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Colors of Provence: Traditions, Recipes, and Home Decorations from the South of France [Hardcover]

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Under the bright Provencal sun, the colors of earth, stone, trees, fruits, and flowers give this region its unique character and beauty—from the deep purple of lavender fields to the radiant yellow of sunflowers, and from the bright red of vine-ripened tomatoes to the earthy blackness of fresh truffles, the essential elements of Provence are unfolded chapter by chapter and color by color. Ochre bricks and roof tiles are set against ripe red cherries, while glistening clementines share the orange hues of Mediterranean coral. Yellow tints the popular pastis liqueur and the zucchini blossoms used in the local cuisine. Green recalls the traditional garden pottery while blue reflects the fishing boats and white symbolizes the region's famous cotton boutis bed coverings. An insider's guide includes the best addresses for fabrics, ceramics, antiques, and embroidery, sources for gourmet delicacies, and recipes for uniquely Provencal dining experiences. This book is a visually evocative and essential reference on this unique corner of the world.
Michel Biehn, an internationally recognized expert of Provencal traditions, is an antique dealer and decorator who lives in the village of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. He is the author of Michel Biehn's Healthy Recipes (2003), Cooking with Herbs: The Flavors of Provence (2001), and Recipes from a Provençal Kitchen (1995/1999), all published by Flammarion. Gilles Martin-Raget, acclaimed photographer, worked with Michel Biehn on Cooking with Herbs and remains captivated by the photographic richness of his native Provence. His gallery "Image en Provence," which he opened in 1997, is a showcase for traditional Provencal costumes.

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Pages   176
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 0.8" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 12, 2006
Publisher   Flammarion
ISBN  208030531X  
ISBN13  9782080305312  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Michel Biehn, an internationally recognized expert on the traditions of Provence, is an antique dealer and interior designer in the Provenç al village of Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, where he lives with his wife, Catherine.
Bernard Touillon's stunning photographs of French cuisine and interior design have been featured in such prestigious magazines as "Cô te Sud," "Figaro Madame," "Cuisine et vins de France,"" Gault et Millau," and in the book, "Les Lé gumes de Mon Moulin,"

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Local Color  Mar 22, 2001
Michel Biehn records in loving and sensuous detail the customs and culture of his native Provence, using color as an ingenious organizing theme. The book goes far beyond the cliched lavender. It reveals the purples that fill Provencal gardens at Easter: lilac, iris and wisteria; the deep indigo that dyed the "jute de Nimes" exported to the United States as "denim" (de Nimes) by Levi Strauss; the hot saffron that flavors bouillabaisse; the orange coral marketed at Marseille; the white-on-white boutis embroidery on quilts and linens for the traditional trousseau; the red stone villages rising from the red earth; the yellow of sunflowers, straw hats and bright silk petticoats. Biehn's particular interest, and expertise, in traditional Provencal fabrics and costumes provides a logical palette on which to juxtapose these dramatic colors. Filled with memories, history, folklore, poetry, garden wisdom and mouthwatering recipes, The Colors of Provence is illustrated with ravishing color photos of Provencal landscapes, homes and objects.

This book has very much enriched our journeys in Provence and prodded our memories when we reminisce about them. Michel Biehn's idiosyncratic list of his favorite places to visit in Provence has led us to wonderful restaurants, shops, tile works, fabric stores and museums. We found it a valuable resource for understanding the significance of artifacts in village museums in Provence, and especially the collections of the extraordinary Provencal folk museum - the Musee Arlaten - that poet Frederic Mistral established in Arles with his Nobel prize money. A lovely and lively book perfect for planning a journey to Provence or dreaming about one.

Gorgeous photos, magnificent colors!  Aug 20, 1999
I was given this book as a gift upon returning from a trip to France, and this more than any of my travel photos will remind me of and make me yearn to be back in Provence. Very beautiful!

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