Patricia Wells reviews Monet's Palate Cookbook - The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny by Aileen Bordman and Derek Fell with a Foreword by Meryl Streep
“More than any other type of garden, a plot devoted to vegetables offers maximum pleasure to every gardener. There is no thrill that compares to growing one’s own food: planting, caring, harvesting, and bringing the treasures to the table. Monet’s Palate Cookbook provides all the inspiration anyone needs to go out and dig, plant, absorb the joys that soil offers each of us. Whether a garden novice or seasoned expert, this book offers a wealth of advice and recipes destined to improve all of our lives.”
Journalist, cooking school teacher, and author of more than a dozen books, including “Vegetable Harvest.”
For the first time in history, Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny brings Claude Monet's beloved kitchen garden back to life. Written by filmmaker Aileen Bordman and garden writer Derek Fell, the book includes sixty recipes linked to Monet's two-acre kitchen garden near his home at Giverny, France. Included is detailed information about the vegetables he grew, plus photographs and descriptions of the house interiors and gardens capturing Monet's extraordinary lifestyle. Meryl Streep has written the Foreword and the recipes beautifully photographed by Steven Rothfeld.
The farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet has been brought into the 21st century which beckons one to take a culinary journey in Monet's footsteps. The backdrop to the renaissance of the garden are chapters that cover Monet’s lifestyle including French tips for entertaining as well as recipes inspired by his cooking journals and places he visited.
The recipes were developed using the abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables found in Monet's kitchen garden. Some of Monet's favorites to grow in the kitchen garden included zucchini, cherry tomatoes, radishes, pearl onions, brussel sprouts, asparagus, rosemary and mint. A few of the recipes are of French origin, such as the famous Normandy apple tart. Others are from locations abroad where he traveled in search of motifs to paint, such as the Savoy Hotel, London where Monet acquired their recipe for Yorkshire pudding. Exquisite photography and inspired recipes brings Monet’s kitchen garden back to life.
Aileen Bordman is the creator and producer of the acclaimed documentary film titled Monet's Palate: A Gastronomic View from the Garden, which has been broadcast nationally through American Public Television to all 350 PBS stations. She has been immersed in the world of Claude Monet since 1980 and has more than 35 years of firsthand experience at Monet's home and gardens. Her knowledge and passion with respect to Claude Monet's lifestyle, cuisine, gardens and art prompted the creation of the Monet's Palate concept. Bordman independently wrote and produced the film Monet's Palate with Meryl Streep, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud, Michel Richard and Steve Wynn. The film has been screened from Cannes to New York, and was featured during the six-month "Monet's Garden" exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in New She lives in just outside of New York City in New Jersey. Derek Fell, writer and photographer, is the author of two books on Monet, The Magic of Monet's Garden and Secret's of Monet's Garden. He has a strong following as America's most widely published garden writer. His books on gardening, travel and art have been published worldwide and total more than 2.5 million books. He divides his time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Sanibel Island, Florida.
AILEEN BORDMAN - Aileen is President of Monet’s Palate, Inc., someone who grew up immersed in the world of Claude Monet, then applied her passion for Monet as an artist and a gourmand to create the Monet’s Palate® concept and brand. Because of Claude Monet, and her own passion for Monet and his world, Aileen’s decision to build on her unique family legacy to bring Monet’s passions to modern lifestyles was destiny. She created the film Monet's Palate with Meryl Streep. Food Arts Magazine featured the story of Aileen’s vision for her integrated lifestyle brand. In addition, New York Magazine, The Wine Spectator and The New York Times are among many publications that have recently written about Monet’s Palate®. Aileen's new book Monet's Palate Cookbook is being published May 2015
Now I really feel the landscape. I can be bold and include every tone of blue and pink, it’s enchanting, it’s delicious - Claude Monet
Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment - Claude Monet
Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love - Claude Monet
CLAUDE MONET - GIVERNY
Photography by Aileen Bordman
It's in the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So, we must dig and delve unceasingly Claude Monet
"I want the unobtainable. Other artists paint a bridge, a house, the boat and that is the end. They are finished. I want to paint the air which surrounds the bridge, the house, the boat, the beauty of the air in which these objects are located, and that is nothing short of impossible" Claude Monet (1840 - 1926)