A Table in the Tarn: Living, Eating and Cooking in South-West France

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The story of the Manoir de Raynaudes begins on New Year's Eve 2001 when Orlando and his partner first glimpse the ruined manoir at dusk. It charts the acquisition and renovation of the property - set in 13 acres of lush meadow, woodland, lakes and gardens - and moves on to the launch and the growth of this phenomenally successful b&b.Along the way, learn about the local food scene, with its astonishingly rich heritage of ingredients and dishes, about working in France and coping with the famous French bureaucracy, and about the unforeseen delight of working with the locals.Four years on, with countless plaudits and a coveted entry in the classy Mr and Mrs Smith directory, the business attracts visitors from around the world and continues to be a gastronomic destination for anyone seeking peace, tranquility and above all fantastic food.Everything at the manoir is home made, from breakfast breads to after-dinner chocolates, and the book includes 100 recipes. From the sublime Roquefort Brioche via Savoury Mini Clafoutis and Roast Pigeon Breasts in Armagnac to the unparalleled Chocolate Nirvana with Creme Anglaise, this collection of recipes offers a vivid experience of life in rural France. Cooks everwhere will devour the descriptions of country cooking as mastered by generations of French cooks.Not only will you learn the insider secrets of making acclaimed dishes from the Manoir, but find out what it's like to make a dream come true.

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About the author (2008)

After reading English at Cambridge Orlando Murrin became a journalist. While working on Cosmopolitan, his lifelong passion for cooking resulted in him reaching the semi-finals of BBC2's Masterchef. In 1997 his career and his culinary skills were combined in the role of Editor, BBC Good Food magazine. His first cookbook, The Clever Cook, was a collection of his columns for the Daily Express. In 2003, he published The No Cook Cookbook. His boutique b&b, The Manoir de Raynaudes, opened in June 2004.

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