Memories of Gascony, by Pierre Koffmann

Memories of Gascony, by Pierre Koffmann

Reading this book is like taking a tour of the fields, as the sun warms the vines, and one of the world’s great chefs links his arm through yours, reminiscing as you stroll along...

Pierre Koffmann is a legend amongst chefs. Over the past four decades, he has been head chef of the Roux Brothers’ Waterside Inn, founded the three-Michelin-star La Tante Claire, and now runs Koffman’s at The Berkeley. But the food that inspired him to become a chef was the rustic cuisine of Gascony, in South West France.

This book is an evocative love letter to his grandparents and the time he spent on their farm as a boy. Both memoir and recipe book, he weaves a tapestry of memory and taste, wandering through the seasons with a recollection here, and a suggestion there. “All the recipes are there because they were the ones I knew as a boy…the ones I remember best and enjoyed the most,” he says. 

Reading this book is like taking a tour of the fields, as the sun warms the vines, and one of the world’s great chefs links his arm through yours, reminiscing as you stroll along.




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"Memories of Gascony works equally well as both memoir and cookbook, with beautiful full-page photographs of the dishes - and it is beautifully written."

He speaks fondly of his grandparents Marcel and Camille, recalls being given sardines by his Aunt Marraine- “one Sunday I ate fourteen one after the other…and they are quite large!” he adds, proudly.

There are memories of huge bowls of chocolate au lait, country bread toasted on the wood fire; tales of fishing and farm-work, threshing beans and chasing wild boar. And amongst this glowing diorama of memories are his recipes- all celebrating the simple, bold flavours which lie at the heart of seasonal French cooking.

Memories of Gascony works equally well as both memoir and cookbook, with beautiful full-page photographs of the dishes - and it is beautifully written. It’s not often the last paragraph of a collection of recipes, however good, makes one cry.

For everyone who loves France and French food, this is a book to cherish, from one of our greatest living chefs.

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