The gorgeous sequel to the bestselling At My French Table, French Ties by Jane Webster, will have you wanting to head to France to live in your own little French Village. Â Beautifully photographed, with over 40 regional recipes, French Ties illustrates how to live like a true local in a French village and find a sense of belonging in a country that is not your own.
‘When we found this run-down chÃ¢teau of Bosgouet, we’d been dreaming of buying a house in France for some time. We’d become obsessed with the idea of living in the French countryside, of learning a new language and traditions, and of giving our children a new perspective on the world. In 2005, we decided that we’d dreamed about it for long enough and needed to take the plunge . . . The adventure brought us together as a family more strongly than ever, and we found a sense of harmony here in the French countryside that had been hard to maintain at home in Australia.’
Which was how “At My French Table” was born and Jane follows on with French Ties where we get a glimpse of an idyllic french lifestyle of life in a French village; keeping house, visiting the markets, restoring the walled kitchen garden, and indulging her passion for ‘antiquing’ at flea markets and antique fairs
If you want to be inspired by the idyllic French lifestyle, you will enjoy the pages of Jane’s latest book and not to mention the exquisitely French recipes at the end, and the photography. To me this is a lifestyle we all aspire, not necessarily a French one but one that is connected to the present moment, where the love of life, food, family and friends is all that matters, and being a ‘slave’ to life has evaporated in the joy of what that day will bring which is exactly what I’m trying to bring back to my life.
And if you want to read a brilliant review that does the book much more justice than mine, head over to The Food Sage, if her review doesn’t inspire you, then the French Lifestyle isn’t for you.
As for me I am going to be cooking Chicken Confit (p.234) this weekend now that the weather is getting cooler and am totally inspired to give Duck a go with her recipe on p.237 Duck with Blackberry Sauce & Celeriac Puree.
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