I spent three months in Paris this year and one wonderful week in Nice taking some fantastic cooking classes. And one of the things I was trying to get a handle on was how in our very fast-paced world can we balance eating healthy and creating delicious meals? Anyone who has traveled for work extensively knows how difficult it is to cook your own meals when you're in a hotel most nights. And when you get home, well you're so tired.
It was very easy in Paris to head to the local markets for fresh food because that's what everybody did but not so easy in Dallas where it's just more convenient to eat out alot. I fell in love with "The Provence Cookbook" by Patricia Wells. Patricia makes it easy to translate Provencal cooking into American cooking - where to find some ingredients and good substitutes for what we don't have here. She has some menus at the back of the book that are easy to put together. Makes me feel like a "real" chef. I've also taken the time to check out local farmers markets here and well the ingredients make a big difference.
Includes recipes such as Raspberry Sorbert, Summer Truffle Salad, Chilled Tomato soup and more.
Here's to Happy Cooking!
Patricia Wells - www.patriciawells.com
Photo Credits: Nice, Agency Dreamstime