How it all began
Fifteen years ago, my husband and I, through extraordinary good fortune, found and purchased a beautiful but rundown small farm in the remote Ardèche region of France. I learned how to live away from the city and traded my high heels for muddy boots and a garden trowel. I became intrigued by how people live, cook and think in this region and soon realised how imaginatively the local produce was used, how many family rituals were linked to the local cuisine and how strongly everyone was attached to the ‘terroir’, their countryside. Some friends were interested in sharing their knowledge about Ardèche cooking. They prepared some of their special dishes and, most importantly, let me be a witness with my camera. This is how the idea of writing this book was born.