by Aileen Bordman, Derek Fell (Photographer)

For the first time in history, Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny brings Claude Monet's beloved kitchen garden back to life. Written by filmmaker Aileen Bordman and garden writer Derek Fell, the book includes sixty recipes linked to Monet's two-acre kitchen garden near his home at Giverny, France. Included is detailed information about the vegetables he grew, plus photographs and descriptions of the house interiors and gardens capturing Monet's extraordinary lifestyle. Meryl Streep has written the Foreword and the recipes beautifully photographed by Steven Rothfeld.

The farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet has been brought into the 21st century which beckons one to take a culinary journey in Monet's footsteps. The backdrop to the renaissance of the garden are chapters that cover Monet’s lifestyle including French tips for entertaining as well as recipes inspired by his cooking journals and places he visited.

The recipes were developed using the abundance of fresh herbs and vegetables found in Monet's kitchen garden. Some of Monet's favorites to grow in the kitchen garden included zucchini, cherry tomatoes, radishes, pearl onions, brussel sprouts, asparagus, rosemary and mint. A few of the recipes are of French origin, such as the famous Normandy apple tart. Others are from locations abroad where he traveled in search of motifs to paint, such as the Savoy Hotel, London where Monet acquired their recipe for Yorkshire pudding. Exquisite photography and inspired recipes brings Monet’s kitchen garden back to life.

Monet's Palate Cookbook The Artist & His Kitchen

  • About The Author AILEEN BORDMAN is a filmmaker and founder of Monet’s Palate, Inc., a company dedicated to sharing the world of Claude Monet. She has been immersed in the world of Claude Monet since 1980 and has more than 30 years of firsthand experience at Monet’s home and gardens. Her knowledge and passion with respect to Claude Monet’s lifestyle, cuisine, gardens and art prompted the creation of the Monet’s Palate concept. Bordman independently wrote and produced the film Monet’s Palate. The film has been screened from Cannes to New York, and was featured during the six-month “Monet’s Garden” exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden in New York City. DEREK FELL has written a series of books about the great Impressionist painters that has received wide acclaim, including Renoir’s Garden, The Magic of Monet’s Garden, Cezanne’s Garden and Van Gogh’s Gardens. For six years, Derek hosted the popular QVC television garden show Step-by-Step Gardening and publishes the monthly on-line gardening newsletter, the Avant Gardener. He lives with his wife, Carolyn, at historic Cedaridge Farm, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. There he cultivates gardens inspired by the Impressionist painters. ISBN-13: 9781423639978 Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher Publication date: 5/1/2015 Pages: 176 - Cooking | Regional & Ethnic | French