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Pat Conroy Cookbook, The: Recipes And Stories Of My Life

by Pat Conroy
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  • Publisher: Nan A. Talese
  • Publishing date: 11/08/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780385532716
  • ISBN: 0385532717


America’s favorite storyteller, Pat Conroy, is back with a unique cookbook that only he could conceive. Delighting us with tales of his passion for cooking and good food and the people, places, and great meals he has experienced, Conroy mixes them together with mouthwatering recipes from the Deep South and the world beyond.

It all started thirty years ago with a chance purchase of The Escoffier Cookbook, an unlikely and daunting introduction for the beginner. But Conroy was more than up to the task. He set out with unwavering determination to learn the basics of French cooking—stocks and dough—and moved swiftly on to veal demi-glace and pâte brisée. With the help of his culinary accomplice, Suzanne Williamson Pollak, Conroy mastered the dishes of his beloved South as well as the cuisine he has savored in places as far away from home as Paris, Rome, and San Francisco.

Each chapter opens with a story told with the inimitable brio of the author. We see Conroy in New Orleans celebrating his triumphant novel The Prince of Tides at a new restaurant where there is a contretemps with its hardworking young owner/chef—years later he discovered the earnest young chef was none other than Emeril Lagasse; we accompany Pat and his wife on their honeymoon in Italy and wander with him, wonderstruck, through the markets of Umbria and Rome; we learn how a dinner with his fighter-pilot father was preceded by the Great Santini himself acting out a perilous night flight that would become the last chapters of one of his son’s most beloved novels. These tales and more are followed by corresponding recipes—from Breakfast Shrimp and Grits and Sweet Potato Rolls to Pappardelle with Prosciutto and Chestnuts and Beefsteak Florentine to Peppered Peaches and Creme Brulee. A master storyteller and passionate cook, Conroy believes that “A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal.”

“This book is the story of my life as it relates to the subject of food. It is my autobiography in food and meals and restaurants and countries far and near. Let me take you to a restaurant on the Left Bank of Paris that I found when writing The Lords of Discipline. There are meals I ate in Rome while writing The Prince of Tides that ache in my memory when I resurrect them. There is a shrimp dish I ate in an elegant English restaurant, where Cuban cigars were passed out to all the gentlemen in the room after dinner, that I can taste on my palate as I write this. There is barbecue and its variations in the South, and the subject is a holy one to me. I write of truffles in the Dordogne Valley in France, cilantro in Bangkok, catfish in Alabama, scuppernong in South Carolina, Chinese food from my years in San Francisco, and white asparagus from the first meal my agent took me to in New York City. Let me tell you about the fabulous things I have eaten in my life, the story of the food I have encountered along the way. . . ”

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  • Reading this book for the second time, and enjoying it all over again!
    From Amazon

    Pat Conroy is an artist ... an artist with words. You can visualize what he's writing about so beautifully. I loved the combination of the facts of his life, along with fantastic, mouth-watering recipes - what a great idea! He has overcome his childhood of flat-out child abuse! Out of his pain, he sees the pain in others. His stories show that he loves people, even though he was not taught love as a child. Though he may not think so, I think he is much stronger emotionally than his parents ever were. Thanks, Pat, or should I say "Lyon," for a wonderful book. Keep overcoming and please keep writing! Julie

  • A jewel
    From Amazon

    I love this book! I cannot say enough. Pat is probably THE most gifted writer I have ever read, first of all. The book is packed with fabulous stories about his very rich life and the recipes are stellar. I recommend this book to anyone who loves good dishes and the stories that accompany them. I will use this book for the rest of my life.

  • Like being in the Ole South
    From Amazon

    I love the way Pat Conroy writes, he is a wonderful story teller. When I saw the cookbook I knew it would be entertaining. I tend to see the world and culture through food.

  • I couldn't put it down - a non-reader
    From Amazon

    I haven't read for pleasure for 30 years. The past few years I have picked up cooking as a hobby and my reading has been limited to skimming recipes in cookbooks. However, once I got hooked by his style of writing, I skipped the recipes and read the stories. Now I am going back through the recipes. It was so much fun I think I will order more of his books and start reading again. If you love travel, cooking for family and friends and good story telling, you will love this book.

  • Quick comment on what bothered me...
    From Amazon

    I'm a huge fan of PC's writing. Was interesting to tie in his time in Italy with his Jack McCall character in Beach Music. His enthusiasm & affection for one daughter over the others irritated me. Wonder why his editor didn't catch this.

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