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Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One (Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Paris Regions)

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Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes (cuisine pauvre) in the kitchens of French families as she traveled throughout the countryside. Travel with her through Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers' markets, ancient potters' gui ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by She Writes Press
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The author and a French friend take a delicious road trip across the Champagne, Lorraine, and Alsace regions of France, learning about cuisine native to each area, as well as traditions and family stories sur la table. It’s a sweet treat for foodies, Francophiles and travelers alike — part cookbook, part guidebook, part social history. The first of a planned trilogy, with Book Two to cover more of France and Book Three venturing into Italy. Highly recommended!

Pub Date 27 Aug 2019.

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Randal White
An excellent tour of France via the kitchens of normal, working class folks. Not your average travelogue, Bumpus travels with her husband and her French friend to sample the traditional "cuisine pauvre", or peasant cooking. I mentally attached myself to the author's pockets, and rode along with her as she visited and dined all over France. Her ability to describe scenes made me feel like I was there. So much information and adventure! I only hope that, someday, I will be able to do something lik ...more
Susan Keefe
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Carole Bumpus, a retired family therapist and author of this absorbing book shares an abundance of experiences she and her husband Winston enjoyed whilst travelling from Paris in the Île-de-France, through the Champagne, Alsatian and Lorraine regions. Her journey through these eastern regions of France enjoying the food, and meeting the locals were enhanced immeasurably by the presence of her French/Californian friend and translator, Josiane Selvage.

From the first page, this book is packed to bu
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Susan Keefe
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carole Bumpus, a retired family therapist and author of this absorbing book shares an abundance of experiences she and her husband Winston enjoyed whilst travelling from Paris in the Île-de-France, through the Champagne, Alsatian and Lorraine regions. Her journey through these eastern regions of France enjoying the food, and meeting the locals were enhanced immeasurably by the presence of her French/Californian friend and translator, Josiane Selvage.

From the first page, this book is packed to bu
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Jessica Miller
Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc, french, non-fiction
I'm not quite sure where to start with this one. It is an odd book and I don't think it is as advertised. Most of the book is dialogue; it doesn't make for smooth or easy reading. Despite being a book that is supposed to be about food traditions, I found there to be more war stories than food. There were a few mentions of food habits but nowhere near the detail I would expect from a book with this title. It was also made to feel like chick lit with how the women are described, especially the num ...more
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Sep 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Author's guest post at my blog:
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Kristine
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book 1 by Carole Bumpus is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-July.

A food tour through homemade recipes from families who live in Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Ile de France, the evolution of favorite foods from childhood, cooking them in adulthood, and passing them down to a younger generation to enjoy. Already, there are vast differences between lovingly, reverently prepared home cooking and the perfectionism of French restaura
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Once I set my mind on a project, it becomes a passion and heaven help the poor soul who tries to tell me otherwise. I love collecting family stories about food and family, no matter the culture. And I enjoy knowing how families celebrate life in the kitchen. So, when I first interviewed a gentle elderly Frenchwoman about her favorite foods and began hearing her real story, I knew this was a story ...more