Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Recipes from Three Pines, Quebec

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With her Chief Inspector Gamache series, author Louise Penny has created a tucked-away world in the fictitious village of Three Pines, Quebec. While solving crimes and discussing life, her characters have lovely meals in their own homes and in Olivier's Bistro.

During this blazing New Mexican summer, I was dreaming of snowfall on the Three Pines village green, blazing fires in the snug bistro, and tables laid with plates of Shepherd's Pie. I searched around for recipes from Three Pines and this is what I found.

You can download a pdf file of Louise Penny's cookbook, The Nature of the Feast, which contains the recipes from the Gamache series in the section below, plus a few more:

Here are some of the recipes from the series website at

Apple and Avocado Salsa with Honey-Lime Dressing

Cheese and Leek Dish with a Crunchy Crumble Top:

Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse

Duck, Brie, and Fig Confit Sandwich

French Onion Soup

Grilled Garlic Shrimp and a Quinoa-Mango Salad

Homemade Lemonade

Pain Doré

Roast Turkey and Chestnut Stuffing

Steak Frites with Mayonnaise

Sugar Pie


So far, so good. Thinking of the many other culinary experiences in the books, I was lucky enough to come across a website done by a book discussion group that took each dish and figured out how to cook it. The site is called The Night is a Strawberry; Cooking Our Way to Three Pines. Here you will find Parsnip and Apple Soup, Shepherd's Pie, Clotted Cream, Hot Chocolate, many more recipes and a bonus: In Search of a Licorice Pipe.

And here is a complete pdf version of Les Saveurs de Three Pines: