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October 27 , 2008

Cuisine of the Sun

A Ray of Sunshine on Your Plate


Chef François grew up in a luscious world shaped by the celebration of the table from his very beginnings. It was natural that his path would eventually lead from hanging off his Maman’s apron strings and learning to cook her free-spirited style into some of the nation’s most memorable restaurants. As a beloved culinary Renaissance man, François de Mélogue is an extraordinary chef, respected culinary historian, creative food photographer, whimsical food blogger at, and now, cookbook author. Cuisine of the Sun is a savory collection of over 60 classic and reimagined Provençal recipes peppered with anecdotes that will cast a ray of sunshine onto your plate. It’s a beautifully photographed, edible love letter to the South of France. Savor rustic dishes like Olive Tapenade, Marseille Fish Soup and a Rosé scented Daube of Lamb that will transport you back to the French countryside. Through his inspired collection of recipes, de Mélogue now emerges as a leading proponent of both contemporary and traditional renditions of the flavorful cuisine from the south of France and surrounding regions. Your mouth will water as you join his family’s epic picnic of a simple grilled Loup de Mer with Artichokes Barigoule or foraging through the woods looking for mushrooms to cook in a fragrant mixture of duck fat, garlic and herbs. Close your eyes and be transported to the old port in Marcel Pagnol’s[FdM1] Marseille by the scent of his Mussels steamed in Pastis with Spanish Chorizo, Leeks and Piquillo Peppers. Delight in his wildly popular Artichoke Tarte Tatin or his exhilarating version of the classic fish stew Bourride he lovingly calls Provencal Sunshine. Every dish is a reflection of the moment; an edible photograph of Francois’s mind. Delight in desserts that sweetly cross the fence between American and French cultures like Salted Caramel Apple Beignet, Brown Butter Fig Tarts and even his version of Julia Child’s classic dense Chocolate and Almond Cake. Lush photography coupled with tender childhood reminiscences, and classic and reimagined Provençal recipes make Cuisine of the Sun, A Ray of Sunshine on Your Plate perfect for those who love food and jubilate our relationship to it. This is not just another cookbook, but an invitation to take a seat and join in the celebration of life from a true foodie’s perspective.
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