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MOVIES and FILM CLIPS
Video filmed and produced by Mischke Weinreb
"Duck Season - Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony, France's Last Best Place"
by David McAninch
Kind of fun.. Note the designation 'proof'
A friend of mine found this at a local market.
This is one of my favorites.. A portrayal of life in France - specifically my part of rural France, the Gers, without any Disneyesque overtones. It rings very true to me.
From the NY TImes, March 15, 2017
"Is Gascony the Most
Delicious Corner of France?"
Even a week or so spent eating and drinking your way around this rural
area of southwestern France is enough to spark a lifelong love affair
by David McAninch
photo just a typical local market stall; It does not appear in the article
This 11 page article written by the same author as above, is decidedly more touristic. I think it single handedly sparked a mini invasion into the Gers and in particular into Lectoure, where many of the photos were taken.
"A Culinary Journey in Gascony"
by Kate Hill
She's a terrific writer and the photos inside are better than the cover.
Kate Hill is one of my favorite cookbook authors. Even though this volume is slim, by the time you finish reading it, you'll think you were there in person. The original version of this book appeared in 1995 - a perfectly sized book that won't crush your lap and that can accompany you into the bath. I don't know how many copies I've purchased!
I haven't tried her newest book " CASSOULET A French Obsession" but as always, her writing will conjure up the soul of cassoulet. I'll save it for cold weather reading.
From Saveur Magazine, February 2017
"In French Gascony, Duck Fat is King"
Notes from a kitchen in Gascony, where no dish is complete without a healthy heap of duck fat
by Kate Hill
A meal chez Kate Hill.
More of her evocative writing, food photography and lots of recipes.
"THE COOKING of SOUTHWEST FRANCE
Recipes from France's Magnificent Rustic Cuisine"
by Paula Wolfert
Latest version updated in 2005. I find it hard to believe that the 1983 version has sous vide.
A Classic. A Bible. Fabulous recipes and knowledge base. This book has a short (11 pg) introduction that is very helpful in figuring out a rather confusing region. The author is a scholar and extremely down to earth. Her recipes can be trusted.
Meals from a Gascon Chef"
by Pascal Aussignac
Native chef, opened Club Gascon in London in 1998; earned 1 Michelin star in 2002
This is a book of evolved classics.. with a modern spin. The author is not wedded to the cuisine of his youth but he is Gascon through and through; proud of his heritage and interested in it's future. Because these recipes are more involved, more sophisticated, I use this book for inspiration as it's ambitions are slightly beyond me.
In the words of Pascal “I take the base of the ingredient and with the team twist it to a certain level where we try to reach a new style and identity, something which is a bit different,”
by Martin Walker
Not really Gascogne... but not so far. I love these mysteries from the Dordogne.
This is one of a series of books featuring Bruno, a local policeman assigned, and determined to remain assigned to a small town in the Perigord (just above the Gers) The mysteries are fun - although they often detail painful parts of French history. But they mysteries are less compelling than the picture portrayed of a young French man who puts his roots, food, wine, nature, and personal relationships above everything else.
"Happiness is in the Field"
(Le Bonne Heure est dans le Pré)
comedy directed by Étienne Chatiliez in 1995
I haven't actually seen this movie yet, although I've tried to. It appears to be a typical French comedy, possibly not great.. But, after trying to film it in other locations, the director realized that he was looking for the calm and beauty of the Gers. It was filmed.. perhaps 20 minutes from here. So, I am still trying to get a copy.
"A SUMMER IN GASCONY"
by Martin Calder
Published in 2008 - Gascony as seen through the eyes of a young working Brit.
I haven't read this book either but it's a travelogue about the life of a young Englishman working on a farm in the southern part of the Gascony; about about an hour and half south of where I live.. not far from the area
"Memories of Gascony"
by Pierre Koffmann
Published in 2012
The last book/movie that I haven't actually read. This a both a cookbook and a memoir of Pierre Koffmann, a renowned London cook who earned his third Michelin star only six years after opening La Tante Claire in 1977. He retired in 2003 although he has returned to the cooking world on a casual basis. This book is a classic.
Market video filmed and produced by Mischke Weinreb
This film clip is so much fun - it was filmed locally and when you come, you'll meet many of the people you see here selling the exact same things. It shows both the quaint aspects of this region, as well as the less than perfect underpinnings.
SLOW TOURISME in the GERS
This site, Gers Gascogne Tourisme, has more than 30 film clips about his region. Go here and explore whatever interests you... This is the perfect research tool for any of you who will be coming as a Non-Participant. Just one of these is playing to the left.
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