“I savored every page of The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux. Join a ‘ruined’ chef as she rebuilds her life at an ancestral chateau, rekindles an old romance, and, of course, labors in the grand kitchens where aspirations are fostered and dreams brought to fruition. With an ear for language, evocative sensory details, and delectable recipes, Samantha Verant invites us to take our seat at the table and relish a delicious sojourn in the south of France. And just remember: never trust a skinny chef.” —Juliet Blackwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence, Letters from Paris, and The Paris Key
“The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux is a scrumptious novel about family, love, and food, layered like the very best dishes, each bite revealing another luscious note. If you love fiction and food, Samantha Verant serves it up right.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
“Samantha Vérant brings her love of France and food to this vibrant, gratifying book. The recipes and characters leap off the page and Vérant deftly appeals to all five senses, as well as the heart. A perfect novel for anyone who enjoys good food and a great tale.” —Michelle Gable, New York Times bestselling author of A Paris Apartment and The Summer I Met Jack
“Indulge in the delicious story of a professional chef, spiced with a French château and sweetened with a love story. A charming read.” —Janice MacLeod, author of the New York Times bestseller Paris Letters and A Paris Year
“Verant transports us to the enchanting setting of Southern France and the magic of an exquisite French kitchen. This delectable novel is pure escapism through the delicious dishes made by chef Sophie’s expert hands, the romance involving a childhood friend, and the splendor of France. Verant’s amazing recipes are included as the perfect companion to this tasty debut.”—Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune
“A passion for all things gourmet leaps off the page in Samantha Verant’s newest novel. Told from the perspective of a determined female chef, set amid a beautiful French backdrop, The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux is a delicious tale of self-discovery. Thoroughly enjoyable!”—Nicole Meier, author of The Second Chance Supper Club
“Told with pep and so-vivid-you-can-taste-it food descriptions, The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux is a sumptuous, transporting read from start to finish. What a pleasure to follow Sophie's journey, one of love, family, and confidence lost—and found—through food.”—Jessica Tom, author of Food Whore: A Novel of Dining & Deceit
French-born American chef Sophie Valroux had one dream: to be part of the 1% of female chefs running a Michelin-starred restaurant. From a young age she was taught to cook by her grandmother, a French culinary icon who helped Sophie rise to the top of the foodie scene. But when Sophie is sabotaged by a fellow chef, her dream goes up in flames: she is fired and her reputation is left in ruins. To add icing to the cake, she learns that her beloved grandmother has suffered a stroke.Sophie books a flight back to France faster than you can say au revoir. In her grandmother’s absence, it’s up to Sophie to lead the kitchen at her family’s countryside luxury chateau. A visit to the chateau is also a trip down memory lane, complete with familiar sights and tastes—and even some characters from her past, particularly an old flame. It’s here that Sophie learns to rebuild herself and her career, and where she discovers that returning to her culinary roots may just be the recipe she needs to heal her mind and heart.
Samantha Vérant is a travel addict, a self-professed oenophile, and a determined, if occasionally unconventional, at home French chef. She lives in southwestern France, where she's married to a French rocket scientist she met in 1989, a stepmom to two incredible kids, and the adoptive mother to a ridiculously adorable French cat. When she's not trekking from Provence to the Pyrénées or embracing her inner Julia Child, Sam is making her best effort to relearn those dreaded conjugations.