Colette Rossant - Writings - Memoirs

Colette Rossant


The World in My Kitchen
Return to Paris
Apricots on the Nile

The World in My Kitchen
The Adventures of a (Mostly) French Woman in New York

(New York: Atria, 2006)

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Having spent her adolescence in Paris, where she met and fell in love with husband James, Colette Rossant moved to New York City, where she raises a family in the politically turbulent 1960s and supports the career of a prominent architect-husband -- while turning her kitchen into a cookbook laboratory and her study into a restaurant review workshop, including A Mostly French Food Processor Cookbook. Whether sitting at a Manhattan dinner party next to an (unknown to her) Truman Capote or hunting down the secret culinary delights of the Big Apple, Colette serves slices of New York few outsiders have ever tasted. cover of The World in My Kitchen

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Return to Paris
(New York: Atria, 2003)

After spending her formative years in Cairo, in 1947 Colette Rossant returns to her birthplace, where she finds her maternal grandparents and brother embittered by World War II and its aftermath. Again, she finds solace in the kitchen, this time with a kind-hearted cook named Georgette -- once she has tasted the simplest glories of French cuisine. (reviews) cover of Return to Paris

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(Terug naar Parijs Dutch - Holland)

Apricots on the Nile
(New York: Atria, 2004)
(AKA Memories of a Lost Egypt, New York: Clarkson Potter 1999)

Born in Paris, Colette Rossant is taken to her paternal grandparents' home in the luxurious Garden City district of Cairo, Egypt. Her father dies, and her mother enrolls her in Catholic school before leaving the country -- and Colette. The semi-orphaned girl finds solace in the kitchen with the household cook Ahmet and through him and her cuisine-talented family comes to know the wonders of Oriental cuisine. (reviews) cover of Apricots on the Nile

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(Mémoires d' une Egypte perdue [French - Français])
(Mein Kairo [German - Deutsch])
(Abrikozen langs de Nijl Dutch - Hollands)
(Sárgabarackok a Níluson [Hungarian - Magyar])
(Tadi Damagimda Kalan Ülke: Misir [Turkish - Türkçe])