What did Julia Child, James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones have in common? They all liked cats.
But Provence, 1970 is not a book about cats. It is a book about food, friends, and a gathering of great cooks in the South of France in 1970. If you read all the new books about Julia Child, don’t miss this one. These were her friends, fellow cooks, and food writers. This was her family. They bickered, fought, cooked, and drank. They created grand meals for each other to enjoy and evaluate. Provence in 1970 provided them with a refuge from their fame.
We are privileged to get to peek in at the window and imagine we can smell the Christmas goose.