Le Sud

Recipes from Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Pub Date 23 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 22 Apr 2024

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From James Beard Book Award finalist Rebekah Peppler: The definitive guide to the food, drink, and lifestyle of southeastern France, featuring 100 recipes that reflect the simple, seasonal, and multicultural French table from a modern perspective.

For centuries, artists, vacationers, and food writers have fallen hard for the charms of the south of France. And like many regions where landscapes and people happily crash into each other, the food is dynamic and exciting. In Le Sud, Rebekah Peppler distills the flavors, techniques, and spirit of Provence, the Alps, and Côte d’Azur into a never-before-seen collection of recipes, photographs, and stories that give us a fresh new look at the region.

This French cuisine cookbook and lifestyle guide shares 100 sweet, savory, and cocktail recipes along with 100+ transporting photographs that expand our perception from lavender fields and afternoon pastis to a geographically and culturally diverse region of ocean, rivers, mountains, marshes, and plains and the delicious dishes that represent them. As in À Table—her inspiring cookbook about dining the Parisian way—Peppler prioritizes simplicity over complicated techniques and sketches the meals that fuel simple gatherings, meet-ups, hikes, and days at the beach.

Interwoven with the recipes are sidebars and primers that elevate a reader’s knowledge of southern French staples: wines of the region, after-dinner drinking, how little one can wear to the beach, and healing by the sea. Le Sud is more than a recipe book; it is also a deep celebration of this historic, diverse, abundant, enchanting region that has captured the imaginations of so many.

From James Beard Book Award finalist Rebekah Peppler: The definitive guide to the food, drink, and lifestyle of southeastern France, featuring 100 recipes that reflect the simple, seasonal, and...


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A gorgeous cookbook that will make great gift giving....amazing photography well written and organized and will make you want to add the apero to your culinary musts. So far all the recipes in that category deliver.
A gem of a find will refer to often for recipes and amazing cote photos…so glad Rebekah was able to recover from long Covid by immersing
in food and sea. There are just the right amount of recipes not to overwhelm and keeps the standard division of recipe ordering which I find to be a good thing. Chronicle books amazes again.

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I want to cook (almost) everything in this gorgeous cookbook. The recipes look absolutely delicious and none of the ingredients seem to be difficult to find (or, if they are, the author tells you easy substitutes or how to make it yourself). 10/10 would buy for myself.

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This cookbook of French Cuisine has a nice variety of Cocktails/Snacks, delicious Meat and Seafood recipes, Pasta, Vegetables (Salt and Vinegar Potatoes-yum!), healthy salads and deliciously photographed Sweets section bring it all together!

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French food is a guilty pleasure of mine and one style of food I do not explore as often as others. I liked this cookbook, but was not a fan of the formatting. I kept going “where is the ingredients” only to find them at the way not left of the page that could be easily missed. Also, not a lot of pictures. I’m one who likes to see what I’m cooking and with a style of food I’m not familiar with, how do I know what it looks like or HOW it’s supposed to look if I don’t have any pictures?

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I didn't like most of the photos; the bikini and other photos of that nature felt inappropriate and awkward and made me rather uncomfortable. I wouldn't want to keep this cookbook out on my counter, that's for sure. I did think the food was good and on point with the south of france, where I have lived. I liked that the author used simple ingredients.

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I enjoyed the photographs, I enjoyed the recipes. It was difficult to find the ingredients listed and the format just seemed off, making it difficult to read.

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Le Sud is perfection. The recipes will transport you to (or back to) the south of France. There’s an entertaining anecdote preceding each one. Rebekah Peppler is funny, relatable, and a great writer. The recipes and stories are only enhanced by the breathtaking photographs. I can’t wait to see the printed edition of Le Sud.

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This lovely cookbook captures the essence of the sparkling shores of Southern France. The recipes showcase local, seasonal ingredients brought to life through the author's personal anecdotes and artsy flair. The book is sprinkled with stunning photos that evoke a strong sense of destination and a nostalgic farmhouse flavor, so it's easy to imagine myself with the sun on my face and the sand between my toes, soaking in the salty air.

