Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One (Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Paris Regions)

Carole Bumpus (Author)


Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes (cuisine pauvre) in the kitchens of French families as she traveled throughout the countryside. Travel with her through Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers' markets, ancient potters' guilds, and restaurant kitchens with wood-fire ovens. Learn how to make homemade Spinach-stuffed Tortellini with Bolognaise Sauce from the Champagne region, Crêpes and Watercress-stuffed Ravioli from the Lorraine, and Baekeofe and Kugelhopf from the Alsace. "Go blind" from the family stock of Eau de Vie liqueur and be treated to tales of foraging for snails for the infamous and now extinct Escargots Festival. And, on a somber note, listen to accounts of families forced from their communities during the German occupation of WWII in the Alsace and Lorraine, only to continue to struggle for survival after finally making their way home.

This book is a compilation of stories about making ends meet; about people being grateful for all they had, even when they had almost nothing; about the sharing of family jokes and laughter; and about family trials and triumphs. This book is about people savoring the life they have been given.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
She Writes Press
Publish Date
August 27, 2019
5.6 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.76 pounds

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About the Author

Carole Bumpus began writing about food and travel when she stumbled upon the amazing stories of women and war in France. Her historical novel, A Cup of Redemption, was published in October 2014, and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, was released in August 2015. Book One, of her Savoring the Olde Ways Series, called Seaching for Family and Traditions at the French Table was published August 2019. Her second of this series is due to be published August 2020, and the third book, Searching for Family and Traditions at the Italian Table is due to be released in April 2021. She has also had three short stories published in the Fault Zone anthologies: Words from the Edge, Stepping up to the Edge, and Over the Edge. A retired family therapist, Bumpus lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visit her website at


"Both a regional history and a cooking memoir, this is even more than the sum of its parts, and a celebration of living life every moment. Francophiles, history fans, and foodies will love this book." --Booklist ". . . engaging. . . . Bumpus's writing is perspicuous and economical. . . . The recipes, too, are enticing and detailed, and the book as a whole should appeal to Francophiles and ambitious cooks. A culinary adventure that's enhanced by familial and regional histories." --Kirkus Reviews "The book is peppered with descriptions of regional and family dishes . . . and is a wonderful ride through four regions of France, generating great excitement for its follow-up." --Foreword Reviews "Mouth-wateringly delicious, evocative, and utterly charming." --French Book Worm, on Good Life "These are stories of history and change, of cherishing traditions partly because of the sense that they may not continue forever, making them even more precious and Bumpus's recording of them even more vital. . . ." --Jeannette Ferrary, author of MFK Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship "Carole's enthusiasm for the region's people, history and culinary traditions leaps from the pages in this down-to-earth exploration of north-eastern France. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a glass of wine and dig in!" --Fiona Valpy, author of The French for Love "This is a gem of a book for foodies, francophiles and lovers of storytelling. Carole Bumpus is an insightful and gracious guest." --Patricia Sands, author of the bestselling Love in Provence series "In a carefully constructed itinerary, and with notebook in hand, Carole visits with local families who recount how traditional French dishes have been woven into their everyday lives and upbringings. . . . This book is chock-full of details and foodie inspiration and gives the reader intimate insight into French home-cooking traditions." --Belle Provence Travels "This book is a gem . . . . If food, France, history, and culture interest you, then don't miss this book that perfectly combines all of these and more." --The French Village Diaries "Warning: Do not read this book if you are hungry or within reach of a credit card. You will end up cooking (and eating) all of the included recipes, or buying a ticket for the next flight to France, or both--all while devouring this book. Because, much like the dishes and stories she describes, Carole Bumpus's writing is simply delectable." --Pink Pangea