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Bisous and Brioche

Classic French Recipes and Family Favorites from a Life in France

by (author) Laura Bradbury

by (photographer) Rebecca Wellman

TouchWood Editions
Initial publish date
Nov 2020
French, General
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Shortlisted for a 2021 Taste Canada Award

A book of recipes from the author of the Grape Series memoirs that will transport you to a rustic French cottage surrounded by vineyards, no matter where in the world your kitchen might be.

For years readers of Laura Bradbury's bestselling Grape Series memoirs have been clamouring for the secrets behind all the mouthwatering meals described in the stories about her life in Beaune, Burgundy. Together with her friend, photographer and cookbook author Rebecca Wellman, Laura shares recipes that have been handed down through her husband Franck's family or passed on by French friends and neighbours, and that now feature regularly on the menu at her house.

Bisous & Brioche features classics like vinaigrettes, madeleines, crêpes, crème fraîche, tarts, cassoulet, coq au vin—dishes whose names alone will warm the heart of any Francophile. The recipes are served up with anecdotes about their arrival in Laura's life and are accompanied by Rebecca's sun-soaked photos of market visits, meal prep, and lazy lunches in the vineyard.

About the authors

Laura Bradbury is the author of the novel A Vineyard for Two and the bestselling Grape Series memoirs, which recount how she followed her heart and found l’amour in the Beaune region of France. Laura, her husband Franck, and their three daughters divide their time between Victoria, BC, and Villers-la-Faye in Burgundy where they own and manage three vacation properties.

Laura Bradbury's profile page

Rebecca Wellman has always had a strong love for all things culinary. Over the past decade, she has contributed her food and lifestyle photography to many print publications including Victoria’s EAT magazine and the Outlander Kitchen Cookbook (Penguin Random House, 2016), and has worked as a stills photographer on set with The Food Network. She continues to write, create, cook, style, shoot and enjoy all the West Coast has to offer. Find out more at

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Editorial Reviews

"With its celebration of French essential cooking and stunning photography, this beautiful book should be a fixture of any Francophile kitchen."—Lindsey Tramuta, author of The New Paris and The New Parisienne

"An exceptional cookbook filled with simple but elegant recipes that dispel the myth that French cooking is complicated. The recipes and descriptions are a revelation. The mysteries of French cuisine, SOLVED! I think this book might actually improve my marriage." —Janice MacLeod, New York Times bestselling author of Paris Letters

"A feast of a book, chock full of authentic, mouth-watering recipes as well as insider hints and tips to inspire new and seasoned cooks alike. Bon appétit!" —Fiona Valpy, bestselling author of The Dressmaker’s Gift

"Fans of Bradbury's Grape Series will delight at the chance to bring a little bit of French flavour to their tables. Bisous & Brioche brings together recipes handed down through generations with the stories behind them. If you can’t share a glass of wine in Bradbury's Burgundian kitchen as she prepares a meal for you, this is the next best thing." —Mardi Michels, author of In the French Kitchen with Kids

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