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Wild asparagus, wild strawberries : two years in France

Author: Barbara Santich
Publisher: Mile End, S.A. : Wakefield Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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I drank Normandy farmhouse cider, ate strawberries dipped in red wine then sugar, and tasted truffles and soft goat cheeses for the first time. I returned to Australia inspired to become a food writer. France bewitched Barbara Santich as a student in the early 1970s. She vowed to return, and soon enough she did - with husband and infant twins in tow. Wild Asparagus, Wild Strawberries tells the story of the magical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Travel writing
Biography
Named Person: Barbara Santich
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Santich
ISBN: 9781743055335 1743055331
OCLC Number: 1030758805
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 282 pages : map ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Nizas --
2. Prelude --
3. Arrival --
4. L'Escoute --
5. Milk and bread --
6. Life in Nizas --
7. The shepherd and the gypsies --
8. Markets --
9. The butcher --
10. Libraries --
11. Gastronomic explorations --
12. Vin du pays --
13. Jean-Pierre and Vivette --
14. A la française --
15. Wild leeks and wild asparagus --
16. Au revoir Nizas --
17. Bonjour Caromb --
18. Madame and Raymond --
19. Mistral --
20. Julian --
21. Visa --
22. Pot-au-feu --
23. Feast to famine --
24. Cooking like the locals --
25. Snails --
26. Cherry harvest --
27. Progress --
28. June at Caromb --
29. Claret --
30. Le Parti Socialiste --
31. Le quartorze juillet --
32. Courses de taureaux --
33. Where next? --
34. Villanueva y Geltrú --
35. Cambrils --
36. Home again! --
37. La vendange --
38. Partridge --
39. "The cold, dark north" --
40. A house in the forest --
41. Work --
and flying --
42. Potatoes --
43. Christmas --
44. Parisian weekends --
45. Geese --
46. Television and politics --
47. "Yes, we live in Europe" --
48. Spring and salons --
49. "Our correspondent in France" --
50. La Belle Epoque --
51. Wild strawberries --
52. Summer --
53. Au revoir --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Barbara Santich.

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I drank Normandy farmhouse cider, ate strawberries dipped in red wine then sugar, and tasted truffles and soft goat cheeses for the first time. I returned to Australia inspired to become a food writer. France bewitched Barbara Santich as a student in the early 1970s. She vowed to return, and soon enough she did - with husband and infant twins in tow. Wild Asparagus, Wild Strawberries tells the story of the magical two years that followed. Buoyed by naïve enthusiasm, Barbara and her husband launched themselves into French village life, a world of winemaking, rabbit raising, cherry picking and exuberant 14 Juillet celebrations. Here we see the awakening of Barbara Santich's lifelong love affair with food history. And also a lost France, 'when the 19th century almost touched hands with the 21st'. Shepherds still led their flocks to pasture each day and, even near the bustling towns, wild strawberries hid at the forest's edge.

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