Troubador Menu from the Midi

Released: 28/08/2021

ISBN: 9781800464964

Format: Paperback

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Menu from the Midi

A Gastronomic Journey through the South of France

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Menu from the Midi explores French gastronomy from the farmer’s field to the dining room table. Concentrating on the South of France, the book is structured as a menu carefully compiled to give the reader a balanced diet of gastronomy, history, legend and local colour. Uniquely, it adds into this mix a celebration of the dedicated and passionate people who produce some of the finest raw ingredients and foodstuffs you are ever likely to taste.

Appreciating good food and wine needs the right ambiance, the right company and plenty of time. Sit back, relax and savour the oldest sparkling wine in the world, le Rolls-Royce of olives, pink garlic soup, meats of the black Gascon pig, the legendary cassoulet, cheese from the caves of Roquefort, and learn how the Midi’s ornate pigeon towers ensured a constant supply of roast pigeon.

No wonder the father of food journalism and gastronomic guides, Grimod de La Reynière, had this to say 200 years ago: ‘In good towns of the Midi, a great dinner is an affair of state. One speaks of it three months beforehand and digesting it lasts six weeks.’

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Colin Duncan Taylor

Colin has been living in the south of France for 20 years, and through his books he shares his passion for the region's culture, gastronomy, history and language.

In Lauragais: Steeped in History, Soaked in Blood, he explores a thousand years of a history that has been shaped by characters including Simon de Montfort, the Black Prince, Thomas Jefferson and the Duke of Wellington. On a more peaceful note, the book also investigates the construction and operation of the Canal du Midi, and the rise and fall of pastel, or woad, an industry which brought fame and fortune to Toulouse in the 15th and 16th centuries.

His latest book, Menu from the Midi, draws on two decades of intensive personal gastronomic research during which he has discovered first-hand the history and legends, the festivals and fairs, and the cultural background surrounding the Midi's most iconic culinary specialities, including the oldest sparkling wine in the world, le Rolls-Royce of olives, pink garlic soup, meats of the black Gascon pig, the legendary cassoulet, and cheese from the caves of Roquefort..

Visit his website and blog to find out more about the Lauragais and the Midi.

www.colinduncantaylor.com/blog

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An Englishman who is passionate about the Lauragais

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