John Burton Race

French Leave
  • French Leave

  • French Leave, tie-in to the major TV series directed by Pat Llewellyn, who discovered Jamie Oliver and the Two Fat Ladies, follows two-star Michelin chef John Burton Race, his wife, six children and Labrador dog as they escape everyday life in London and head off to rural France to set up home for a year. This warm and witty book seasonally chronicles John Burton Race's return to his culinary roots and his adventures along the way. There are specially commissioned authentic French country recipes including Asparagus Hollandaise; Pommes Boulangeres; Roast Duck with Prunes and Wild Strawberry Shortcake. For those whose imagination was captured by the TV series or those who simply want to read about a wonderful year of escape in France and enjoy sensational food writing, French Leave will be without doubt, the perfect book.

John Burton Race was born in Singapore in 1957. His career has spanned sous chef at Les Manoir Quat' Saisons, Oxford and head chef and manager of Le Petit Blanc, Oxford. John's own restaurants, L'Ortolan in Berkshire and The Landmark in London followed, acquiring two Michelin stars within the first year of trading. John now runs The New Angel in Dartmouth, previously Joyce Molyneux's legendary restaurant, The Carved Angel. The restaurant opened to acclaim in May 2004.