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Van Gogh's table at the Auberge Ravoux
Leaf, Alexandra.
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New York : Artisan, 2001.
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217 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
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TX637 .L393 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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At the Auberge Ravoux, in a tiny artists' village twenty miles from Paris, Postimpressionist painter Vincent van Gogh found a measure of peace in an otherwise ill-starred life. In what would be his last home, he enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow artists and an unparalleled burst of creativity.

The auberge still operates today as the Maison de Van Gogh. Little has changed since Van Gogh set down his bags more than a century ago, and visitors to its cafT are treated to the same regional cuisine that he dined upon.

Here is an intimate view into Van Gogh's world, as stirring as sharing poulet and pommes sautTes with the artist himself. Written by one of America's foremost culinary historians, with Dr. Fred Leeman, the former chief curator of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and including an introduction by the auberge's proprietor, this unique cookbook/art book explores life in the artists' cafT, with traditional recipes ranging from the hearty to the refined. Letters, engravings, postcards, and a selection of Van Gogh's paintings transport the reader to the turn of the century.

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Booklist Review

In 1890 Vincent van Gogh ended his life in a room above a small cafein Auvers-sur-Oise, a Parisian suburb. Alexandra Leaf and Fred Leeman have produced an art book-cookbook, Van Gogh's Table at the Auberge Ravoux, documenting the foods of the Auberge Ravoux, now known as the Maison de Van Gogh. Recipes typify the hearty, bourgeois cuisine that van Gogh might have eaten in the Auberge's warm and welcoming downstairs dining room: lamb stew, rabbit fricassee, beef Burgundy, and poached pears. To round out these recipes for staple French dishes, the book provides further recipes for dishes typical of contemporary cooking in the region of the \xeb le-de-France. Van Gogh's paintings contribute vibrantly colored and fitting illustrations.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Alexandra Leaf''s Van Gogh's Table exhibits more European charm in describing the Auberge Ravoux, where the great one-eared painter spent his final years. Fifty recipes for bistro classics such as Rosemary Roast Chicken with Pan-Fried Potatoes, and Garlic and Warm Tarte Tatin with CrSme FraOche, accompany generously illustrated essays that name the fellow patrons depicted in van Gogh's art and his struggle with suicidal impulses. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Van Gogh spent the last few months of his life in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small village outside Paris that had attracted other artists before him. He had a small room at the Auberge Ravoux, and Dr. Gachet, recommended by Pisarro, lived nearby and befriended him. In 1987, a Belgian businessman living in Paris, intrigued by the history of the Auberge, which was still operating as a cafe, bought and restored it; today, the Maison van Gogh attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. The first section of this volume, written by Leeman, former chief curator of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, provides biographical and artistic context for the artist's cafe paintings, many of which are reproduced here. The second half, written by culinary historian Leaf, is subtitled "Dining at Van Gogh's Table" and includes 40 recipes from the cafe's current chef in three chapters: "Cuisine Populaire," traditional home-style dishes; "Cuisine du Terroir," regional specialties; and "Cuisine Bourgeoise," which features menus that might have been served at Dr. Gachet's house. This charming, somewhat wistful book is recommended for larger art history and cookery collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Fred Leeman
Van Gogh's Last HomeDominique-Charles Janssens
Part 1 A Private Life in Public Placesp. 6
A Place to Live, a Place to Workp. 11
True Friends, Mere Acquaintancesp. 39
Give Us Our Daily Breadp. 57
A Remedy Against Suicidep. 67
The Auberge RavouxJulia R.. Galosy
Part 2 Recipes from Van Gogh's TableAlexandra Leaf
A New Home in Auversp. 100
Cuisine Populairep. 109
Fields of Wheat and Flowering Peasp. 136
Cuisine du Terroirp. 145
Sunday Lunches with Dr. Gachetp. 172
Cuisine Bourgeoisep. 179