RAPHAËLE MARCHAL TALKS ABOUT HER BOOK ABOUT PICNICS
Who are you?
Raphaële: 29 years old, big eater forever, cookbook writer, TV columnist, food festivals animator, journalist at Fou de Cuisine and Elle, and most recently, podcast presenter!
Can you tell us more about your book?
It's funny because I never imagined writing a book on this theme. Having a picnic has always been my parents' favourite form of dining, whether at ski resorts or in the mountains in summer, on a boat or on the train, in the forest or in the garden; we always had a picnic. Sometimes we even stayed at home and they’d say: "Tonight is picnic night", meaning: "We are too lazy to cook a real dish, so everyone, help yourselves from the fridge!".
Picnicking was ever-present, so much so that I wasn't even conscious of it until my editor said to me: “Your outdoor Instagram posts look great; we’re going to make a book out of them!”
So there are 25 recipes by Chicken Bacon Lettuce, a catering company that I love, with beautiful photos by Emilie Franzo; there are also the stories of seven crazy picnickers: Emmanuelle Marie, Fleur Godart, Céline Maguet, Jill Cousin, Déborah Pham, Guillaume Muller and Jean-Antoine Ottavi, as well as tips and tricks for all picnic "contexts", with real-life anecdotes.
What makes a successful picnic ?
I believe it varies a lot from one person to another. The ideal picnic is very laid-back in the middle of a great physical effort: hiking, mountain biking, swimming, skiing... that's the moment when we are exhausted, when our legs hurt, we're hot, we're starving, and we find an incredible spot, with a beautiful view, fragrant smells, wild ponies... and here we go - bums on the ground, eating too much... Nothing makes me happier!
According to you, what are the essential ingredients for successful holidays?
The mountains for hiking, otherwise it's not a holiday; a region with a rich food culture, so that feasts are abundant, local and seasonal; friends, of course; good wine; and from time to time, the beach or a swimming pool.
Where are you going this summer? Has the situation changed your plans?
To Noirmoutier with my boyfriend, including a trip to Alexandre Couillon's restaurant - my little paradise. Then Garance farm, enjoying Guillaume, the farm and the vegetable patch; and finally to stay with my parents in the Basque country. Not at all what was initially planned but I think it will be great!
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