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Coquilles, Calva and Crème

A culinary memoir that brings to life some of the most fascinating, glamorous food years in France and reveals treasures from obscure gifted artisans of the French countryside.Dryansky’s stories are the stuff of legend - evenings with Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, and the historic wine auctions and memorable banquets that accompanied them - but Coquilles is more than memories. These same memories prompt a journey across modern-day France, through kitchens and farms and vineyards, offering a savory experience that can be duplicated by the reader afterwards with numerous recipes that have never been recorded.Dryansky takes us on a sweeping sensory journey with a voice as thoughtful as Kingsolver, as entertaining as Bourdain, and as cogent and critical as Pollan.

Gerry Dryansky has called Paris home for more than thirty years, two decades of which he spent as the senior European correspondent for Condé Nast Traveler. He has written for magazines and newspapers around the globe and lives in France with his wife, Joanne, who is the coauthor of this volume.