Rick Stein's Secret France
Almost twenty years after French Odyssey, which sold 280,000 copies, Rick returns to his beloved France to discover real, simple French cooking, distilled into this collection of 120 brand-new delicious recipes.
Discover the enchanting essence of authentic French home cooking with the man who introduced us to it.
Fifty years ago Rick Stein first set foot in France. Now, he returns to the food and cooking he loves the most … and makes us fall in love with French food all over again.
In search of the new French Idyll, Rick’s meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to rural Provence. With characteristic passion and joie de vivre, Rick serves up incredible recipes: Normandy salt marsh lamb, tender, flaky fresh water sole from the fishing port of Picardie, pâtés bursting with flavour, and a recipe for the most perfect Madeleine plus much, much more.
France is the culinary cradle of Europe, blessed with exquisite food and wine, and it’s born a generation of classical cooks. We think we know French cooking, but we are about to discover true, rustic French cooking: simple fare, wonderful ingredients, all perfectly assembled.
In Secret France, Rick goes off road through hidden towns and sleepy villages to discover the true heart of the enchanting country that had the biggest influence on his cooking. Through vibrant, fresh and uncomplicated recipes he finds the true essence of a food so universally loved, and far eaiser to recreate than you think.
One of the rather pathetic realities of the fact that so many of the restaurants in France are disappointing these days is the almost tearful joy in finding one that’s everything you would have hoped for, often from your childhood or teenage memories. Such a place is Le Bistro du Paradou near Arles.