JBR quit L’Ortolan his successful south of England restaurant for a farmhouse in SW France. French Leave, based on a successful TV series, is a memoir of his first year in France, taking on the French at their own game in their own back yard, sampling the pleasures and pitfalls of truffle-hunting, cheese-making and becoming a chocolatier. Lavishly photographed, with over 100 exclusive recipes, French Leave is a great dual purpose tome – for the fireside on a winter’s night and in the kitchen.
By John Burton Race
Ebury Press GB£20.00