THE FRENCH AFFAIR - TABLES OF LOVE

Published by Penguin Random House, October 2013

The French Affair is a collection of recipes I gathered on a life's journey that took me from a farm in South Africa to the French Riviera and Paris.

BY JAN-HENDRIK VAN DER WESTHUIZEN

The book is a feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul, reflecting my love affair with France and its culture of good food, fresh products from local markets and the meals that has inspired me on my travels through these epicurean surroundings.  My love of food was nurtured by my mother and grandmothers, and this family influence and my South African roots are reflected in my recipes for Ouma se Soetkoekies (sweet wine biscuits) and Milk Tart with Cinnamon Quinces. Dishes such as Cauliflower and Roquefort Soup, and Creamy Chicken and Corn Pot Pies are inspired by my student years in Stellenbosch, while Rabbit and Wild Mushroom Ragout, Sticky Tarte Tatin and Croque-Monsieur à la Banane clearly show the French influence. Oysters Baked with Champagne Cream and Turkish Delight Pavlova reflect my time spent as a private chef on a yacht on the French Riviera.

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