lunch in provence
“The ritual experience [of lunch in Provence] is all about friends, fresh ingredients, sun, sky, and moments that build memories” Patricia Wells.
In Lunch In Provence, photographer and best-selling author Rachael McKenna trains her lens on the food and landscapes of Provence. This richly evocative blend of photographs, recipes, literacy and historical citations, and fine art is inspired by the spirit, beauty and unparalleled culinary traditions of Provence. From fortified medieval villages perched atop a mountain to wide sweeps of dappled waves below, from tidy rows of lavender and grapevines to pyramids of fresh produce and spices in the market, from flaky grilled sea bass with fresh ratatouille to racks of lambs in an herb crust with crisp asparagus, and from hazelnut clafoutis with cherries and raspberries to lemon tarts, all the sights and delights of Provence are extolled in their finest sun-soaked glory.
Accompanying Rachael’s stunning images are reflections and recipes from chef Jean-André Charial. Presenting a mixture of dishes from his own Michelin-starred restaurants alongside traditional Provençal recipes, Charial illuminates the values that underpin his life-long passion for food: his respect for ingredients, the environment, tradition, and creative expression. In the appendixes that complete the volume, Charial’s restaurants, their history, and their teams of chefs are presented, accompanied by a gourmet index of recipes, ingredients and regional products.