Gofton to serve up French temptations
Cromwell’s growing reputation for fantastic book launches will see popular chef Allyson Gofton visit the town with her latest French offerings.
Cromwell Paper Plus manager Aimee Paardekooper said Gofton will talk about her latest book, Recipes from My French Kitchen, which chronicles the year she and her family spent living in France.
Part cookbook, part travel memoir Recipes from My French Kitchen transports readers to the heart of all things French as Gofton chronicles, month by month, her family’s year of living in Caixon, a tiny village of just 350 permanent residents.
Caixon lies at the foot of the Pyrenees— the majestic mountain range that creates a natural border between France and Spain.
Despite a rocky start, Gofton said their time away was the best experience her family had shared so far and they planned to return next year to spend another year there.
In the book she shares more than 50 seasonal dishes adapted for New Zealand home cooks, as well as stories of the people, places and culinary traditions experienced during their time there.
‘‘The food may not be flash, it may not be dusted and drizzled but it is honest and healthy food that is truly delicious because it is locally grown and cooked in the way it has always been cooked,’’ Gofton said.
‘‘No matter where we enjoyed a dish, the ingredients were few and simple, allowing the ingredients to sing in harmony.’’
As with most of Europe, provincial French life revolves around the seasonal, farming and religious calendars and Gofton talks about the countless fetes, fairs, festivals and markets— dating back to mediaeval times.
Allyson Gofton, her husband Warwick, son Jean-Luc and daughter Olive-Rose in France.
What: Allyson Gofton in Cromwell When: Friday, May 8, doors open at 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Where: Nichol’s Cafe, Cromwell Tickets: $30 from Cromwell Paper Plus. Includes a light platter. Full licensed bar available.
Allyson Gofton’s latest bookRecipes fromMyFrench Kitchen is part cookbook and part travel memoir.