Flavour with Benefits: France by Cathy Connally & Charley Best
Would you love to take a romantic road trip to France? Your ticket is between the covers of Flavour with Benefits: France. Read stories of audacious women and experience inspired foods with recipes that do not compromise flavour or health. Won #1 New Release in 17 categories including Gourmet Foods and European Travel Photography and is rated 4.9 out of 5.
The cover and interior map are original art which plots the journey through France. They are charming and beautiful.
Chapter one opens with a Toast to the Widows of Champagne who could not vote but built an industry. Visit the wine caves built by the Romans.
Visit Metz where a five-year-old girl falls ill and the French doctor prescribes artichokes not pills. Travel through Burgundy and the Vosges where relatives fought in WWI. Meander the ancient alley ways of Arles and see white horses in the Camargue. Visit some Michelin star restaurants along the way.
Finally, make your way to Marseille where diverse cultures make for interesting walks and finally by boat on the Mediterranean Sea to Cassis and see the coastal mountains called the Camargue.
The reviews are in. Here is a sample:
“Authors Cathy Connally and Charley Best assembled a remarkable tour of culinary and societal insights throughout France. This book is vastly different from other recipe cookbooks. The book unfolds more like a storybook that takes you on a whirlwind tour of the country, offering delicious historical tidbits along the way. The original photographs enrich this story like an artfully added dab of perfectly whipped crème. The ingredients used are healthy and natural to excite the palate yet satiate those who sample the tastes.
The history related by the author growing up in this culture-rich environment made me fall in love with this book with every page turn. The example below makes this story become a passionate experience.
When I first invited a friend over and wanted her to wait for me, I ran to ask my father how to say the words in French. When I returned and said, “S’il-te-plaît, attends ici,” she did exactly as I asked. I giggled and was so pleased. Since then, I’ve become very good at asking people to do things!
There was also a little boy in my kindergarten class who teased me unmercifully. His name was Patrick-Michel, but I called him Patrick Méchant (Wicked). Giving him the gift of my repartee in French was quite empowering.
I also fell in love with the French cheeses and bread I saw in the local shops. Walking with my mother, Mary, and looking up at ancient buildings and the cathedral was a far cry from being a little girl in Connecticut. Let’s go on a walk, and I’ll show you.
I enjoyed every page and every recipe of this book and successfully did two of the recipes. I recommend it to those with passions for cooking, life, history, and family. Flavour with Benefits, France is a fantastic book with valuable recipes. I bought it as an ebook, but the book is on my list for Christmas. You must check out the best healthy alternatives.”
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Cathy Connally's culinary career had an inauspicious start at nine years old, with the renovation of her mother's kitchen involving the local fire department. Later, to the horror of a high school teacher in St. Peter, Minnesota, she would win a Betty Crocker Award, only because she was good at math. This vote of confidence would propel her into internal audit and eventually to a career as an entrepreneur in the technology sector. Later as her health suffered from too much time on the road, she would remember her early experience using food as medicine and she was compelled to develop the Flavour with Benefit philosophy which never compromises flavour or health.
Charley Best decided after decades lounging as an entrepreneur, he would use his weekends and meditation time and add author to his list of hobbies. he is not only a believer in the positive effects of the Flavour with Benefits approach to nutrition and the enjoyment of delicious food, but he's
also developed a stand-up comedy routine about the benefits. He loves hummingbirds and spends many hopeful hours by a window with a camera, willing the snow to melt and pining for the birds to return. He prefers the dainty photogenic female birds.