World Chefs: French childhoods re-created in adult kitchens

Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:56am EDT
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By Luciana Lopez

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington had never met as children, but as adults they found they shared many childhood experiences that they brought together in a new book, "Paris to Provence: Childhood Memories of Food and France."

The combination travel memoir and cookbook is interspersed with photographs, not just of the recipes included, but of daily French life.

Both Brennan and Remington had spent their childhood summers in France with their parents, traveling the country and experiencing the delights of onion tarts, grilled sardines and truffled eggs.

Brennan spoke to Reuters about delving into her childhood memories of food and places and re-creating those experiences in the book.

Q: How does a person's individual experience of a place change their experience of the food or cuisine of a place?

A: Food and place are very tied together, as are all of our memories when it comes to childhood. And things just take you back or keep you there or remind you because food is so linked to all of our senses.

Q: How did going back to those memories as an adult change or affect your experience of them?

A: There were certain things I felt sad about when I discovered they actually are products of the past. For example, it used to be you would go to the beaches and all along the Mediterranean people would sell baskets of fresh-made cream-filled donuts and beignets. That doesn't exist anymore.   Continued...