{ A LIT­TLE FOOD FLIGHT READ­ING }

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Indulgence - MICHELLE ROWE

French Ties Jane Web­ster (Vik­ing $59.95) JANE Web­ster is, rather pre­sump­tu­ously, liv­ing my life. Well, the life I’d like to be lead­ing had I the where­withal to pack in my job, my house and my cat, and drag the hus­band off to buy a ren­o­va­tors’ de­light in Nor­mandy. In this se­quel to her 2008 book At My French Ta­ble, Web­ster fills us in on life since her fam­ily left Melbourne seven years ago to pur­sue their French ad­ven­ture. Af­ter ren­o­vat­ing their run­down chateau in the vil­lage of Bos­gouet, Web­ster set about re­al­is­ing an­other long-held dream: to in­vite small groups to her home for a taste of idyl­lic ru­ral French life. She now con­ducts cook­ing classes from her chateau kitchen, tak­ing in vis­its to mar­kets, butch­ers and boulan­geries, through her new busi­ness, The French Ta­ble. This sec­ond book is in­ter­spersed with recipes Web­ster has per­fected in her new sur­rounds, from an­chovy and gruyere pin­wheels and baked camem­bert to Bos­gouet fish pie.

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