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I unfortunately do not have a French restaurant near me but I love French food. I am not the best cook, and French cuisine can be a bit daunting but this cookbook makes it so easy! The directions for each recipe are easy to follow and I can definitely envision this book being used for years to come.

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I love to cook, and I spent a half day in southern France this summer. I instantly fell in love with the people, the food, the atmosphere. This beautiful book is a trip to France and provides amazing recipes for bringing the French way of life into your kitchen.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book.

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Incredible cookbook, I’ll purchasing this for myself along with her previous cookbook. I’ve been recommending this to all my friends. I cooked the Market Chicken and Potatoes and it was maybe the best thing I’ve cooked all year. What a book!

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The imagery of the cookbook is stunning and the layout of recipes and information is easy to follow. I made the garlic roast chicken recipe and it was delicious.

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To paraphrase the author, “Shopping, prepping, and cooking are great to do if you have something to put off”. I far more enjoy reading and cooking from new cookbooks than most anything else. And so I found myself reading and cooking through a couple of bitter cold weeks to warm my soul and feel as if I was in the south of France. Peppler’s many chicken dishes were a joy to make especially the Market Day Roast Chicken and Potatoes. Her Candied Walnuts are to die for and the salads were wonderful with so many options also provided. I loved how she provided the everyday cook more typical ingredient options instead of making me guess. While I don’t often have a vanilla bean handy she was kind enough to let me know I could substitute 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Interesting that slot of sweet desserts also are finished with a sprinkling of flaky salt. Thank you Rebekah! The travels, the beaches and anecdotes were a wonderful accompaniment along with beautiful photos making me wish to try these dishes in France immédiatement!

Thank you #NetGalley for providing the advance digital review of #LeSud.

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This cookbook is a fabulous gift and guide to the Southern France way of life. Delicious and easy to cook meals will transport you and your guests to the beautiful area of Le Sud. French staples such as frites, paella, and claufotis are included as well as other less well known dishes. And the photos are stunning. Beautiful book is like a plane ticket to France.

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This book had very nice photography and a good variety of dishes that represented the food found in the south of France. I didn't find myself inspired to make any of the dishes presented though.

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What a delicious book! While I have never been to the south of France, I felt transported by this book. I had the pleasure of reading this during a snow storm, and it was a wonderful escape from the cold. The recipes are delicious and it's a great way to have a casual but elevated evening with your friends, your partner, or yourself.

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While there are many French cookbooks available, James Beard finalist and award winning author, Rebekah Pepplar has focused on one not so well-known region of France in her cookbook, Le Sud: Recipes from Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. While this cookbook has some classic French recipes, it has lots more unique and innovative recipes using the ingredients of the region. This cookbook is absolutely beautiful, and not only contains mouthwatering recipes that cooks will want to prepare, but also gorgeous photographs of the region, photographs of the food, and stories that will make everyone want to visit the area as soon as possible. This is one cookbook that is nice enough to be a coffee table book, and so well-written, most will want to curl up in a corner and read it cover to cover.

The recipes are written in the traditional manner with ingredients listed along with step-by-step instructions. But each recipe has stories or notes about the recipe which are worth reading and will make each dish seem more special. The book is well-written and definitely fun to read (not to mention the fact that the “must make soon” queue will grow longer every time the book is opened).

While I own dozens of good French cookbooks that I use often, none seem as wonderful after owning this one. It is fun to cook from and the recipes turn out beautifully. It will be the goal of every reader who cooks from this and reads this to visit the region and eat everything mentioned in the book.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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This book is a treasure trove of authentic recipes from the South of France, curated with precision and expertise. From classic drinks to simple, delicious recipes, "Le Sud" guides you through the intricate and elegant world of French cooking. I think this would make a great gift for lovers of France!

