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Return to Paris

A Memoir with Recipes

By Colette Rossant

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages, UK open market ed Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 February 2004
In "Apricots on the Nile", Colette Rossant's best-selling memoir, we left her as a 15-year-old sailing away from her beloved Cairo to her mother's family in France. It is 1947 and Paris is recovering from the war. As soon as they arrive, Colette's mother abandons her yet again, leaving her with her bossy grandmother, who finds Colette too Egyptian, and her older brother, who has turned into a stranger. Lonely, frightened and terribly homesick, Colette finds solace in the kitchen with the cook, Georgette, and discovers a love for French food - the Sunday lunches of roasted lamb stuffed with garlic, springtime strawberries bathed in creme fraiche, the first taste of truffle in a restaurant on the Left Bank. It is through food that Colette finds hapiness in Paris, skipping school to go to the famous farmers' market in Port de Neuilly and dining in Michelin-starred restaurants with her new stepfather, a hotelier who shares her love of eating. Then, at 16, she meets a dashing young American holidaying in the city - and, despite all opposition from her family, never looks back. Filled with recipes, "Return to Paris" is an evocative memoir and vivid piece of food writing combined.

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The sequel to the best-selling APRICOTS ON THE NILE which has sold over 24,000 copies in paperback so far

About the Author

Colette Rossant is the author of eight cookbooks and a memoir, APRICOTS ON THE NILE which was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Travel Award and was selected as a Radio 4 Read of the Week. A James Beard nominated journalist,she is a columnist for the Daily News and a contributor to many food and travel magazines. Colette Rossant lives in New York with her husband.


'This is a book for Francophiles and for anyone else who wants to make simple food well. Just don't, whatever you do, read it when you're hungry' Observer 'It is a story told through food, rich with tastes and aromas ... these add sensory detail to every anecdote, and leave flavours lingering in the mind - garlic, plum, tarragon, rosemary - long after the book is finished' Sunday Times

EAN: 9780747568520
ISBN: 0747568529
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 centimetres (0.21 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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