Carole Bumpus

Fiction and Non-fiction Travel and Food Writer

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Continuing events for both A Cup of Redemption and Recipes for Redemption – October 2016

It’s been a year since Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption came into the world and almost two years since A Cup of Redemption made its debut!  It has been quite an interesting couple of years!  Who would have guessed my novel would end up winning, not only national awards, but
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Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you where you are from – Foods from the Lorraine

Taken from the pages of my new book due out called Savoring the Olde Way – French-Style.   Mine de Recettes and Fumets du Pays-Haut – Claude Thevenot for Anne-Marie Osiecki-Taiclet Foreword  There is a play on words in the title: A ‘mine’ in this case means a great find, or a gold mine of
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My newly published cookbook, Recipes for Redemption, serves up the wit and whimsy from the original text of the novel, A Cup of Redemption.  As an example or as a little ‘amuse bouche’, please find the following: CRÊPES de FROMENT BRITTANY – 2002 – ST. MALO –   ‘A crown of stone above the waves,’ wrote Gustave
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Savoring the Olde Ways

      If ever you have searched for a sure-fire ‘recipe’ to open a topic of conversation, try asking someone about their favorite childhood foods.  But I must warn you.  Prepare yourself:  Grab a cup of coffee, settle into a comfortable chair, or snug up to the kitchen table because you are headed for a most passionate journey.  Immediately,
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As a going-away gift after my stay in her Beine-Nauroy home (about one hundred miles east of Paris), Martine Zabée handed me a ream of paper on which she had copied some pages from a favorite cookbook she enjoyed from the Ardennes region. “This is a region just north of where we live,” she said.
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From Now-ruz, the Persian Spring Fest, to An Ancient Italian Passion Play

Updated March 20, 2014 In a recent conversation I had with my dear friend, Josiane, she mentioned hosting a beautiful young opera singer in her home from the country of Iran.  This young woman told her that today–this day–March 20, 2014–is not only the first day of Spring, but also celebrated in Persia as Spring fest-Iranian style for their
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Feste di Poderi di Montemerano, Tuscany, Italy

During our six-hour train ride from Milan, down through Genoa, and along the shimmering coastal waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea, my head bobbed on and off my husband’s shoulder. My thoughts kept the beat of the moving train—click-clack, click-clack—as I remembered with fondness how this trip to Italy had come about. It began when I
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A Drama Unfolds in Salerno

We thought of ourselves as worldly. And I suppose for Swedish Methodists plunked down on the Nebraska plains we were, because early on we had been introduced to the world of international cuisine on our very doorstep. It was through Old Gilberto. He would drive through our neighborhoods with a clunk, a clank, a rattle
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Medieval Cuisine in Arles, France

Les Cailles à Hydringus et Zinziberine (Quail with Hydringus root and Fresh ginger) Carole Bumpus “We are now ready to fully engage in the serious business of ancient and medieval cuisine,” Madeleine Vedel began. Our Provençal culinary tour group huddled around Madeleine and her chef husband, Erick, as she translated his every move. We were
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A Friday Night in Claviers

Although the sun had dropped behind the 13th century farmhouses of Claviers, a hint of golden sunlight sent its last radiant shafts onto the village square and across the tiny sidewalk café where we sat. The buildings around us held tight to the heat of this June day and St. Sylvestre’s church tower at the
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