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í Read ½ Return to Paris: A Memoir by Colette Rossant í It Is And Paris Is Recovering From The War As Soon As Colette S Family Arrive From Cairo, Her Mother Abandons Her Yet Again Terribly Homesick, Colette Finds Solace In The Kitchen With The Cook Georgette, And Discovers A Love For French Food And It Is Through Food That Colette Finds Happiness In Paris I enjoyed this easy read I found some of the recipes incomplete The bolognese sauce had no mention tomatoes in it Despite this I enjoyed the descriptions of Paris Cario I would like to read her other books.
Colette Rossant s second memoir and the follow up to the wonderful Apricots on the Nile again filled with memories and stories from her past and interspersed with mouth watering recipes along the way.
In 1947 Colette returned to live in Paris after spending the years of World War II with her relatives in Cairo Again, Colette s feckless mother leaves her in the care of fairly unknown relatives, this time her stern maternal grandmother Luckily the chef of the house Mademioselle Georgette takes Colette under her wing and teaches her the wonders of french cookery.
Paris is where Colette really grows up, where she is wined and dined by possible suitors and discovers love and loss and meets the man who will finally become her husband.
I ve enjoyed both of Colette s memoirs and look forward to reading the third instalment.
This is a sequel to Apricots on the Nile and follows the same pattern a memoir with recipes Even than with the earlier book, the author finds in her fascination with food, solace for an unhappy home life It lacks the exotic setting of Apricots, but is a good read nonetheless.
RETURN TO PARIS by Colette RossantWho does not like books about food, and French food at that No pictures in this one, but such vivid descriptions and such love of the food that we don t really need pictures Colette Rossant is of French and Egyptian descent Now in her late 70s, she lives in America with her American architect husband James, whom she first met when she was 16 Just like any love story, they immediately fell in love and were finally reunited four long years later Colette s mother was Parisian Jewish French, her father was Egyptian, from Cairo, and also Jewish Prior to the war the family was living in Paris, when her father was diagnosed with cancer The family moved to Cairo when Colette was 5 in 1937, where her father died shortly after Her mother, not the most maternally inclined of women, effectively deserted her daughter, leaving her in the care of her paternal grandparents The unhappy and lost child found refuge in the kitchens of her wealthy grandparents,in the process developing a love for food and food preparation After the war, in 1946, when travel was once again possible, her mother, at the demand of her mother in Paris, suddenly reappeared in Cairo, swept up the now 14 year old Colette and disappeared back to France Colette s life in Cairo is narrated in the beautiful memoir Apricots on the Nile Return to Paris is the sequel to the first book, and tells of Colette s sudden and difficult shift back to Paris, a city she hardly remembers, to a grandmother and older brother she has not seen for 9 years Hardly a simple life for a 14 year old girl After the freedoms of living in Cairo, life in post war Paris is not easy the grandmother is a dragon, her mission in life to bring Colette back into the Jewish fold, to turn her into a young lady and to marry her off to a suitable young man Once again Colette finds refuge in the kitchen with the lovely Georgette who was the family cook when Colette was a young child After some resistance she slowly rediscovers her love of French food, which naturally is very different from the flavours of the Middle East She would appear to have plenty of spirit and thrives on disobeying her elders missing school so she can explore food markets and back streets of Paris, not playing ball with regards to the young men she is regularly set up with by her family, and seriously enjoying her love of good food The memoir finishes when Colette is in her early 20s, having married her sweetheart and migrated to New York, again not an easy shift for her, but her love of food becomes the key to her acceptance of her new life Throughout the book are recipes of dishes from her days in Paris Omelettes aux Fines Herbes, Chicken Fricassee, Tomato Salad, Pommes aux Gratin, Rabbit with Prunes and Lentils, Crepes, Onion Soup, Raspberry Tart to name just a few With one or two exceptions, all of the recipes are very straight forward, depending, like all great meals, on good quality ingredients combined with what appears to be easy technique and a bit of time.
I really enjoyed reading this Having read Apricots on the Nile some years ago, I knew reading this would be like meeting an old friend and catching up on the next instalment Most of the book covers her teen years and as we know being a teenager is never an easy time in life She is very honest and open about the difficulties she has with her family and the expectations placed on her, and I imagine at times she fully deserved their anger and rules But I never felt like I disliked her, or that she was getting too big for her boots Totally charming and self deprecating, with this overriding passion for food and personal discovery, I think she is just gorgeous By the way the Tomato Salad is delicious, be careful of garlic burps the next day.
A blend of memoir and food writing The memoir, while interesting, was less successful, I thought than the food writing and recipes.
Colette Rossant was born in Paris During the war years, she was sent to relatives in Egypt Eight years later, she returns to Paris as a teenager This book is the story of her time in Paris while she is finishing school, living with a very domineering, at times abusive grandmother until the time of her marriage in her early 20s Ms Rossant s greatest confidantes in her life are the cook at her Egyptian grandparents house and then later, the cook at her French grandmother s house Therefore, she spends a lot of time in the kitchen, learning an appreciation for food The book includes a lot of these recipes and she is very descriptive when speaking of her love affair with food This book was very easy to read and I loved the descriptions of food and the recipes, a few of which I would like to try Ms Rossant has written a couple of other memoirs, one of her time in Egypt which took place before this book and the other takes place after this one, when she goes to New York with her American husband I would like to read these also.
This was a nice book but not brilliant Her story is interesting she is partly Jewish, partly Catholic her mother converted to Catholicism and pressured her to convert too , of a French mother and Egyptian father, spending a good hunk of her childhood in Cairo and I love that she is so interested in food But her writing is stilted, it doesn t flow, and the editing could have been better Still, I enjoyed it overall and took special note of the fact that here was one person who, for good reasons, did not enjoy her life in Paris.
I ve really enjoyed reading all three of this author s memoirs This is the second in the series I particularly enjoyed reading about her perspective of Americans from her French sensibilities If there s a fourth book I ll race out to get that one too After the Second World War the author Colette returns to Paris, after spending 8 years in Egypt I really enjoyed this book We see how the author has to adapt to life with her elderly grandmother,attending a Catholic convent school, abandoned by her flighty mother,after spending her childhood with her huge extended paternal Jewish Egyptian family I especially loved the description of life and cuisine in both of the countries.