A Seasonal Memoir with Recipes
Celebrating the tastes, smells and colours of an island where the cooking is seasonal and the flowers play changes on the theme of year-round spring, this memoir is written in the rhythm of the five seasons of Corfu. It tells the stories of the house of Rovinia, built in the 1960s by Emma Tennant's parents, of Maria, the "spirit of the house" and her knowledge and wisdom, and entwines recipes and original photographs with fond recollections in prose.
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Emma Tennant enthralled readers with "A House in Corfu", drawing them into that peculiarly special world of idyll only discovered amongst the Greek islands. Tiny villages and hamlets perched on cliffs, away from the tourist hustle, bustle and razzmatazz, have a life of their own, continuing centuries of tradition, impervious to the outside world. Corfu, Kerkyra, was one such place back in the 1960s when Emma's parents bought the land their adored villa, Rovinia, is built on. Today, the island is a mecca for ravers, partygoers and those just wanting sun, sand and sex. But away from the Glyfadas and Paleokastritsas lies this other world that Emma describes with such eloquence. A world of delicious food and wine, wild flowers and animals, of bliss sitting on a terrace with a glass of ouzo or wine as day suddenly descends into night. Filled with captivating memories, "Corfu Banquet" is a celebration of this beautiful Ionian island. Interspersed with tantalisingly simple recipes so reminiscent of Corfiot food such as pastitsia, stifado and bourdeto, you'll find yourself torn between reading and rushing to the kitchen to make these dishes yourself. For Greek lovers, food aficionados, travel writing lovers and more, all will find a little piece of heaven between these enchanting pages. - Lucy Watson