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I've made quite a few TikTok videos demonstrating a few of the recipes from "Le Sud". Since reading, all I can think of is how desperately I want my own Sapphic Côte d'Azur vacation; thankfully, eating the recipes from "Le Sud" helps feed that urge (pun intended). I enjoyed Rebekah's voice in the excerpts about the recipes and her travels, and Joann Pai's photography amplified the experience. I appreciated the section on picking a French wine, which I have slowly been requesting from my local distributor. I also enjoyed the very large tapenade section, which will be perfect for any future cocktail parties I may have.

The highlight of this cookbook is without a doubt the "Daube Provençale". I did adjust the recipe slightly, substituting the pancetta with pork belly and almost doubling the garlic amount, but for the most part, Peppler did an amazing job describing the necessary steps. I also highly recommend marinating overnight, as I didn't feel the marinade had soaked enough after 2 hours. This would adjust the recommended cook time from 2 days to 3 days, but it is well worth it. After day two, I served it with some pappardelle pasta, and while the flavor was still rich, on the third day (served over rice pilaf), the beef absolutely melted in my mouth. I also appreciated Peppler's recommendation to save the leftover jus and freeze it until needed. Two weeks later, I needed to quickly make a dish and remembered Peppler's "La Macaronade" excerpt.

I prepared "The Market Day Chicken and Potatoes" with the "grande aioli" on the side for my husband's 30th birthday dinner, and he was absolutely impressed. It was my first attempt at spatchcocking a chicken, and while I wish Peppler did a better job explaining HOW to actually spatchcock a chicken, I figured it out through YouTube videos.

Of the recipes I have attempted, the only one I didn't enjoy was the "Ratatouille". The recipe was still easy to follow, although it did take a very long time. However, my complaint was with the eggplant. I potentially salted it too much, didn't let it soak out enough, or used unripe eggplants without realizing; but they had an overwhelmingly bitter taste. It could also be that I am so used to eating the same Crock Pot Ratatouille since 2010, that since this didn't taste exactly the same, it seemed off.

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Absolutely lovely cookbook the photography the gorgeous recipes.Im a lover of French food and looking forward to trying many of them.#netgalley #chroniclebooks.

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It is always nice to find an approachable, but elevated cookbook. The recipes are unique, but attainable - all ingredients you can find in a US grocery store, but maybe you wouldn't pair together on your own. It was also visually stunning - every photo should be framed and displayed - true works of art. Upon finishing reading, I was ready to book a trip to the South of France immediately. It transported me. I can't wait to get a physical copy when it comes out.

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Beautiful book. Some recipes are harder to source ingredients for where I live, but that's to be expected. All of the recipes I tried came out very well with varying levels of difficulty but none that left me stumped or frustrated. Recipes that were more of a process were all worth the extra effort.

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I am a big fan of Rebekah Peppler’s À Table and was very excited to see her latest cookbook, Le Sud. The photographs are stunning and immediately transported me to the south of France. This cookbook contains a wonderful variety of recipes that are both elevated and approachable. I found myself adding something new to my “to cook” list with each page. The ingredients list placement on the recipes did feel a bit unnatural at first, but it didn’t take long to adapt. After cooking my way through this book I have a feeling I’ll be ready to book a ticket to France!

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The pictures in this book are stunning. I feel like I am summering on the coast of France or Italy. The ingredients list is easily typed out in a clean and concise format. Some of the time metric measurements are included, but most of the time of the time it is in the USA measuring system. The steps on how to make the recipe could be a bit easier to read. On my version, it looks like it is all one paragraph. Perhaps having bullet points or numbers and separating various steps could help. For more step-intensive recipes such as the "Daube Provencal" on page 127 this could be helpful. Shorter recipes I don't think it's necessary.

I could see myself purchasing this as an e-book (I tend to cook that way more) or as a physical book for friends as a wedding gift. I have not cooked anything yet in this, but I see potential in it. I am excited to try the tomato tarte recipe this summer!

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I am currently listening to French Cooking radio, mouth is watering, and feeling very nostalgic for my brief time in Nice seven years ago.

