From Dany's childhood in post-war France, to her migration to Australia and rise to culinary success - this is truly a book to devour! Acclaimed restaurateur Dany Chouet helped shape French cuisine in Australia throughout the 1970s, 80's and 90's through her successful restaurants Upstairs, Au Chabrol, Glenella and Cleopatra. Now back in south-west France, she and her partner are wooing international customers with gourmet tours and Dany's quintessential country cooking. In her first book, So French, Dany tells her fascinating life story which is interwoven with more than 60 timeless recipes and complemented by stunning images taken at her home in the south of France. From traditional garlic and onion soup to hearty salt cod and potato ragout and sweet nectarine and raspberry gratin, browsing through the pages of So French is sure to make your tastebuds tingle and your thoughts travel to provincial France.
After moving from Paris to Australia in the 1970s, Dany opened Upstairs, the first authentic French bistro in Sydney. She went on to become a pioneer of French cuisine in Australia, creating the hugely successful Au Chabrol, Glenella and the renowned Cleopatra, a restaurant and guesthouse in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. After a highly successful seventeen-year reign at Cleopatra, Dany then returned to rural France, the gastronomic centre of Europe, to continue her lifelong love affair with sensational cooking.