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Patricia Wells

presents The French Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Lessons from Paris and Provence (William Morrow, $35). A special, limited event to include the book, with tastes prepared by Summer Kitchen and wine from Vintage Berkeley Elmwood. Tickets: $60 per person, $75 per couple, available at the store or by phone: 704.8222.

Wednesday, October 30, 7:30pm

A special, limited event to include the book, with tastes prepared by Summer Kitchen and wine from Vintage Berkeley Elmwood. Tickets: $60 per person, $75 per couple, available in person at the store or by phone: 704.8222.

With this new cookbook, culinary legend Patricia Wells invites home cooks into her life in France, making the fresh and delicious recipes from her popular classes available to fans who dream of experiencing their own gastronomic adventure in the world's culinary capital.

Beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated with stunning color photos, The French Kitchen Cookbook is a compilation and reflection on what she and her students have learned. Patricia Wells's meticulously written recipes express the basics—the rules that will help anyone become a better cook, while providing the deep satisfaction that comes from creating exquisite food from the freshest ingredients.

Here are some of her best recipes for appetizers, desserts, and everything in between, dishes inspired by the vibrant Provençal countryside and the bustle of Parisian life, including Miniature Onion and Goat Cheese Tatins, Zucchini and Basil Velouté, Fricassée of Chicken with Fennel, Capers, Tomatoes and Sausage, and Apricot Lavender Honey Sorbet.

Patricia Wells runs a popular cooking school—At Home with Patricia Wells—in Paris and Provence.  She won the James Beard Award for The Provence Cookbook, Patricia Wells at Home in Provence and Simply French.. Also nominated for Beard Awards were Vegetable Harvest and The Paris Cookbook. With her husband, Walter, she is also the author of  We've Always Had Paris.