Writer & Consultant