Cassoulet Confessions

Cassoulet Confessions: Food, France, Family and the Stew That Saved My Soul

When food and travel writer Sylvie Bigar accepted an apparently anodyne assignment on cassoulet, France's ancestral bean and meat stew, she could not have known that she was about to jump into a rabbit hole that would lead her miles away from her upper-crust childhood in Switzerland, and force her to reckon with her identity and her own dramatic family history. Cassoulet Confessions, a poignant gourmand memoir, traces Sylvie's journey through the stunning French countryside near Carcassonne, as she learns the deeper meaning of authentic cassoulet from her culinary guru. As the book vacillates between generational family drama and Sylvie's gastronomic training, the reader is engulfed in the simmering smells of the French kitchen, then suddenly thrown in the front seat of the family car, her schizophrenic sister at the wheel.

This manuscript is a sensual experience extolling the pain of hunger for home and authentic, sumptuous food along the dramatic backdrop of Sylvie's Jewish family. Her poetic and deceptively simple prose offers an immersive experience, both delicious and terrifying at the same time.

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The Monocle Travel Guide to Zürich Geneva + Basel

The Monocle Travel Guide to Zürich Geneva + Basel
Is there such a thing as Swiss cuisine?

Gastronomically speaking, the pressure on Switzerland, a country that's shaped like a croissant, is tremendous. France, with its globs of luscious foie gras and rivers of buttery sauces, lies to the west.

Up north, Germany presses down with the mighty power of its sausages and potato. Austria and Liechtenstein offer armies of fluffy schnitzels and intertwined tripe respectively. And how can anyone resist the 350 varieties of pasta found down south in Italy? The competition is fierce.

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The New York Times: Footsteps: From Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

The New York Times: Footsteps: From Ferrante's Naples to Hammett's San Francisco, Literary Pilgrimages Around the World

A curated collection of the New York Times' travel column, "Footsteps," exploring iconic authors' relationships to landmarks and cities around the world

Before Nick Carraway was drawn into Daisy and Gatsby's sparkling, champagne-fueled world in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald vacationed in the French Riviera, where a small green lighthouse winked at ships on the horizon. Before the nameless lovers began their illicit affair in The Lover, Marguerite Duras embarked upon her own scandalous relationship amidst the urban streets of Saigon. And before readers were terrified by a tentacled dragon-man called Cthulhu, H.P. Lovecraft was enthralled by the Industrial Trust tower– the 26-story skyscraper that makes up the skyline of Providence, Rhode Island.

Based on the popular New York Times travel column, Footsteps is an anthology of literary pilgrimages, exploring the geographic muses behind some of history's greatest writers. Follow Sylvie as she tours the island of Martinique in the French West Indies on the footsteps of poet and politician Aimé Césaire.

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Daniel: My French Cuisine

Daniel Boulud, one of America's most respected and successful chefs, delivers a definitive, yet personal cookbook, written with Sylvie Bigar, based on his love of French food.

Boulud reveals how he expresses his culinary artistry at Restaurant Daniel with more than 75 signature recipes, plus an additional 12 recipes he prepares at home for his friends on more casual occasions.

Included in the cookbook are diverse and informative essays on such essential subjects as bread and cheese (bien sûr), and, by Bill Buford, a thorough and humorous look at the preparation of 10 iconic French dishes, from Pot au Feu Royal to Duck a la Presse. With more than 120 gorgeous photographs capturing the essence of Boulud's cuisine and the spirit of restaurant Daniel, as well as a glimpse into Boulud's home kitchen, DANIEL is a must-have for sophisticated foodies everywhere.

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LIVING ART: Style Your Home with Flowers

Sylvie Bigar and Olivier Giugni's LIVING ART: Style Your Home with Flowers with foreword by Catherine Deneuve.

L'Olivier, the sleek floral design atelier in Manhattan is a long way from Brignoles, a Provencal village near St Tropez where Olivier grew up. Yet the warmth, style and bursts of color this artist brings from his native Southern France are unmistakable. His unique talent blooms through his living medium, flowers. "Les fleurs c'est la vie!" he exclaims.

Sylvie and Olivier transport the reader to Restaurant Daniel and The Carlyle Hotel, to Fleming's music room, a downtown loft and elegant homes in Connecticut and Long Island, all to discover Olivier's stunning arrangements beautifully photographed by Phillip Ennis. Recipes with step-by-step photography and instructions make it easy to recreate a dozen exceptional arrangements, including bouquets, centerpieces, and even a carnation lampshade!

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