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Madeleines in Manhattan

A Memoir with Recipes

By Colette Rossant

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Format: Paperback, 288 pages, UK open market ed Edition
Other Information: Illustrations, ports.
Published In: United Kingdom, 21 January 2008
It is 1955, and Colette Rossant, newly married, has just arrived in America with her husband Jimmy. She is twenty-two, a Frenchwoman in New York, bemused by American customs and most importantly by the food: the limp sandwiches, the ubiquitous mayonnaise, the iceberg lettuce. But post-war New York is humming and Colette and Jimmy discover a whole new world in Greenwich Village: theatre and avant-garde cinema, farmer's markets and Jewish delis. Colette slowly falls in love with her adopted country, relishing the brisket sandwiches at Katz's, the exquisite dim sum in Chinatown and the Italian pastries in Mulberry Street. "Madeleines in Manhattan" is the story of her journey from young housewife and passionate cook to acclaimed food writer, from the romantic early days of marriage to grandmotherhood, told with her unique ability to conjure up her memories through food.

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Both Apricots on the Nile and Return to Paris have been very popular and were read on Radio 4. Apricots has sold over 36,000 copies to date A wonderful evocation of New York in the 1960s and 70s Charming and delectable, and full of anecdotes, this is a delightful book

About the Author

Colette Rossant is the author of eight cookbooks and two memoirs, Apricots on the Nile (shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Award) and Return to Paris (shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year Award). A James Beard-nominated journalist, she is a columnist for Food Arts and a contributor to many other food and travel magazines. Colette Rossant lives in New York with her husband.


'Wonderfully evocative ... A delicious, escapist read with the recipes to match' Sunday Express 'Lusciously effective: a narrative that speaks in equal measure of life's gastronomic and non-gastronomic moments. The recipes are simple and tempting ... Hers is a success story well deserved and charmingly written' Financial Times 'Rossant is a fine writer' Scotland on Sunday 'Part-memories, part-recipe book, Madeleines in Manhattan charts Colette's progress from wide-eyed housewife to acclaimed food writer, and the book is bound to leave you hungry for more' Orient Express Magazine

EAN: 9780747593126
ISBN: 0747593124
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 1.8 centimetres (0.16 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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In 1955 Frenchwoman Colette Rossant newly married, arrived in New York and was bemused by American customs but pretty shocked by the food. This fine story tells of her discovery of the farmer's markets, Jewish delis, Italian pastry shops and Chinese dim sum stalls, on her journey from young housewife to acclaimed food writer.
A delicious escapist read!

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