An extremely atmospheric cookbook that personifies the Cote d’Azur lifestyle to a T, the recipes were straight-forward and effortlessly stylish; which seemed to be the personality of its author as well. Le Sud is a book fit to grace the tops of kitchen countertops as well as showcased on the most stylish of coffee tables. I wanted to make absolutely everything in the Snacking chapter so much that I overlooked the fact that there was a recipe for wine over ice (I know, I know, it was intentionally kitschy). The recipes definitely seem simple at a glance, but I also think showcasing the refined elegance of the French Riviera was the intention.

The accompanying photos aired on the more aesthetically minimal side (i.e. something you’d come across in an art gallery) and my only wish was for more close ups of each pertaining dish. However, I loved the wittiness of Rebekah’s commentaries and intros so much that it did the job of making each recipe enticing, even without the typical mouthwatering accompaniments. Reminiscent of Alison Roman and Peter Mayle, Rebekah is a talented storyteller and I would read a travel memoir by her any day.

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

LE SUD is Rebekah Peppler's follow-up to A TABLE and it does not disappoint. This is a gorgeous book. It's the next best thing to being on vacation in southeastern France, you feel transported just flipping through the pages. The location and food photography is just exquisite. I made a couple of things from the book this week (garlic chicken and moules in aioli), following the recipes to a T, and both were absolutely delicious. A TABLE has a place in my cookbook collection and certainement so does LE SUD.

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Le Sud is a wonderful treasure of stories, recipes and pictures of travels throughout the South of France. The book is organized in three section followed by subsections: to start, to continue and to finish. A more aesthetically pleasing and organized Table of Contents to the cookbook. The cookbook has beautiful pictures and wonderful French recipes. I felt as through the pictures gave you the ambiance and view for each recipe’s provenance. I felt the book was so pleasing to look thru and not only would it be a great cookbook for your collection, but a great Table book for those who often are reminiscing on the South of France. I loved the pictures of the fresh food and the great locations for the pictures. The recipes are easy to follow and ingredients easy to find.

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Embarking on my own adventure to Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France, this summer, I was delighted to stumble upon "Le Sud" by Rebekah Peppler. It has quickly became a cherished companion in my kitchen. With a keen interest in exploring recipes from specific places, I found this cookbook to be a delightful treasure trove of French culinary delights.

What immediately captured my attention was the flawless (and I do mean flawless) photography of "Le Sud." Each image was a masterpiece, beautifully composed with creative lighting and crisp, refreshing colors that effortlessly transported me to the sun-kissed landscapes of the French countryside and riviera. As I flipped through the pages, I couldn't help but feel immersed in the rich tapestry of the region, eager to recreate its flavors in my own kitchen. What a gift to have cookbook images that inspire!

One standout recipe that I tried was an herb salad that left my taste buds tingling with its fresh and delightful flavors. But beyond the recipes I tried, what truly impressed me was the thoughtful layout and graphic design of the cookbook. The clear column layout with ingredients listed on the left made it easy to follow along, while the clever titles for each recipe added a touch of whimsy to the pages.

Moreover, I appreciated the personal stories that accompanied each dish, providing insight into the culinary traditions and cultural significance of the recipes. Rebekah Peppler's expertise shone through in every word, making French cooking feel accessible, chic, and utterly delightful.

If there's one aspect of the cookbook that I found lacking, it would be the absence of numbered recipe steps. While the paragraphs were descriptive and well-written, I occasionally found myself lost in the instructions, wishing for a clearer roadmap to guide me through the cooking process.

Despite this minor drawback, "Le Sud" remains a wonderful addition to any foodie's kitchen. Its versatility and appeal make it suitable for cooks of all skill levels and taste preferences. Whether you're a seasoned chef or an amateur enthusiast, I believe this hidden gem is sure to inspire and delight with its exquisite flavors and captivating stories.

Thank you Rebekah for giving us something that celebrates the vibrant flavors and rich traditions of Provence.

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