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Rick Stein

Rick Stein’s Secret France
  • Rick Stein’s Secret France

  • Discover the enchanting essence of authentic French home cooking with the man who introduced us to it.

    Fifty years ago Rick Stein first set foot in France. Now, he returns to the food and cooking he loves the most … and makes us fall in love with French food all over again.

    In search of the new French Idyll, Rick’s meandering quest through the byways and back roads of rural France sees him pick up inspiration from Normandy to rural Provence. With characteristic passion and joie de vivre, Rick serves up incredible recipes: chicken stuffed with mushrooms and Comte, grilled bream with aioli from the Languedoc coast, a duck liver parfait bursting with flavour, and a recipe for the most perfect raspberry tart plus much, much more.


    France is the culinary cradle of Europe, blessed with exquisite food and wine, and it’s born a generation of classical cooks. We think we know French cooking, but we are about to discover true, rustic French cooking: simple fare, wonderful ingredients, all perfectly assembled.

    In Secret France, Rick goes off road through hidden towns and sleepy villages to discover the true heart of the enchanting country that had the biggest influence on his cooking. Through vibrant, fresh and uncomplicated recipes he finds the true essence of a food so universally loved, and far easier to recreate than you think.

RELEASED 31/10/2019

Rick Stein is a well-loved and respected chef, TV presenter and author who has produced an array of award-winning books and television series, including Rick Stein's Seafood, Seafood Lover's Guide, Taste of the Sea, Food Heroes, French Odyssey, Mediterranean Escapes, Coast to Coast most recently his Far Eastern Odyssey. All of his books and programmes show a commitment to good-quality produce, sustainable fishing and good husbandry. Rick owns four restaurants, a delicatessen, a patisserie, a seafood cookery school and forty guest bedrooms in the small fishing port of Padstow, Cornwall. In 2003, Rick was awarded an OBE for services to West Country Tourism. He divides his time between Padstow and Australia, which he regards as his second home.