AT MY FRENCH TABLE
"At My French Table is an ode to a beautiful country and the French way of life.
'If as a child you loved fairy tales and dreamt of being Cinderella, or if you yearned to be the handsome prince with a turreted castle, you're going to adore Jane Webster's gloriously illustrated At My French Table." New York Journal of Books
After years of painstaking work renovating an old château in Normandy, Jane Webster has found her bearings, running The French Table over the summers and juggling family life across two countries year-round. In this, her second book, she offers us a glimpse into life as a local in a French village: keeping house, visiting the markets, restoring the walled kitchen garden, and indulging her passion for 'antiquing' at flea markets and antique fairs. Above all, she shares the simple pleasure of cooking for family and friends – with more than 40 divine regional recipes.
'When we found this run-down château of Bosgouet, we'd been dreaming of buying a house in France for some time. We'd become obsessed with the idea of living in the French countryside, of learning a new language and traditions, and of giving our children a new perspective on the world. In 2005, we decided that we'd dreamed about it for long enough and needed to take the plunge . . . The adventure brought us together as a family more strongly than ever, and we found a sense of harmony here in the French countryside that had been hard to maintain at home in Australia.'
In 2005 Jane and her Family moved to a grand chateau in the Normandy countryside. There they created a new life for two years. The children attended local schools and their life changed forever.
"After years of thinking about it, Jane & Peter Webster finally bought a dilapidated chateau in France. She and her husband had decided they didn't want to die wondering what it would be like to live in the country they both loved so much, so they sold their house in Melbourne, took their four young children out of school and moved the whole family to a tiny village in Normandy.
This is the magical story of their first year in France: with a new language to learn, new friends to make, and a whole new region – from Deauville to Rouen – to discover. It is also the story of Chateau de Bosgouet and how Jane & Peter lovingly brought this grand but neglected old house back to life." Penguin Books