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Paris to Provence

June 2013 book selection

Paris to Provence

by Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington

An Amazing Event for CapRadio Reads

June 9, 2013

What a wonderful, if warm, day.  C.G. Diarie opened its doors, its heart and even its Tank Room to our readers for a sumptuous day of conversation, food and wine. Our guests were treated to a private view of the Tank Room, which had been converted to a beautiful event space, and heard the authors speak about their childhoods in France, the food they loved and the experiences they had. Afterwards, Sara and Ethel signed books while we all enjoyed a glass of wine before we bid farewell to this gorgeous setting.  We hope you were able to join us for this event, and that we will see you soon at our Face to Face meeting on July 9th at 6:30pm in our Community Room, when we discuss the latest selection, Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter.

An Afternoon of Food, Wine and Wonderful Conversation

June 5, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

We are all set for our party at the beautiful C.G. Diarie Winery, honoring authors Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington and their amazing book Paris to Provence.

Have you finished reading Paris to Provence? Ready to pack your bags and get on a plane? No need really.  We have such a lovely party planned for you, and we have imported the weather from the South of France too.  Be sure to bring your most beautiful fan and a pretty sun dress for the ladies. We will have cooling beverages, delightful food and I've been doing a little baking with inspiration from the book.

If you haven't had an opportunity to sign up to come to the party, please go to the link on this webpage and sign up. It is going to be a wonderful day and you won't want to miss it. 

We look forward to seeing you at the C.G.Diarie Winery (past the tasting room) at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, June 8th. 

As always, thanks for reading.

From Paris to Provence to Mt. Aukum

May 29, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

We should be coming to the end of our reading journey by now, and I am hoping the books this month have left you inspired to cook, to travel and to dine on all things Francais.

Along with the tastes and smells Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington talk about in their beautiful book Paris to Provence they also talk about the light looking over the vineyards and the sound of the squeaky floors in their 18th century house and the church bells in the village.  I don't think there is any sound more wonderful than the middle of the night comfort of a village churchbell., or anything more European than the whine of a police siren in the streets of Paris.  Now that I've read through the book, it's time for me to get cooking.  I'll be making some treats for you to take home after our wonderful event at C.G. DiArie Vineyards a week from Saturday on June 8th.  Don't delay getting your tickets as they are starting to be quite scarce.  All are welcome, so please bring a friend. The tickets are $20.00 each and you will love the refreshments, the conversation with the authors, who will be interviewed by Donna Apidone, host of Morning Edition and the Provence like setting.

ParisToProvenceBefore closing today, I have one more very special invitation for you.  We have just launched our CapRadio Reads website.  The site is full of information about our book club, books featured on NPR and stories from local authors and Capital Public Radio personalities.  It will take you further into our world of books than we have been able to go with the blog.  From now on, when you go to http://capradio.org/books on your browser, you will end up at this sight.  Hope you enjoy it. Please let us know!

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Paris to Provence event and as always, thanks for reading.

May 23, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Does this month's book, Paris to Provence, make you want to hop on the next flight to France?  Join us at the C.G. DiArie Vineyard and Winery on June 8 for an afternoon of talk, wine and food in a setting reminiscent of Provence.  Register now.

How are you enjoying reading the books this month? From the beautiful photographs and recipes in the book by Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington to the stories of living the life of a young family and the history of Provence in A Pig in Provence I don't think it's difficult to imagine yourself doing it. Perhaps after reading a chapter you decide to have your own party in August and invite your friends to A Grand Aoili!  Have them bring their own utensils and you provide the food and some lovely wine.  What a wonderful evening it could be. If only we had old friends who could come and tell stories of truffle hunting and fighting in the resistance, of swimming in the blue waters and lying on the rocky beaches at Nice, or better yet, the beignet vendor strolling down the beach selling his basket full of beignets.....We may not have beignets, but we we will have other Mediterranean treats and very lovely wines, so we look forward to seeing you on June 8th. 

As always, thanks for reading.

I Love Paris In The Springtime

May 20, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Three Visions, Two Books, One Country

Both the books we are reading this month are books I chose to read because of their beauty, their writing and because I have travelled to France and share the authors love of the place and the food.

The magnetism of shared experiences is really a remarkable thing.  Both the books we are reading this month, Paris to Provence by Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington and A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan are books I chose to read because of their beauty, their writing and because I have travelled to France and share the authors love of the place and the food.  Having read A Pig in Provence years ago, it inspired me to go stay in the a small village in Provence in a house owned by the author. Reading the book again, now, after being there, I am once again amazed with Brennan's ability to draw a picture of life in a very remote section of Provence, raising not only her children, but goats, lambs and a husband.  Her descriptions of the days are from the perspective of a mother who is also working hard to learn new skills, in a new country, while at the same time making an incredible life for her family. From the start of the book we see her challenges, not only to learn the craft of living in Provence, but also to be able to be accepted as a member of this small community.  How amazing it is now, to view that same time and that life, from the eyes of her daughter Ethel in her book Paris to Provence.

Her memories of the same time also revolve around the foods, but also specifically around the long dinners and the stories that were told.  The farmhouse they lived in was once lived in by German soldiers, who occupied the area.  The Resistance was also strong in the area, so the men would work the fields during the day and be out trying to thwart the Nazi's by  night.  All the stories in both books evoke a time, not that long ago that was obviously a dream fulfilled by Mother, daughter and friend, that continues to this day. Hope you are enjoying reading their stories and that you will be joining us for our amazing event at the C.G Di Arie Vineyard and Winery on June 8th at two in the afternoon.  We have only a limited number of tickets left, so please don't delay.

In case you haven't filled your Francophile bookcase, I also highly recommend the new book by Edward Rutherfurd, Paris.  I just finished it and loved this portrait of Paris, done as a historical novel.  Like our two books for June, it makes you feel as if you are living through the time and in the place.

As always, thank you for reading.

New Title Announcement - From Paris To Provence

May 5, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

CapRadio Readers are in for a triple creme treat in June.  It is my great pleasure to announce the title for our June CapRadio Reads event. Paris to Provence: Childhood Memories of Food & France by Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington.

This book, part cookbook, part memoir, is not only a book of memories of childhoods spent exploring the roads and foods of France, but also the coming together of two new friends, with very similar memories of a very special place, but the most beautiful compilation of photos, maps and remembrances. We thought it fitting to celebrate the release of this gorgeous book in an equally gorgeous setting, so we invite you, our loyal CapRadio Readers to join us for a food and wine reception, a conversation with the authors Ethel Brennan and Sara Remington and a book signing at the beautiful vineyards of C. G. Di Arie Vineyard and Winery, 5200 Di Arie Road, Mount Aukum, Ca. 95656.  This event will take place on Saturday, June 8th, from two until four in the afternoon.  Please register to attend this very special event. You will be able to taste the wine in the vineyard where it began it's life and speak to the wine maker himself.  If this isn't enough, I also encourage you to pick up a copy of Ethel Brennan's mother's book, A Pig in Provence, by Georgeanne Brennan.  This book will give you the mother's perspective on the same childhood. Georgeanne Brennan in a local food celebrity, who does classes on Provencal cooking, works with schools to design healthy menus for kids and has written numerous cookbooks of her own.

In future blogs we will be discussing both books, but for now, please hurry to be among the few who have the opportunity to come to this very special day.

I look forward to seeing you in our own beautiful wine country on June 8th, but for now, as always, thanks for reading.

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