Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Memories of Gascony - Pierre Koffmann


Memories of Gascony  is the life recollections of  Pierre Koffmann, uber chef  who  holds  three michelin stars. Originally published over 10 years ago this new addition by Octopus Books has a lovely vintage feel with parchment style paper, page ribbon and sumptuous food photography.

The book is so much more than your average cookery book, Pierre recalls his childhood experiences in Gascony in South West France where he gained his passion for simple French food,  the book is divided in to the seasons and details the recipes being cooked according to the season and the ever changing landscapes from which the food is produced. 

The Bear (as he is know in the chef world) seems a very humble quiet man and his childhood memories with her Grand parents in rural France evoke simpler times.

Whilst this not being my particular style of cooking I enjoyed the book immensely  given it style and the gentle amble through Pierre's early life and the intense connection he feels with this area of France and its cuisine. I have never eaten in any of his restaurants but understand that after a brief retirement his is back cooking as Head Chef at Koffmanns at the Berkeley Hotel in London, where his pared down simple provincial cooking can be experienced.

Makes a very nice addition to the cookery book collection, I was lucky enough to receive my copy from Octopus Books for review, the book is available direct from them, via Amazon and other normal channels, RRP is £30.

If you would like to win a copy of this book why not take part in my rafflecopter giveaway, unfortunately due to postage costs the book can only be mailed to mainland UK addresses.


12 comments:

bvira.com said...

Great!!! Thank you for sharing

Blue Kitchen Bakes said...

My favourite chef is Michel Roux Jnr

PMJ104 said...

Favourite TV Chef has got to be Gordon Ramsey. I know not everyone's cup of tea. When it comes to the pro cooks (not that Gordon isn't) it's Nigel Haworth.

sarahlouisa said...

It would have to be Gino di Campo, he's fun yet very professional!

Lyn B said...

The hairy bikers! I love their sense of humour...I don't think either of them came from a cookery background so they're a great inspiration :)

Choclette said...

Well always difficult to give a firm favourite, but Rachel Demouth is a great vegetarian chef and runs a great vegetarian cookery school.

Jan Atkinson said...

Anjum Anand...I'm a big fan of Indian cuisine :)

Louise Bowman said...

Gordon Ramsey, he's so eccentric :)

anna brown said...

Mine would have to be Brian Turner

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Gillian Holmes said...

Nigella

hannahackroyd said...

Met the Hairy Bikers a while ago, think they would be my favourite chefs...they are so funny!

Hotrod mum said...

Brian turner

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