From James Beard Book Award finalist Rebekah Peppler: The definitive guide to the food, drink, and lifestyle of southeastern France, featuring 100 recipes that reflect the simple, seasonal, and multicultural French table from a modern perspective.
For centuries, artists, vacationers, and food writers have fallen hard for the charms of the south of France. And like many regions where landscapes and people happily crash into each other, the food is dynamic and exciting. In Le Sud, Rebekah Peppler distills the flavors, techniques, and spirit of Provence, the Alps, and Côte d’Azur into a never-before-seen collection of recipes, photographs, and stories that give us a fresh new look at the region.
This French cuisine cookbook and lifestyle guide shares 100 sweet, savory, and cocktail recipes along with 100+ transporting photographs that expand our perception from lavender fields and afternoon pastis to a geographically and culturally diverse region of ocean, rivers, mountains, marshes, and plains and the delicious dishes that represent them. As in À Table—her inspiring cookbook about dining the Parisian way—Peppler prioritizes simplicity over complicated techniques and sketches the meals that fuel simple gatherings, meet-ups, hikes, and days at the beach.
Interwoven with the recipes are sidebars and primers that elevate a reader’s knowledge of southern French staples: wines of the region, after-dinner drinking, how little one can wear to the beach, and healing by the sea. Le Sud is more than a recipe book; it is also a deep celebration of this historic, diverse, abundant, enchanting region that has captured the imaginations of so many.
ACCESSIBLE FRENCH COOKING: With dishes that are easy enough to whip up on a weeknight but impressive enough to serve at a party, Le Sud gives home cooks the tools they need to recreate the magic of a Provençal evening anywhere in the world. Included are simple and fresh southern French classics like dips (tapenade, pesto, aioli), crudité, charcuterie, roasted or grilled chicken and fish, various unfussy methods for endless summertime vegetables, and must-have poolside beverages.
MORE THAN A COOKBOOK: With insight into the staples of southern French living, like how to source the brightest rosé, marché must-haves, tips on hosting, and the longstanding tradition of apéro, this book is so much more than a collection of recipes. In Le Sud, Rebekah Peppler uncovers the region's true beauty and dynamism through her fresh perspective and delicious guidance.
A GORGEOUS GIFT FOR FRANCOPHILES: Filled with Joann Pai's evocative photography of delicious French food, Provençal markets, Alpine vistas, white beaches on the côte, and more, readers will feel as if they are traveling through the south of France when they dive into this laidback-yet-chic exploration of all-things coastal.
- Francophiles and fans of French cuisine and culture
- Anyone who loves to eat seasonally and cook with fresh ingredients
- Home cooks looking for French recipes that rely on ease and accessibility rather than fancy techniques
- Fans of Rebekah Peppler's work, including À Table, her James Beard Award–nominated book Apéritif, and her writing in the New York Times
- People of all ages who like to plan unfussy meals with delicious food and minimal prep