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Aperitif: Recipes for Simple Pleasures in the French Style
by: Georgeanne Brennan

Binding: Hardcover
Brand: Brand: Chronicle Books
EAN: 9780811810777
ISBN: 0811810771
Item Dimensions: 93086070
Label: Chronicle Books
Languages: EnglishPublishedEnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Chronicle Books
Manufacturer Maximum Age: 1188 months
Manufacturer Minimum Age: 156 months
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 144
Publication Date: February 01, 1997
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Studio: Chronicle Books

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Product Description:
To the French, an aperitif is so much more than a cocktail. It is a rite by which family and friends pass from work to leisure while sipping a mild beverage, enjoying a few savory snacks, and engaging in lively conversation. Aperitif is a gorgeous celebration of a ritual we can now all enjoy. Illustrated with sumptuous photographs taken on location in France, this beautiful volume comes complete with more than fifty recipes for fruit wines, classic aperitifs, and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as the simple but sophisticated finger foods that accompany them. A gift of memories for those who love France and a taste of la bonne vie for those who have never visited, Aperitif is a passport to the glories of the French countryside and the time-honored traditions of its table. Review:
Popular throughout the Mediterranean, an apéritif is a drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite. For the French, it is also a convivial ritual enjoyed by all, a time for sharing conversation and a bit of food along with an elegant flute of champagne, a cloudy glass of bracing anise-flavored pastis, and a glass of lemonade for the children.

Georgeanne Brennan, who divides her time between Provence and a farm in Northern California, explains the chronography of the apéritif ritual. Her historical background fascinates. The stories accompanying recipes for homemade vins maisons such as cherry-flavored Guignolet enchant.

Brennan tells how to brew your own apéritifs from scratch. If you enjoy une petite verre--a drink before dining--Brennan also tempts you to explore French classics like Lillet, Dubonnet and Suze. Her recipes for suitable accompanying nibbles will enhance the cocktail hour.

Atmospheric photos give Apéritif the glow of lounging on a sunny terrace or of lingering through the lavender twilight with a relaxing glass in hand.--Dana Jacobi

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