Breakfast in Burgundy
Laced with compelling writing about French food and its ways, Breakfast in Burgundy is part travel memoir, part foodie detective story, and part love song to Raymonds adopted home. This book tells the story of the Blakes decision to buy a house in Burgundy. Raymond describes the moments of despairsuch as the water leak that cost a fortuneand the fantastic times too.Blake has admitted to being fascinated by flavor and how it is created. Breakfast in Burgundy contains tales from the kitchen, and the answer to the question that begins each day (Whats for dinner?) is given ample coverage. The hunt for the best jambon persill is portrayed in detail. The same diligence is applied to the search for the best Comt cheese, for theres Comt and theres Comtonce nibbled, never forgotten.Yet to be perfected by Blake is Chicken Gaston Grard, said to have been first cooked in Dijon in 1930 for the celebrated gourmet Curnonsky by the mayors wife. A neighboring winemakers wife prepared it for Blake, as he watched over her shoulder. Breakfast in Burgundy documents these results and more.Included are tips on how best to prepare, cook, and serve the various goodies, as well as the story behind the wines (some of the most sought after in the world) that complement the foods, telling of people and places, who made the wine and where it is fromwithout recourse to tedious technical detail or dry-as-tinder tasting notes.
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