The Food Lovers' Cookbook Collection
Flavors of the Riviera by Colman Andrews
When Colman Andrews decides to tackle a food topic he does so with a thoroughness that is commendable. He has an uncanny ability to locate the 'right' people to help him understand the local cuisine and local produce.
So, when he was in Nice he relies on two perfect authorities - Franck Cerutti (who, at the time, turned out such wonderful food at Louis XV in Monaco) and Jacques Médecin the disgraced former mayor of Nice whose book La cuisine du comté de Nice is a classic on authentic Niçoise cuisine. In Genoa he unearthed a gold mine of local authorities on the history of the region's food.
So, whether it is a recipe for ratatouille or Ligurian gnocchi, the approach is thoughtful, meticulously researched and delicious! His dissertations on authenticity are compelling reading and his ability to weave his way through often contradictory techniques and approaches is commendable. Only a master diplomat could approach the minefield of the components of a Niçoise salad and come out the other side in one piece!
Catalan Cuisine which is also included in this collection.