Grapes at Domaine Leduc-Frouin

ripening grapes in the Loire

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Hot Sun, Cool Shadow in the Languedoc

Whilst we are enjoying mediterranean temperatures in the UK, this book may not be so attractive – but come a cooler autumn or colder winter this could be the book to enjoy and indulge in learning more about the Languedoc, its wines and food.
“An unabashed celebration of the joys of food and cooking, Hot Sun, Cool Shadow follows the story of award-winning food-writer Angela Murrills and the artist Peter Matthews, who travel together to the southerly French region of Languedoc. The Languedoc is famed for its landscape, legendary gastronomical pleasures and rich culture, stretching from the Rhone to the Pyrennees, it is one of Europe’s oldest provinces and one of it’s most fertile regions. Hot Sun, Cool Shadow, is a vivid account of their quest for the finest wines, cuisine and characters. Along the way they discover ancient houses, take in the scenery that inspired great artists like Henry Matisse, retrace the steps of Toulouse-Lautrec, and recreate typical dishes of the region; finally settling themselves in this staunchly independent agricultural region, where life moves at a steady pace under the mellow sun. Hot Sun, Cool Shadow includes over eighty illustrations by renowned artist Peter Matthews. “

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