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Lucy Vanel: Give us this day… a bread making workshop w/Emmanuel Hadjiandreou

September 29, 2012 bread

When Lucy Vanel came to visit and meet Baker Emmanuel Hadjiandreou, I asked her to write a post about the special weekend workshop at Camont. In her own beautiful words and photographs… “The first day of our vacation this year found us on the road to Kate’s. Our goal was to attend a weekend bread […]

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What’s red & white all over? Butcher Shops in Gascony.

February 8, 2011 Butcher Baker Armagnac-maker

In the tiny Market town of Lavardac, where I go to the Wednesday Market and park down the a little road by the river, I pass this small, tidy as a pin, one-window-wide butcher shop. I call it the Meat Museum. The old scale in window on the ice box, the red and white striped […]

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Projet Cochon- the Butcher & the Kids

November 30, 2009 Autumn

The white blackboard read: Project- “dans le cochon tout est bon” . And so it was. This week, twenty-four French lycée students between 16-20 years old and their professors M. Franck LAPIERRE and M. Jean Marc BOUILLY allowed three American kitchen-crashers to look over their shoulders as Dominique Chapolard, artisan butcher and pork producer, demonstrated […]

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Day two… this Gascony, this terroir.

November 19, 2009 Autumn

Driving to the Chateau St. Loup en Albret this morning was like flying between cloud and earth- rows of golden vines turning in sunshine alternated with blankets of fog concealing house and farm. Montagnac’s church spire floated above the mist. First stop after gathering Melissa, Robert, Tag, Porter and Nick was the morning market at […]

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Camont’s New Beekeeper- Narcisse the Sweet

November 15, 2009 a petite farm

When shopping the Le Passage d’Agen market on a Wednesday, I whisper to students and guests that “This man sells the best honey in Gascony!”. I get little patronizing nods, the cameras click away; they love his trim mustaches, the flowing gray locks,  his black Stetson hat. He flirts and poses and sells a few […]

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November 11, 2009 Butcher Baker Armagnac-maker

A world of food-making whirls around me by the time I wake, here at Camont. Yesterday, photographer Tim Clinch and I started a week of shooting for a new book project under a flour-dusted cloud called la Boulangerie de Pierre in a modest strip mall in le Passage d’Agen. This was always a good bakery. […]

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