Rick Stein's - French Odyssey
Intrigued by a little book by a yachtsman who preferred to use the canal system to get to the Mediterranean rather than sailing round Spain and Portugal, Rick Stein embarks on his own journey of gastronomic discovery from Padstow to Bordeaux and then to Marseille. On the way he browses in French markets, meets the producers of wine and food, and eats in family-run cafes. Was it to be the dawning of a harsh new realty of burgers and frites, or would he find that the French rural gastronomic dream still exists? And what was this shortcut between two seas really like?
The book is divided into a diary section and recipe chapters. The story starts in Cornwall with a painful goodbye to Chalky the Jack Hussell, who has become too old for such adventure, then a ferry crossing to Brittany and the drive south to Bordeaux. Here the inland trip by water begins, which will travel over aqueducts and through echoing tunnels and flights of locks until it ends in Marseille, with many encounters along the way.
The recipe section is inspired by those encounters: with the food producers, in the markets and among the regional specialties of south-west and southern France. Featuring starters, light lunches, main courses and desserts, the recipes include authentic versions of the classics .