James Martin's French Adventure
James arrives in Saint-Emilion where he holidayed with his family as a child and started his love affair with food and wine. James visits the hotel and kitchen in Saint-Emilion where he first worked and trained to be chef and also samples and prepares the foods so prominent to the area, including the perfect steak and original macaroons invented in 1620 - always accompanied by his favourite Saint-Emilion wine!
James arrives in Canal Du Midi. Starting in historic Carcassonne, James cooks up a delicious fish stew on the banks of the canal and hops aboard a boat for a trip towards the coast. In exchange for a little work, he is treated to a traditional cuttlefish lunch cooked in the boat's tiny kitchen before disembarking at L'Étang de Thau. There he treats the crew to a classic French dish, Moules Mariniere.
James visits Languedoc, famous for its wine and the hearty meaty dish, cassoulet. Here James stays at an 18th century coach house where hosts Mike and Val cook the team a feast using local ingredients. James also treats himself to a wander around a museum dedicated to Citroën 2CVs and turns up the heat with a steak cooked on a barbecue in the blazing sunshine.
James Martin's French Adventures takes him to picturesque Charente. He starts his journey in the heart of the Cognac region and inspired by a visit to a local distillery, James uses Cognac for his first al fresco cook. He also follows in the footsteps of the Queen Mother to pay a visit to Chateau Venteuil, home of the De La Rochefoucald family.
Continuing his travels around France, James visits a region known for its traditional hearty cuisine, buried treasures and a love of all things duck.
James Martin's travels around France continue in the city of Lyon, known as the gastronomic capital of France, where he explores the two sides of the culinary scene.
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