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If you love food and wine from Provence but are not familiar with Provence’s history and geography, this cookbook is for you. It provides a compressed history of the region alongside the development of the food and wine.


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Original content by Endre Barath, Jr. 01238708

What is on our bookshelf? Great question...

Thanks for the inspiration from our friend Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  to participate in this Active Rain Challenge. Had I not participated, I would have been remiss.


Those of you who read my blog posts and comments on Active Rain and my other World Wide Web platforms know that I am a book collector (former reader) who happens to also love good food and good wines. Having had less and less time to read books over the years I re-classified myself now as a book collector rather than a reader. This of course is due to the fact that real estate has kept me very active and very busy making my true reading time a virtual impossibility. I am very grateful for this problem, and I’m sure you get the idea how real estate can be a huge distraction from the escape of well-written memoir or novel. Hence, the idea to read and post a ‘book review’ became an even bigger challenge than I anticipated.


In the past 30 days I managed to close five very time-consuming escrows and add another eight properties to my listings. Then to boot, we have been in the midst of remodeling our small bathroom and painting the outside of our house. Yet, I have longingly looked around at our vast collection of books and I kept gravitating back to the cookbooks bookcase and having internal conversations in my head over which book to read and write about.


I am very similar to Thomas Keller of French Laundry fame in both his outlook and point of view about cooking. He has always been very inspirational to me on both counts. (Incredibly I have had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak on a couple occasions at the LA Times Festival of Books.) Keller has quite often said “…there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it…” Like Keller, I too get pleasure out of making good food and seeing the reactions of the people to whom I serve the food. It makes me feel so proud and happy when I see positive reactions from friends who appreciate and enjoy my food. Again to quote Thomas Keller “…respect for food is respect for life…” and if I might add serving and savoring good wine enhances every meal.


With that said I have had the book “Provence Food and Wine the Art of Living” by Francois Millo and Viktorija Todorosvska on my desk for the past four months. I would read a page or two here and there and thanks to Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  I finished it. If you love food and wine from Provence but are not familiar with Provence’s history and geography, this cookbook is for you. It provides a compressed history of the region alongside the development of the food and wine.

In all, this book has about 47 wonder recipes, some more challenging than others. If you like mussels, I highly recommend Mussels A LA PROVENCAL, a recipe that will take you less than 30 minutes to make from start to finish. It might inspire you to try foods and wines from Provence that you have not been exposed to.

This is a book not just for cooks - it is perfect for anyone interested in the art of living and a must read for those who want to travel through Provence via pictures and words and get a taste and sense of the detail of the local culture.

Wishing you a safe Wishing you a safe and healthy life and I look forward to your comments. If you are looking for a knowledgeable, focused and goal-oriented Realtor in the Beverly Hills area who will help you achieve your Real Estate goals, please reach out to me directly! If you are looking for a pet friendly Beverly Hills Realtor who can handle and sell the most difficult properties that no one else could, please reach out to me directly!! If you are considering buying or selling a home, a luxury home, luxury investment real estate, luxury vacation homes, or luxury beach properties in Southern California, Los Angeles, Century City, Westwood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Venice or Malibu, feel free to contact me at 310.486.1002 ( m) homes@endrebarath.com or visit one of my websites at https://www.endrebarath.com I contribute a portion of my commission to local animal rescue organizations. Endre Barath,Jr. Realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties DRE#01238708

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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Office:  301-258-7757 

Comments (7)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Roy - Endre has a wonderful collection of books.

Sep 18, 2021 02:47 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave commentst at the original blog by Endre Barath, Jr.  

Sep 18, 2021 07:43 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy Kelley

I missed this blog by Endre.  Thanks for sharing it. Off to his blog to comment.  Happy Saturday!

Sep 18, 2021 01:04 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

This is reminding me to actually read the things on my bookshelf or give some away. Thanks for the reminder, Roy

Sep 18, 2021 09:45 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to  hear from you.

Sep 19, 2021 06:09 AM